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Co-Sponsored Program

Statement of Purpose

The Co-Sponsored Program is designed to expand the scope of Liberty Fund’s educational activities through projects that are consistent with its mission. Liberty Fund, by means of its co-sponsored activities, wishes to make a “hopeful contribution…to the preservation, restoration, and development of individual liberty through investigation, research, and educational activity.”


The Co-Sponsored Program began in 2004. In the 08-09 fiscal year, Liberty Fund will conduct 77 conferences with 10 different co-sponsors (see list-left) in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, and Brazil. The program will reach about 1,900 individuals this fiscal year alone, and participants will include high school teachers, business professionals, graduate students, undergraduates, and academics.

Co-Sponsored Colloquia focus on many topics including, among others, free trade and globalization, public choice, the American Founding era, constitutional government, property rights, the limits of government, the historical understanding of growth in liberty, and federalism. Readings may also focus on individuals whose work is central to the discourse on liberty and responsibility. Thomas Jefferson, Friedrich Hayek, Adam Smith, David Hume, Milton Friedman, and Ludwig von Mises are but a few figures considered by the co-sponsored colloquia.

Co-sponsored programs combine Liberty Fund’s academic and administrative resources with the expertise and networks of our co-sponsors. Programs feature text-based Socratic discussion, but may also feature lectures, panel presentations, curriculum demonstrations, and more.

In most cases, readings for co-sponsored colloquia will include Liberty Fund publications. Participants for co-sponsored colloquia are chosen by our co-sponsoring institutions from their extensive network of contacts.

Upcoming Conferences

  • Education for All: Compulsion, the State, and Schooling (Universidad Francisco Marroquin)
  • Liberty, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (Fraser Institute)
  • Federalists and Anti-Federalists (Center for the American Idea)
  • Hayek on Liberty (Institute for Humane Studies)
  • Liberty, Commerce, and Character in Hume's Essays (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)
  • Self Interest Incentives and the Environment (Property and Environment Research Center)
  • International Monetary Economics (Instituto Liberal)
  • Presidents and the Constitution: James Madison (Bill of Rights Institute)
  • Virtue and Economic Thinking (Acton Institute)
  • Understanding Liberty and Choice: Free Trade, Globalization and Economic Development (Foundation for Teaching Economics)

CO-SPONSORS 2008-2009

ACTON INSTITUTE – Founded in 1991 by Fr. Robert Sirico and Mr. Kris Mauren, Acton is an internationally recognized and respected institute that crosses all denominational lines.  Their programs teach free-market economics to clergy and students of pastoral ministry.  Acton is also involved with business leaders, helping them recognize and defend their work as a worthy vocation.

BILL OF RIGHTS INSTITUTE - Founded in September 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute works to strengthen civic knowledge and foster civic values among the next generation of citizens. To create its programs, the Bill of Rights Institute partners with experts, including outstanding secondary school teachers; academics from the fields of American history, political science, and constitutional law; video producers; web site designers; and evaluation and curriculum experts.

CENTER FOR THE AMERICAN IDEA - The Center for the American Idea is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1976 and supported by foundations, businesses, and individuals. The Center's programs assist teachers as they educate their students in the principles of American Civilization, including liberty, private property, the rule of law, constitutionally limited government, and an enduring moral order.

FOUNDATION FOR TEACHING ECONOMICS - The mission of the FTE is to introduce young individuals, selected for their leadership potential, to an economic way of thinking about national and international issues, and to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators.

FRASER INSTITUTE - Fraser is an independent research and educational organization with offices in Calgary, Montreal, Tampa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Fraser attempts to discuss complex economic subjects in a manner that can be easily understood by a wide variety of readers. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government interventions on the welfare of individuals.

INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE STUDIES - The Institute for Humane Studies was founded in 1961 by Dr. F. A. "Baldy" Harper, a former economics professor at Cornell University.  Harper set up an institute devoted to research and education in the conviction that greater understanding of human affairs and freedom would foster peace, prosperity, and social harmony. Today, with a primary focus on students, the Institute continues the work begun by Baldy Harper. The mission of IHS is to support the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and who demonstrate the potential to help change the current climate of opinion to one more congenial to the principles and practice of freedom.

INSTITUTO LIBERAL – Instituto Liberal was created by Donald Stewart Jr. in Rio de Janeiro in 1983 as an institution dedicated to the research, production, and dissemination of ideas, theories, and concepts that show the benefits of a society organized on the basis of a liberal order.  The initial work of the Institute was focused on the translation, editing and publication of books and pamphlets, as there were very few texts on the liberalism in Brazil. Simultaneously, the IL also promotes lectures, discussions, and seminars.

INTERCOLLEGIATE STUDIES INSTITUTE - The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) is a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt educational organization whose purpose is to convey to successive generations of college youth a better understanding of the values and institutions that sustain a free and virtuous society. Founded in 1953, ISI works "to educate for liberty" — to identify the best and the brightest college students and to nurture in these future leaders the American ideal of ordered liberty.

PROPERTY AND ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH CENTER - PERC is the nation's oldest and largest institute dedicated to original research that brings market principles to resolving environmental problems.  PERC carries out its mission by research and policy analysis; outreach through conferences, books and articles; and environmental education at all levels

UNIVERSIDAD FRANCISCO MARROQUIN – Founded in 1971 in Guatemala, UFM is a private, secular, coeducational, nonresidential, and nonprofit institution whose mission is to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons.

Last modified April 13, 2016