Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FREEDOM WEEK IN CAMBRIDGE (ENGLAND)

FREEDOM WEEK  13 JULY -18 JULY
(AUSPICES OF THE ADAM SMITH INSTITUE AND INSTITURE OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS)
HERE http://www.freedom-week.org
Applications for Freedom Week 2015 are now open.
The deadline for applications is April 3rd, and successful applicants will be notified by the 10th April. 
Freedom Week is an annual, one-week seminar which teaches students about classical liberalism and free market economics. It is open to over-18s who are currently attending or about to start university. The week is entirely free to attend: there is no charge whatsoever for accommodation, food, tuition or materials.
Freedom Week is aimed at students who have an interest in — yet are relatively new to — classical liberal ideas. Students who already have a strong grounding in such theory or have attended similar events in the past may instead be interested in the summer seminars hosted by the Insititute for Humane Studies (IHS).
Successful applicants will spend the week immersed in talks from some of Britain's leading thinkers. Seminars will cover the foundations, history and underlying economic principles of classical liberalism, as well as discuss cutting-edge research and contemporary debate from within the movement.
Freedom Week offers a unique chance to network with like-minded peers, academics and think tank representatives — all in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of free time and nightly social acitivities. 
By the end of the week attendees will have the knowledge, confidence and network to go out and make the case for freedom.
Freedom Week 2015 will be held at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, from 13th to 18th July.

COMMENT
I attended a week’s summer school at Cambridge University organised by the European Movement in 1965 and became and remain a committed supporter of the European Union and Scotland’s continuing membership (hopefully as an independent member in its own right after the next referendum).
Students taking advantage of the opportunity to attend Freedom Week can be sure to learn a great deal as well as meet several new lifetime friends, whatever their subsequent career paths. That certainly happened to me for most of my post-graduate career years (though at age 75 regular contact has now somewhat declined in recent years!).

[Disclosure: I am a Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute and I remain a soft Libertarian.]

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