Foundations of Economic Freedom: A Weekend Conference for College Students

November 19-21, 2021
Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh, PA

A Student Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh



What should the American Economy look like?

We all want Americans to prosper in an economy that promotes freedom and human flourishing—but how do we get there?

Major thought leaders disagree about what a good economy looks like. Especially in light of new threats like the economic damage caused by COVID-19 lockdowns, the rise of multinational corporations, the offshoring of American manufacturing, and the reality that we may be living through the “Chinese Century”.

The path forward is uncertain but we know that the key to economic prosperity for all Americans can be found by looking to the principles of our past. When we understand those timeless principles, we can learn how to apply them to our time and place.

Join ISI, like-minded students, and scholars of economics, philosophy, and history in Pittsburgh, PA on Nov. 19-21 for the opportunity to learn about the foundations of economic freedom in America, and how these core principles can guide the country through the precarious moment we are in.


Featured Speakers

Jason Riley

Jason Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he has written about politics, economics, education, immigration and social inequality for more than 25 years. He’s also a frequent public speaker and provides commentary for television and radio news outlets.

Dr. Paul Mueller

Dr. Paul Mueller is an associate professor of economics at The King’s College in Manhattan. He has published academic articles in the Adam Smith Review, Econ Journal Watch, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, The Review of Austrian Economics, the Journal of Private Enterprise, and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.

Antony Davies
Dr. Antony Davies

Dr. Antony Davies is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education and associate professor of economics at Duquesne University. Davies cohosts Words & Numbers, a weekly podcast on economics and policy, and is coauthor of Cooperation & Coercion (ISI Books, 2020), both with James R. Harrigan.

Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is vice president for the Collegiate Network at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and editor of ISI’s journal Modern Age. He has an extensive background in journalism, including as a columnist for The Spectator and past editor of The American Conservative. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The National Interest, First Things, Reason, and a wide range of other publications.

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Apply Now

Applications are due at midnight on October 21st.
Contact Marina Ziemnick at with any questions.