Student Conferences

Meet top college students from across the nation. Form friendships based on a love of wisdom and timeless questions. Learn from leading conservative professors. Join a community that includes scholars, authors, government officials, journalists, attorneys, and judges.

That’s what you can expect at our conferences.


Upcoming Conferences

The Scottish Enlightenment: The Three Thinkers

March 04-07, 2021
Providence, RI

An invitation-only event bringing ISI faculty together for fellowship and discussion.

ISI Collegiate Network 2020 Editors’ Conference

March 05-07, 2021
The Hilton, Alexandria, VA

An invitation-only conference for ISI Collegiate Network editors

What Is the Future for Conservatism? A Debate

March 06, 2021
7:30 p.m. ET | Online

A major debate featuring Charles Cooke, Ross Douthat, William Kristol, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Daniel McCarthy

Idols, Identity Politics, and Lies of Our Age

March 20, 2021
10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. ET | Livestreamed from Patrick Henry College

A livestreamed conference exploring the totalitarian tendencies in modern identity politics

The Socialist Temptation: A Weekend Conference for College Students

March 26-28, 2021
Pittsburgh, PA

A weekend conference exploring why so many young people are embracing socialism—and what can be done about it

The Political Economy of Race and the Promise of Liberty

April 08-11, 2021
Providence, RI

A special weekend seminar for ISI alumni

Civic Connections: Literature, Politics, and Education in the American Tradition

April 15-18, 2021
Providence, RI

How do you give the rising generation a good civic education?

Socialism or Capitalism? A Debate

April 15, 2021
4 p.m. ET | Online

Should socialism get another look in this country? Economist Richard D. Wolff and bestselling author Arthur C. Brooks debate

America on Trial: A Weekend Conference for College Students

April 16-18, 2021
Houston, TX

APPLY BY MARCH 12: A weekend conference for college students exploring critiques of America—and how to respond

ISI Honors Conference—Part II

April 21-23, 2021
Indianapolis, IN

A private conference for ISI Honors Scholars on “American Conservatism and the Quest for Community”

Liberty and Liberal Education

April 22-25, 2021
Mecosta, MI

A special weekend seminar for graduate students

Rebuilding America: A Weekend Conference for College Students

April 23-25, 2021
Indianapolis, IN

APPLY BY MARCH 19: A weekend conference exploring a crucial but overlooked source of America’s polarization

Global Markets, Nationalism, and the Future of Economic Growth

June 03-06, 2021
Austin, TX

A special weekend seminar for ISI alumni

ISI’s Inaugural Homecoming Weekend

June 25-26, 2021
Wilmington, DE

Join ISI alumni, faculty, and supporters for a weekend of fellowship and a renewal of your ISI intellectual experience

Honors Program

Ready to go to the next level? Become an ISI Honors Scholar.

Our Honors Program begins with an intensive weeklong summer conference featuring outstanding students from across the country as well as top conservative professors. During the next academic year you will work with your ISI faculty mentor and attend invitation-only weekend seminars.

“Every conference I attend makes me value ISI more—for the knowledge I gain and the relationships I develop.”
- Tessa Piety, Berry College alumna
“When it comes to bringing students together in pursuit of truth, ISI is really second to none.”
- Micah Meadowcroft, Hillsdale College alumnus
“The rich conversations at ISI conferences made me realize why I went to university.”
- Emily Rose Mitchell, Rhodes College
“Every time I attend an ISI event or conference I am amazed by the quantity and caliber of the intellectual conversations. These discussions are invaluable to me.”
- Margaret Schuhriemen, University of Dallas