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

Economics and the Moral Imagination

February 29, 2020
Houston Baptist College, Houston, TX

A special, invite-only conference for undergraduates.

Science, Scientism, and Society

March 06-07, 2020
5:00 p.m. Friday to 3:30 p.m. Saturday | The Discovery Institute, Seattle, WA

C.S. Lewis believed science and magic were "twins." Explore this theme with brilliant students and scholars at this free...

The Rise of the Administrative State

March 20-22, 2020
Pittsburgh, PA

A free weekend conference for undergraduate students.

Cooperation or Coercion?

March 20, 2020
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. | Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA

The two ways humans work together, and what that means for economics and politics

“Start the Presses”

April 03-04, 2020
Indianapolis, IN

Launch or grow your campus paper with a weekend of workshops and professional advice.

National Security and Just War

April 04, 2020
Indianapolis, IN

Join like-minded students and scholars in Indianapolis for this daylong conference

Debate: Socialism Is Preferable to Capitalism

April 08, 2020
5:00 p.m. | Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, MA

Arthur Brooks and Richard Wolff to debate whether socialism is preferable to capitalism.

The Scottish Enlightenment

April 23-26, 2020
Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, Mecosta, MI

A special seminar for graduate students

Professional Reporting Course

July 10-12, 2020
Hotel George, Washington D.C.

An invitation-only crash course in reporting for ISI Collegiate Network editors and writers

ISI’s 2020 Honors Program Summer Conference

July 19-26, 2020
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

An immersive intellectual experience like no other. Apply by February 15.

Editors’ Conference

September 11-13, 2020
Omni Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

An invitation-only conference for ISI Collegiate Network editors

Make Friends, Meet Mentors

Join like-minded students and professors for a weekend of conversation and camaraderie. Spots are limited, so apply today!

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