Liberty and Markets Conferences

Liberty and Markets: A Co-Sponsored Program of the Acton Institute and Liberty Fund, Inc.

The Liberty and Markets program offers a deeper look into the core issues at the intersection of truth, liberty, and economics for alumni of Acton’s Towards a Free and Virtuous Society and Acton University programs.

Utilizing a format of two lectures and six Socratic discussion sessions, each conference provides an environment of intense dialogue and exploration. To insure active engagement with both the ideas and faculty, participation is capped at 15 attendees per event.

The program is intellectually demanding; participants are required to do advanced reading of selected primary texts (approximately 250 pages) and must be prepared to offer comments and defend their views while referencing the texts throughout the weekend.

2015-16 Conference Topics

  • Liberty and the Declaration of Independence (October 1-4, 2015 in Holland, MI) - Graduate Student Conference
  • Economics from Smith to Friedman (November 5-8, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI) - Graduate Student Conference
  • C.S. Lewis and Liberty (December 3-6, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI) - Graduate Student Conference
  • Evaluating the Idea of Social Justice (April 21-24, 2016 in Grand Rapids, MI) - Clergy/ Church Employee Conference

The application for each conference will be available 3 months prior to the event and will remain open until the conference has been filled. Conferences can fill very quickly.
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Program Cost

There is no registration fee for this conference. Each participant will receive a conference package to include lodging, food, and a travel stipend. 

Who Should Apply?

Unless otherwise noted, the Liberty and Markets conferences are intended for Acton alumni (i.e. have fully participated at a Towards a Free and Virtuous Society conference and/or Acton University) who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed graduate level studies.

For more information about these conferences, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at liberty-markets (@)