Cato University 2016

Summer Seminar on Political Economy

July 24 - 29, 2016

Cato Institute • 1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW • Washington, DC


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Cato University is the Cato Institute’s premier educational event of the year. This annual program brings together outstanding faculty and participants from across the country and, often, from around the globe–all sharing a commitment to liberty and learning. Its widening popularity is due to not only the quality of the attendees, faculty and topics, but the opportunity it provides participants to form new and enduring friendships, and for sharing experiences and perspective in a one-of-a-kind, brain-energizing environment.

Would you like to meet like-minded people from all over? Have a spectacular vacation while sharing ideas on how to advance, enhance, and defend your principles about liberty, free markets, individual rights, the dangers of a sprawling, expensive, and intruding government – among other subjects? If so, Cato University is definitely for you.



Cato University 2016 will be held at the Cato Institute, located in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a time of enormous political turbulence emanating from a presidential race, ideological posturing, continually shifting world events, foreign policy and security challenges, and much more, our nation’s capital is the perfect setting for examining the roots of our commitment to liberty and limited government and for exploring the ideas and values on which the American republic was founded… and are now challenged in ways our founders could not have foreseen.

The Cato Institute building will enhance the intellectual adventure for attendees with state-of-the-art facilities, the latest in conference and multimedia technology, spacious and remarkably comfortable meeting areas, and more. It is the ideal venue for bringing together people from across the country for a one-of-a-kind environment of learning, thinking, discussing, and making new friends.

Rep. Justin Amash We are delighted to announce that Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) will be delivering the dinner address on Tuesday, July 26. Yet another outstanding reason why we hope you’ll consider joining us this summer!

Speakers for the 2016 Program Also Include:
Randy Barnett, Georgetown University Law School
Susan N. Herman, American Civil Liberties Union
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View
Jeffrey Miron, Harvard University
Robert McDonald, United States Military Academy
Tom G. Palmer, Cato Institute

Full schedule of events and speakers available here.


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And — are you interested in another type of learning experience — own your own, at your own pace? We are delighted to now have the Cato University Home Study Course available. The 12 modules of this program are available separately or together — as downloads or on CD.

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