Fall Liberty Seminar

Every year, the Cato Institute receives well over a thousand applications for its internship program and other student seminars. In fact, the number of well-qualified candidates significantly surpasses the number of positions available. To engage such top-quality talent, Cato has developed a special, invitation-only weekend seminar in conjunction with the Institute for Humane Studies, a forerunner in independent education opportunities for university students.

IHS Fall Liberty SeminarsThis seminar aims to identify, educate, and help launch the careers of aspiring liberty-oriented policy minds. The seminar will gather over 50 accomplished students to explore the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary policy issues. The seminar will include lectures with leading scholars and policy experts–many of whom students may recognize from nightly news shows, newspaper columns, and popular blogs. There will also be daily discussion groups and evening socials to provide an outlet for processing the ideas presented.

The Fall Liberty Seminar will be hosted at the Cato Institute’s headquarters located at 1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20001. Attendees will have free time every day to explore downtown D.C. Tuition, lodging, meals, and materials will be provided free of charge for all participants (attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses).

For travel purposes, please plan to arrive at the hostel for check-in at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. Registration at the Cato Institute will begin at 2:45 p.m. Seminar activities will conclude Saturday at 11:30 p.m. Please plan to check out of the hostel no later than 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.


  • Hear presentations from leading academics and scholars like David Boaz, Alex Nowrasteh, Howie Baetjer, and more!
  • Enjoy socials every night with Cato scholars
  • Network and build professional connections
  • Explore the National Mall, the Smithsonian Museums, or see the White House during afternoon free time

Attendance is restricted to invited guests only. Capacity for the seminar is limited, so please register as soon as possible to reserve a spot. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email and follow up details.

  • Your invitation includes all lectures, discussions, readings, and meals (breakfasts, luncheons, receptions, dinners, and socials) during the program. Also included is multiple occupancy, dorm-style housing for three nights at the Hostelling International DC, located at 1009 11th St., NW Washington, D.C. 20001 from November 3-6.

    Registration for this seminar will close when full capacity is reached. In order to ensure that seminar slots are awarded only to participants who are serious about attending, registered participants who do not attend the seminar or who cancel their registration after October 14th will be subject to a $100 fee.

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