Liberty Seminars 2015
Tanja Stumberger, 06 Jun 2015

The 8th annual Liberty Seminars will be held September 23-28, 2015 at Hotel Jezero, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia. The Liberty Seminars are a life-time opportunity to DISCUSS, PRESENT & DEBATE human rights through a lens of economics, public policy, history, philosophy and law in breathtaking scenery of the Julian Alps.

ALL ABOUT THE LIBERTY SEMINARS.

How Liberty Seminars alumni remember the experience:
- 2014 participants
- 2013 participants
- 2011 participants
- 2010 participants
- 2009 participants
- 2008 participants

To spend an unforgettable week with other 40 exceptional individuals who share a passion for the ideas of liberty apply to the 2015 Liberty Seminars HERE by August 1, 2015.



Liberty Seminars at the ESFLC15
Tanja Stumberger, 24 Apr 2015

By Katja Kos, Svetilnik

Around 500 students from all over Europe and beyond, and more than 40 speakers gathered at the Humboldt University in Berlin for the 4th annual European Students for Liberty Conference (ESFLC15) from 10-12 April 2015. The main topic of this year's three-day long conference was open borders. However, the purpose of the conference was not only to deal with practical and philosophical issues of immigration within the context of libertarian principles but also to meet and connect with other people who believe in the idea of liberty and/or to meet old friends with whom your paths were already crossed on the way towards a freer society.

Among the attendees of the conference were also many Liberty Seminars alumni. I was happy to see them stop by my the Liberty Seminars booth and share their memories of an unforgettable, enriching, knowledgeable, inspiring and life-changing week in Slovenia.

At the same time, I was very happy to had an opportunity to present Liberty Seminars to potential participants, who share passion for liberty and are therefore kindly welcomed to apply for the 8th annual Liberty Seminars Slovenia to be held in September 2015 (applications will open in May 2015).



Speakers reflections of the 2014 Liberty Seminars
Tanja Stumberger, 13 Nov 2014


"I'm always happy to receive Tanja's invitation to talk to the participants of the Liberty Seminars. It is a gathering of young people sharing a desire to learn and interact, and even more importantly sharing a view that liberty is the most important asset we have or are entitled to claim for ourselves. But they are not blindfolded believers of an ideology, thinking that the current Western world is perfect, that free market is without failures, or that everything that comes from the state is necessarily bad. Rather, they want to learn and understand how a better world for all can be built on principles of liberty and individual rights. Further, they want to know how they can improve their lives and the state of their nations without sacrificing their ideals. This, I think, may be the hardest and the most important thing there is to learn."
-- Dr Janez Sušteršič, Former Minister of Finance, Slovenia


"The Liberty Seminars combine fun, scholarship, inquiry, and fellowship. The participants from across Europe (and occasionally from further afield) who have taken part are already changing the world for the better. These seminars attract smart, motivated, and energetic young people who care about liberty, about justice, about peace, and about the future. And what better place than beautiful Slovenia for them to meet?"
-- Dr Tom G. Palmer, Executive Vice President for International Programs, Atlas Economic Research Foundation





"The Liberty Seminars are quality events. Everything is smoothly organized, allowing scholars and students to pack a lot of learning into a relatively short period of time - yet still allowing some amazing sightseeing and fun in a beautiful part of the world. There's also a great sense of camaraderie, with people from all over Europe joining together to discuss the ideas and ideals of a free society. I hope to return over and over again."
-- Dr Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute



The Liberty Seminars 2014: Impressions by Alumni
Katarina, 30 Oct 2014


"The Liberty Seminars were a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all different backgrounds that share the same values of personal and economic freedom. This week of passionate discussions made me believe that I am not alone in my search for a free and democratic society. Inspiring lectures, highly motivated participants and breath-taking natural views were all we needed to gain new knowledge and make good friends. The Liberty Seminars are a place where you learn how to defend your personal opinion through the art of debate and logical arguments on plenty of political and economic issues. Great experience for all the professionals who want to explore how libertarian ideas influence every level of our lives."
Mariya Kapari, Bulgaria

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Liberty Seminars 2014
Tanja Stumberger, 14 Oct 2014



2014 Liberty Seminars, Day Five
Katarina, 28 Sep 2014

The last full day of the 7th annual Liberty Seminars had an amazing line-up of speakers. Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute lead a discussion on fiscal policy.

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2014 Liberty Seminars, Day Four
Katarina, 27 Sep 2014

The fourth day of the Liberty Seminars 2014 can be called a day of money. In the morning, Liberty Camp and Liberty Academy simultaneously heard from David Greewald and Primoz Kocuvan. Greewald led workshops about the origin and nature of money, while Kocuvan ran sessions on unintended consequences of social engineering.

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2014 Liberty Seminars, Day Three
Katarina, 26 Sep 2014

The third day of 2014 Liberty Seminars was dedicated to the presentations of our participants. Each participant had 15 minutes to present the issue with the greatest consequence for the state of freedom in his or her own country, based on Worldwide Index of Human Freedom, and was required to propose ways of improving the current state. During 3 hours, without a break, we have learned a lot about 12 countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Belarus, India, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey, and Pakistan.

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2014 Liberty Seminars, Day Two
Katarina, 25 Sep 2014

The second day of the Liberty Seminars in Slovenia started with sessions in smaller groups conducted simultaneously. As such, Chris Snowdon (Institute of Economic Affairs, UK) discussed taxes on food, tobacco and alcohol and later on drug legalization with the participants of the Liberty Academy, while Liberty Seminars 2008 alumn Zoltan Kesz (Free Market Foundation, Hungary) talked about state capitalism and rise of racism with the participants of the Liberty Camp.

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2014 Liberty Seminars, Day One
Katarina, 24 Sep 2014

On Monday, September 22, 2014 the Seventh Annual Liberty Seminar in Slovenia kicked off at Hotel Jezero on Lake Bohinj. We are happy to welcome participants from 12 countries.

Thanks to our generous supporters ( Atlas Network, Cato Institute, Institute of Economic Affairs, Ayn Rand Institute, and Foundation for Economic Education) we handed out hundreds of books and other material at the registration. Our supporters are fantastic!

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Short Visits of the Liberty Seminars 2014
Tanja Stumberger, 20 Sep 2014

If you are unable to join us at a week long seminar, we invite you for short visits. More information here.

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Readings, Liberty Academy 2014
Katarina, 14 Sep 2014

Participants are expected to read/watch the assigned readings in order to be able to engage critically with the readings and the issues discussed at all sessions of the Liberty Camp. Liberty Seminars differ from other seminars by being based on active participation of the participants, so they will not be a passive listeners but, rather, active participants in the discussions. The readings are available at provided links.

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Readings, Liberty Camp 2014
Katarina, 14 Sep 2014

Participants are expected to read/watch the assigned readings in order to be able to engage critically with the readings and the issues discussed at all sessions of the Liberty Camp. Liberty Seminars differ from other seminars by being based on active participation of the participants, so they will not be a passive listeners but, rather, active participants in the discussions. The readings are available at provided links.

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2014: Accepted Participants
Tanja Stumberger, 01 Aug 2014

The Liberty Seminars 2014 are expecting 40 participants from 26 countries!



Liberty Seminars 2014
Tanja Stumberger, 06 May 2014

The 7th annual Liberty Seminars will be held September 22-27, 2014 at Hotel Jezero, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia. The Liberty Seminars are a life-time opportunity to DISCUSS, PRESENT & DEBATE human rights through a lens of economics, public policy, history, philosophy and law in breathtaking scenery of the Julian Alps. The 2014 Liberty Seminars will offer top notch speakers (read their bios).

ALL ABOUT THE LIBERTY SEMINARS.

How Liberty Seminars alumni remember the experience:
- 2013 participants
- 2011 participants
- 2010 participants
- 2009 participants
- 2008 participants

To spend an unforgettable week with other 40 exceptional individuals who share a passion for the ideas of liberty apply to the 2014 Liberty Seminars HERE by August 1, 2014.



The Liberty Seminars 2013: Impressions by Alumni
Katarina, 24 Oct 2013


"The Liberty Seminars held in Bled was an excellent opportunity to learn new things, meet wonderful people from all over the world and spend one week in idyllic scenery! Memories of this seminar will always warm my heart and I will always remember the quality time spent on the lake shore. Excellent tuition, wonderful hosts and colleagues, incredible knowledge! I would do it again anytime!"
Adela Mirza, Romania

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The Liberty Seminars 2013
Tanja Stumberger, 15 Oct 2013



Our Supporters are the Best
Tanja Stumberger, 22 Sep 2013

The 6th annual Liberty Seminars were amazing. It was an honor to host a group of knowledge-curious participants, whom we were able to present to top-notch speakers. While the participants and speakers were discussing the topics, our program manager Katarina Korbelova and I were working in the background. Katarina was a pleasure to work with. We all had a week together that left us with new ideas, inspirations and friendships. All this would not have been possible without our amazing supporters.

The Liberty Seminars in Slovenia are funded solely by private contributions. We are extremely grateful to each supporter of the Liberty Seminars in Slovenia. In 2013 we have continued to offer a large amount of scholarships to our participants, which are only possible because of the generous supporters who understand the need to invest in the future generation. Without our supporters we simply could not reach young people with ideas of liberty, limited government, free-market economics and personal responsibility. I would like to sincerely thank our supporters (in alphabetical order) Andrea Rich, Bojan and Vida Ribnikar Fund, David E. Shellenberger, Joshua Hall, Jure Baloh, Patricia Walsh and Robert F. Schroeder for their kind donations. Further, this year we got to hand out more than 1.000 copies of free books, journals and other publications due to in kind donations by (in alphabetical order) Adam Smith Institute, Atlas, Ayn Rand Institute, Cato Institute, Foundation for Economic Education, Heritage Foundation and Institute of Economic Affairs. Due to generosity of our supporters we get to keep changing the world, one student at a time. Thank you!!



2013 Liberty Seminars, Day Five
Katarina, 05 Sep 2013

The last full day of the Liberty Seminars started with the debates. Earlier in the week, the participants have been divided into 6 groups, each of which decided on a leader and two individuals who will debate on Friday. Three debates were on the topics of ownership of your body (kidneys), smoking in the private establishment, and homeschooling of children.

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2013 Liberty Seminars, Day Four
Katarina, 02 Sep 2013

The morning of a day four was dedicated to the presentations of our participants. Resorting to the worldwide Index of Human Freedom and other sources for data, each participant had 10 minutes to present an issue of the greatest threat to freedom in his or her own country, as well as propose ways of improving the current situation. A Q&A period followed each presentation. The session was very intense, lasting for 4 hours without a break, but it was all worth it, as the participants got a chance to learn about the situations in 16 countries as well as brush on their public speaking skills.

Rok Novak, Slovenia

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