College of Social Sciences

Workshop in Classical Liberal Ideas

Spend one week in Prague, Czech Republic, discussing and studying Classical Liberal ideas and their application in today's world. In partnership with the Cevro Institute, a Czech-based think tank, the program brings together students from across the U.S. and Europe to study with leading American and Czech academics and faculty.  


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The 2016 Workshop in Classical Liberal Ideas will be an intensive, week-long survey of economic and philosophical ideas that have played key roles in the history and development of classical liberalism. The Workshop will consist of 2 2-hour sessions most days, comprising an hour of lecture and an hour of discussion. There is ample time for exploring the beauty, history, art, and energy of Prague and Česky Krumlov, Czech Republic.

Workshop faculty include:

            Prof. Richard Vedder, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Ohio University, and founder and President of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

            Prof. Josef Šima, President of CEVRO Institut, Prague

            Prof. Mark LeBar, Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University


The Participation Fee for the Workshop is $1000USD, and includes:

• Airfare (rates based on airfares from Columbus, OH, and Tallahassee, FL; surcharges may apply at other points of origin)

• Lodging at a central Prague hotel (hostel-style arrangements, with up to 8 students per room)

• Meal allowance (Lodging includes breakfast, and a number of meals will be provides as well)


While topics may vary, the 2016 program will be roughly similar to that of the 2015 workshop:


            Overnight flights from USA to Prague


            1500 – 1430 Walking tour of Prague

            1800 – 2000 Dinner cruise on the Vltava


            1000-1200 Josef Sima: Are there Limits to Markets?

            0200-0400 Radovan Durana: European Redistribution Disaster


            1000-1200 Mark LeBar: Roadmap to Theories of Government

            0200-0400 Richard Vedder: How the West Became Rich


            1000-1200 Michael DeBow: The Rule of Law and Western Civilization

            Afternoon      Free time: Explore Prague!


            1000-1200 David Lipka: Socialism Old and New

            Afternoon Bus to Cesky Krumlov


1000-1200 Richard Vedder: Five Classical Liberal Propositions that Changed the World

            0200-0400 Mark LeBar: Liberalism and the Social Contract


            0930-1130 Josef Sima: How and How not to Desocialize

            1130-0200 Graduation Reception

            0300-   Bus return to Prague


            Return flights to USA


 Endorsements from the 2015 summer school:

  • “A great opportunity to seriously discuss ideas while widening one’s academic and cultural horizons.”
  • “My understanding of the classical liberal approach did change significantly and it did develop my knowledge in the field for prior to this summer school I did not study classical liberalism in much detail.”
  • “I really liked the lecture about rights because I’m not only interested in economics but even in philosophy and law and rights.”
  • “I love that this program exists. It is important for young adults and teens from everywhere to understand the world of politics, economics, money, logic, and the laws that govern them. THANK YOU!”


Seminar cost: $1000 (includes airfare from/to Columbus, OH, hotel, food allowance)


Applications (with deposits) due: March 15, 2016


Full balances for accepted students due: April 15, 2016