SnowdenThe 8th Annual International Students For Liberty Conference set all kinds of records! We had a stunning turnout with over 1700 attendees, a 25% increase from last year. The lineup of speakers was better than ever before, with special guests like Edward Snowden, Dr. Ron Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano, former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, Dr. Deirdre McCloskey, and Congressman Justin Amash! The media has been abuzz with some great coverage of the event. Check out some of the highlights below and be sure to tune into Fox Business Network tomorrow night (Friday) at 9PM ET to watch the ISFLC taping of the STOSSEL Show.



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The 8th Annual International Students For Liberty Conference is only two days away! While you’ll surely be busy throughout the weekend absorbing an insane amount of knowledge, don’t forget to have plenty of fun along the way. There’s a lot going so we’ve compiled everything here for your convenience. Make sure to bring business cards if you have them in order to keep in touch with the awesome people you meet along the way. Now get packing, your life-changing weekend in DC starts on Friday!


Friday, February 13th

Photo Opps with Ron Paul!
After Ron Paul and Judge Napalitano’s talk ends at 7:30 pm, we’ll be giving everyone at the conference the opportunity to take a picture with the Dr. Paul! This is a great opportunity to get a new profile picture and keepsake from the conference (besides all of the knowledge and memories you’ll be taking back home with you)!

All Conference Social
Once you’re done getting your picture with Ron Paul, come join the All Conference Social we’ll be hosting from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm in the Exhibition Hall! We’ll be giving out drink tickets to all attendees, so make sure to join in on the fun!

LGBT Libertarian Social/Dance Party
This is the first ever LGBT Libetarian Social at the ISFLC, so make sure to join everyone at Town Dance Boutique for a night of dancing and networking! Everyone will be meeting at the lobby of the Marriott Wardman Park at 9:30 to depart for Town.


Saturday, February 14th


ISFLC Yoga Warmup
This year we’ll also have a yoga warmup, hosted by European Executive Board member Greta Kasatkina. Meet in Marriott Balcony B at 8:30 am to stretch out and get ready for a productive day at the ISFLC.


Ladies of Liberty Alliance Lunch
Join LOLA, Libertia Society, and Women for Liberty at Stones Throw Restaurant at the Marriott Wardman Park for a lunch from 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm.

C4SS Lunch
Join the Center for a Stateless Society for lunch to learn about the organization as well as Left Libertarianism from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at Medaterra DC (2614 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008).


CKI/Reason “Bow Tie” Reception:  CKI and Reason are co-hosting the Second Annual “Bow Tie” Reception with Special Guest Jeffrey Tucker! The social will run from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm in the Marriott Foyer on the Mezzanine Level. They’ll giving a free bow tie to the first 50 who arrive at the social, so make sure to arrive early if you want to socialize in style!

Young Americans for Liberty ISFLC Happy Hour
Join YAL for dual happy hours at Mellow Mushroom (for 18+ crowd) and Madams Organ (for 21+) crowd! 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

Alumni For Liberty ISFLC Homecoming Social
Join Alumni For Liberty for an ISFLC Homecoming Social at Bourbon (2321 18th Street NW,Washington, DC)! Learn more about Alumni For Liberty and join on the spot to become part of a fantastic network of supporters! AFL Members will receive free drink ticket. Social begins at 9:00 pm.


Since releasing the program booklet, there have been some slight changes to the schedule for Friday and Saturday night to include addresses from Edward Snowden and Rand Paul. Here are the updated schedules for both nights:


5:55 PM – 6:00 PM– Opening Remarks from SFL President Alexander McCobin
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – A Conversation between Edward Snowden and Alexander McCobin (via videoconference)
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – A Conversation with Dr. Ron Paul and Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, moderated by Nick Gillespie
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Photo Ops with Ron Paul
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM – All Conference Reception


7:30 PM – 8:10 PM – Presentation of Student Awards
8:10 PM – 8:3o PM – David Boaz
8:3o PM – 8:35 PM – Rand Paul Video Address
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Partner Organization Sponsored Socials

fw-logo-printWe’re incredibly excited to have FreedomWorks as a Gold Level sponsor at the 8th Annual ISFLC! FreedomWorks is a network of over 6 million Americans who are passionate about promoting free markets and individual liberty. Their members all share three common traits: a desire for less government, lower taxes, and more economic freedom. For over a quarter century, FreedomWorks has identified, educated, and actuated citizens who are enthused about showing up to support free enterprise and constitutionally limited government. They are not primarily a “think-tank,” content to study the issues and publish papers and reports. FreedomWorks breaks down the barriers between the beltway insiders and grassroots America.

Not only will FreedomWorks be providing fantastic breakout and general sessions, they’re also sponsoring the first ever All Conference Social on Friday night at the Marriott Wardman Park from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Be sure to attend the social and get two free drinks!

Below are the wonderful sessions FreedomWorks will be providing this year:

The Response to Tyranny is More Freedom, Not Less
Matt Kibbe
Saturday, 5 pm
Virginia Suite (General Session)


It Sucks to be Young: 4 Ways the Government Screws America’s Youth
1- Healthcare 2 – Education 3 – Entitlements 4 – Civil Liberties
Peter Suderman, Logan Albright, Julie Borowski, & Michael D. Ostrolenk
Friday, 3:15 pm
Maryland A


Make sure to register today in order to ensure your attendance so you can check out these fantastic breakout sessions and more!


original_cki_logo_blue1We’re excited to have the Charles Koch Institute as a Silver Level sponsor this year at the 8th Annual International Students For Liberty Conference! The Charles Koch Institute is an educational organization focused on the importance of free societies and how they increase well-being for the overwhelming majority of people. Through the Institute’s professional education, research, and training programs, we work to prepare professionals for careers that improve well-being by advancing free societies. They’re an avid supporter of the student movement for liberty, and we’re happy to have them as a sponsor again this year!

Besides having a fantastic breakout session (listed below), CKI and Reason are co-hosting the Second Annual “Bow Tie” Reception with Special Guest Jeffrey Tucker! The social will run from 9 pm – 11 pm in the Marriott Foyer on the Mezzanine Level. They’ll giving a free bow tie to the first 50 who arrive at the social, so make sure to arrive early if you want to socialize in style!

Below is the breakout session CKI will be providing this year:

Sam Patterson, How can Bitcoin advance wellbeing in society?

Bitcoin has become popular among advocates for liberty, but can the digital currency be used for more than an alternative to fiat currency? This talk discusses the potential that cryptocurrencies have for enhancing wellbeing around the world.

Make sure to register before the deadline (February 9th) in order to ensure your attendance so you can check out these fantastic breakout sessions and more!


Today we are extremely excited to release the official program booklet for the 8th Annual International Students For Liberty Conference! In the booklet you will find the full lineup of our headlining general sessions as well as the many breakout sessions that will be taking place during the conference.

There is truly something in here for everyone so make sure to check it out. Whether this is your first time attending the event or your eighth, the ISFLC is always a bit overwhelming with so many fantastic opportunities happening simultaneously. To get the most out of your conference-going experience, be sure to read up in advance so you can go in with a plan of what sessions you want to make a priority. Enjoy!


2015-isflc-awards-votingToday is your last chance to vote for the 2015 ISFLC Awards! Be sure to vote for your favorite Student, Group, and Event of the Year. Our nominees have been doing amazing work from all corners of the globe so take a few minutes to read the stories of what our student leaders have been doing this past year! The awards will be presented on Saturday night at the ISFLC!


McCloskeyWe are thrilled to announce that the prolific economist Dr. Deirdre McCloskey will be delivering the Sunday keynote address at ISFLC  on February 15th from 12:00-1:00 pm, thanks to our friends at the Institute for Humane Studies!

A Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Deirdre McCloskey has written fourteen books and edited seven more, and has published some three hundred and sixty articles on economic theory, economic history, philosophy, rhetoric, feminism, ethics, and law.

She is known as a “conservative” economist, University-of-Chicago style (she taught for 12 years there), but protests that “I’m a literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man. Not ‘conservative’! I’m a Christian libertarian.”