This three-day, intellectually rigorous colloquium offers a deeper look into the core issues at the intersection of truth, liberty, and economics through guided, text-based Socratic discussion. Co-sponsored by Liberty Fund Inc., this program seeks to further engage Acton alumni who are currently enrolled or have recently completed graduate level work.

This colloquium on Liberty & the Declaration of Independence will aim at obtaining greater understanding of the claims for individual and political liberty contained in the Declaration of Independence. The readings for this conference include ancient English antecedents, colonial writings, and political documents, as well as early state constitutions, certain debates within the state ratifying conventions of the Constitution, and selections from the unfolding debate over the nature of the American union in the mid-nineteenth century.

  • This colloquium will consist of 2 lecture sessions and 6 Socratic discussion sessions.
  • The discussion sessions are text-based and so selected participants are required to prepare appropriately and participate fully in all conference sessions.
  • Readings will be provided to all accepted participants.
  • This colloquium is for Acton alumni who are currently enrolled or have recently completed graduate level work.