This program is tentative and subject to change. 

       Wednesday    Tuesday, November 7, 2017
9:15 a.m. Speed Networking
10:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Cornerstone Talks Part One
  • Gabriel Calzada (Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala) on The Future of the University
  • Michel Kelly Gagon (Montreal Economic Institute, Canada) on Philanthropic Tensions: Getters and Givers
  • Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA) on Doing Development Differently
12:00 p.m. Opening Luncheon
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA)
1:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  EconTalk Podcast: Russ Roberts Interviews Simeon Djankov and Matt Warner 
  Lights, Camera, Liberty! Film Festival
2:45 p.m. - Crowdsource Liberty
6:00 p.m.  
3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
  Session A: Learning from Think Tank Luminaries
  • Greg Lindsay (Centre for Independent Studies, Australia)
  • Michael Walker (Fraser Institute, Canada)
  Session B: The Future of Higher Education Workshop
5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  Session A: Reforms with Big Impact
  • Ernesto Selman (CREES, Dominican Republic)
  • Franklin Cudjoe (IMANI, Ghana)
  Session B: Smart Philanthropy Workshop
  Facilitator: Stephanie Lips (Atlas Network, USA)
6:00 p.m. Reception and John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition
  Wednesday, November 8, 2017
8:00 a.m. Breakfast 
9:00 a.m. Interviewing the TFA Finalists 
10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
  Session A: Navigating Political Disruptions
  • James Piereson (William E. Simon Foundation, United States)
  Session B: Social Media Workshop
  Session C: Intellectual Property Debate
11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
  Session A: Think Tanks vs. Populists of the Left and Right
  Session B: Ask the Funders Workshop
  Facilitator: Stephanie Lips (Atlas Network, USA)
  Session C: Using Your Personal Story to Advocate for Education Policy Change
  Many times the reforms that promise the best results require a lot of technical understanding to design and explain. Too often, think tank advocates lose opportunities to win over audiences by focusing too much on the details. In this workshop, you’ll learn and practice how to use your personal story to connect with audiences to better lead them to championing your reform.
  Featured Speakers:
  • Lisa Snell (Reason, United States)
  • Robert Enlow (EdChoice, United States)
12:30 p.m. Liggio Lecture Luncheon
  Keynote Speaker: Peter Boettke
2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  Session A: Mobilizing New Audiences for Liberty
  Session B: Advancing Liberty in Difficult Countries
  Session C: Storytelling Workshop
  Facilitator: Daniel Anthony (Atlas Network, USA)
3:30 p.m. Cornerstone Talks Part Two 
  • Thor Halvorssen
5:30 p.m. Buses depart for Capitale (Atlas Club Members Only)
5:45 p.m. Buses depart for Capitale (all other attendees)
6:00 p.m. Atlas Club Briefing at Capitale (Invitation Only)

Atlas Club Briefing is a VIP reception offered to VIP Ticket purchasers and our Atlas Club Members (our $1,000 and above giving club). Tickets are also included in the sponsorship packages. Atlas Club Briefing showcases the freedom movements most impactful and inspiring leaders. 

The 2017 Atlas Club Briefing will feature Daniel Hannan, a British politician, writer and journalist who served as a senior member of the successful Brexit campaign. 

6:30 p.m. General Reception at Capitale
7:30 p.m. - Freedom Dinner at Capitale
9:30 p.m. Capitale address: 130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
  Featuring our Think Tank Shark Tank competition, a toast to freedom by Daniel Hannan, and the announcement of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award. 
  Thursday, November 9
10:00 a.m.  Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour (tickets sold

Join freedom champions and supporters of the free-market movement for a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island following Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner on Thursday, November 9. 

The tour bus will depart from the Crowne Plaza Times Square at 10:00 a.m. and arrive back to the hotel at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are purchased separately than Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner tickets and cost $100. Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour. There are cafeterias on Ellis Island and on Liberty Island where you can eat at your own convenience. 

Contact Chelsea Schick at or 202-449-8434 with any questions.