VIRTUAL READING GROUPS

 

SFL Virtual Reading Groups give participants the opportunity to explore a set of readings on the intellectual underpinnings of a free society with an instructor who has expertise in the field and a group of similarly interested and qualified individuals from around the world. By creating a space for active discussion with other intellectually engaged individuals, led by capable and informed discussion leaders, VRGs give participants a chance to achieve unusual depth and perspective on the classical liberal tradition that could not be achieved through solitary study. VRGs are open to all individuals interested in expanding their knowledge of the philosophical ideas of liberty. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to have meaningful discussions with other philosophically inclined participants, apply today!

 
 
 
 
 
 

ORGANIZE A VIRTUAL READING GROUP


Interested in hosting your own Virtual Reading Group on a topic of your choosing? Submit an application for support from SFL staff! Students that host a Virtual Reading Group will determine the topic, help identify a professor that will build a syllabus and lead the overall discussion, and will organize the virtual weekly meetings.


APPLY TO HOST A READING GROUP

 


APPLY TO JOIN A READING GROUP



September 12, 2017

Virtual Reading Group: Markets Not Capitalism

Students For Liberty leaders have organized countless Virtual Reading Groups where a handful of students meet online every week for a discussion of pre-assigned readings, facilitated by an expert in the field. Dozens and dozens of […]
August 17, 2017

Virtual Reading Group: Seeing Cities in a New Light

Students For Liberty leaders have organized countless Virtual Reading Groups where a handful of students meet online every week for a discussion of pre-assigned readings, facilitated by an expert in the field. Dozens and dozens of […]
August 16, 2017

Virtual Reading Group: Arguments for Liberty

Students For Liberty leaders have organized countless Virtual Reading Groups where a handful of students meet online every week for a discussion of pre-assigned readings, facilitated by an expert in the field. Dozens and dozens of […]
August 3, 2017

Virtual Viewing Group: The Big Damn Firefly Discussion

Students For Liberty leaders have organized countless Virtual Reading Groups where a handful of students meet online every week for a discussion of pre-assigned readings, facilitated by an expert in the field. Dozens and dozens […]
July 24, 2017

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible Virtual Reading Group

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible a SFL Virtual Reading Group The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible tells the story of a boy who becomes shipwrecked on an unfamiliar island after being swept out […]


PAST VIRTUAL READING GROUPS



March 26, 2017

Exploring Red Plenty
Virtual Reading Group

  EXPLORING RED PLENTY a SFL Virtual Reading Group   One third history, one third economics, and one third fiction, Red Plenty is the best book you can read to get inside […]
March 20, 2017

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible
Virtual Reading Group

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible a SFL Virtual Reading Group The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible tells the story of a boy who becomes shipwrecked on an unfamiliar island after being swept out […]
January 26, 2017

Islamic Foundations
Virtual Reading Group

  ISLAMIC FOUNDATIONS OF A FREE SOCIETY a SFL Virtual Reading Group   Throughout the history of Islamic societies the Sharia has formed the main framework of socio-economic and even the political […]
January 26, 2017

Deschooling Society
Virtual Reading Group

DESCHOOLING SOCIETY a SFL Virtual Reading Group   Can more funding, better teacher pay, or higher standards fix public education’s problems? Or is the best solution to “deschool” society? Published in 1971 […]
January 3, 2017

Cypherpunks + Libertarianism
Virtual Reading Group

CYPHERPUNKS AND LIBERTARIANISM a SFL Virtual Reading Group   In this reading group, we will explore the implications of computers and cryptography in the context of liberty. Both trace their origins to […]
December 3, 2016

Rise of the Warrior Cop
Virtual Reading Group

RISE OF THE WARRIOR COP a SFL Virtual Reading Group   We have a Constitution with a Bill of Rights meant to protect our liberties, and a Supreme Court that is supposed […]
November 19, 2016

Subjectivism, Spontaneous Order, and Praxeology – VRG

SUBJECTIVISM, SPONTANEOUS ORDER, AND PRAXEOLOGY a SFL Virtual Reading Group   In this advanced virtual reading group, we will explore the emphasis on subjectivism and spontaneous order in the Menger-Mises-Hayek tradition in […]
October 3, 2016

Exploring Atlas Shrugged
Virtual Reading Group

EXPLORING ATLAS SHRUGGED a SFL Virtual Reading Group   Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged is one of the primary works that inspired contemporary libertarianism, due to Rand’s vision of free-market capitalism as […]
September 19, 2016

Beyond Orthodoxy: Understanding Rothbard
VRG

BEYOND ORTHODOXY: UNDERSTANDING ROTHBARD a SFL Virtual Reading Group   This reading group will focus on Rothbard’s text, “The Ethics of Liberty” and a variety of other readings in Murray Rothbard’s formidable body […]
August 19, 2016

Education and Classical Liberalism
Virtual Reading Group

EDUCATION AND CLASSICAL LIBERALISM a SFL Virtual Reading Group   In this group, we will discuss classical liberal critiques of state education at the k-12 level, and their ideas on how k-12 […]
July 19, 2016

Anarchism: Theory in Practice
Virtual Reading Group

ANARCHISM: THEORY IN PRACTICE a SFL Virtual Reading Group   While some associate anarchism with violence and chaos, most philosophical proponents of anarchism have something more subtle in mind – and not […]
June 19, 2016

War, Security, and Liberty
Virtual Reading Group

WAR, SECURITY, AND LIBERTY a SFL Virtual Reading Group   Issues of national security and intervention have always been a source of tension and disagreement among classical liberals and libertarians. This reading […]
April 19, 2016

The Socialist Calculation Debate
Virtual Reading Group

THE SOCIALIST CALCULATION DEBATE a SFL Virtual Reading Group   This reading group will explore the socialist calculation debate. Readings will be available online and include work by Ludwig von Mises, Frederich […]
April 19, 2016

Black Studies + Classical Liberalism
Virtual Reading Group

BLACK STUDIES AND CLASSICAL LIBERALISM a SFL Virtual Reading Group   This reading group will look at the intersection of Black Studies and classical liberalism. Join Dr. Fabio Rojas to explore the […]
December 19, 2015

Libertarianism and Feminism
Virtual Reading Group

LIBERTARIANISM AND FEMINISM a SFL Virtual Reading Group   This reading group will be led by libertarian feminists Rachel Davison and Charles Johnson. Are libertarianism and feminism compatible? How have the two […]
September 19, 2015

The Work of Don Lavoie
Virtual Reading Group

THE WORK OF DON LAVOIE a SFL Virtual Reading Group   This reading group will be led by economist and student of Don Lavoie, Steve Horwitz. Don Lavoie earned his PhD in […]
July 19, 2015

The Case for Open Borders
Virtual Reading Group

THE CASE FOR OPEN BORDERS a SFL Virtual Reading Group   Immigration and the moral status of national borders have historically divided many liberty-oriented thinkers and remains a hot-button issue among the libertarian […]
October 19, 2014

The Past & Future of the Libertarian Left
VRG

THE PAST AND FUTURE OF THE LIBERTARIAN LEFT a SFL Virtual Reading Group   This reading group will be led by Charles Johnson and will focus on his anthology, Markets Not Capitalism, and a variety of […]
September 19, 2014

The Origins of Radical Libertarianism in America
VRG

THE ORIGINS OF RADICAL LIBERTARIANISM IN AMERICA a SFL Virtual Reading Group   Participants will read selected debates from Benjamin Tucker’s periodical, Liberty and will analyze them from both a historical and philosophical perspective to […]
July 19, 2013

Red Plenty, by Francis Spufford
Virtual Reading Group

RED PLENTY, by FRANCIS SPUFFORD a SFL Virtual Reading Group This reading group will dive into a literary adventure set in the late 1950s Soviet Union. Dr. Sarah Skwire will lead a […]
April 19, 2013

Discovery of Freedom, by Rose Wilder Lane
VRG

DISCOVERY OF FREEDOM, BY ROSE WILDER LANE a SFL Virtual Reading Group   Ever heard of Rose Wilder Lane?  Did you know that she was one of three “founding mothers” of American libertarianism? […]