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    Spring Lecture: Impact of the Minimum Wage

    The Academy is sponsoring a public lecture hosted by the Gies College of Business at UIUC on Monday, March 5th. The lecture will feature Texas A&M professor Jon Meer discussing the impact of recent legislation raising minimum wages around the country. Meer’s lecture is free and open to the public and will be located in the Illini Union Rooms A, B and C (first floor) at 7pm on Monday, March 5th.

    Jonathan Meer flyer PDF file

  • Group of students who attended the Exploring Liberty weekend

    Conscious Capitalism

    On December 1st Alexander McCobin, the President of Conscious Capitalism, gave the keynote address at the University of Illinois’s seventh annual Weekend Exploring Liberty sponsored by the Academy on Capitalism. McCobin explained how ethical business practice, social welfare, and free markets work together and can be reinforcing factors in social progress.

  • students attending the Exploring Liberty weekend

    Seventh Annual Weekend Exploring Liberty

    Students from four universities attended the lectures and took part in debates and discussions with leading scholars and business leaders on topics like “free speech on campus,” “the philosophy of a free society,” “ liberty in Illinois,” “privacy, freedom, and security,” and “ minorities and freedom” as part of the University’s 7th annual Weekend Exploring Liberty.

  • David Schmidtz speaking to a full auditorium

    Eleventh Annual Fall Symposium

    On November 15th the Academy sponsored the 11th Annual Fall Symposium at the University of Illinois. The featured speaker was Professor David Schmidtz, the founder of the “Freedom Center” at the University of Arizona and one of the world’s leading political philosophers and experts on the ethics of capitalism. Schmidtz met with hundreds of students and gave two public lectures.

  • Josh Hall lecturing in front of a chart

    Economic Freedom of the World

    Economist Josh Hall recently returned to the University of Illinois to talk to students about his work as a co-author of the prestigious Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report. Hall, a professor of economics at West Virginia University, is a leading expert on the measurement of how free a country’s economy is and how that freedom impacts human welfare. Professor Hall gave a public lecture at the University of Illinois for students and the public on October 9th.

About the Academy

Our Founding Fathers subscribed to and advocated an enlightened yet limited government, one that vigorously promotes political freedom and economic opportunity, one that anticipates and nurtures the unlimited potential and private energies of the individual.

The Academy is a not-for-profit corporation that supports scholarly research and teaching about the authors and ideas of free markets, entrepreneurship, individual rights, individual responsibility, limited government and peace. The ACLG Foundation is overseen by a board of directors providing grants for programs, research and activities at the University of Illinois.

Quote:Nothing had a greater impact on my intellectual development than the Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Foundation. Class of 2011 Illinois Graduate


The Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Foundation is not a unit of the University of Illinois, rather is a supporting organization to the University of Illinois Foundation providing philanthropic investment in programs which comport with the Academy Mission and expressed donor intent and the teaching, research, and service missions of the University.