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  • Professor Caplan talking to students

    Ninth Annual Fall Symposium

    Over 700 students packed Illini Union Rooms at UIUC to hear the Economics of Immigration. On October 8, 2015, Professor Bryan Caplan (pictured left, speaking with students after the lecture) presented his research on the economic effects of immigration. He then took several questions from students, who asked about the effect of immigration on jobs, the environment, innovation, and culture. Click on the links below to watch Professor Caplan's presentation or to read his recent article on immigration at A big thank you to all of the Academy's supporters who made this terrific event possible!

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  • Professor Josh Hall lecturing

    The Benefits of Economic Freedom

    Who doesn’t want a better world? Professor Joshua Hall's presented "The Benefits of Economic Freedom" to nearly 200 students on April 28, 2015. Professor Hall shared his widely-cited research showing dramatic improvements in standard of living and quality of life for those in countries with more Economic Freedom. Several students asked questions, giving them a chance to engage in the topic even more. Click on the links below to see highlights or watch the entire presentation.

    Recap of Professor Josh Hall's lecture.Video file

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  • Spring 2015 Academy Newsletter

    Spring 2015 Academy Update

    Read how your support helped the Academy reach more students than ever! The latest issue of Academy Update features the Hathorne Lecture series and student, donor, and professor profiles. Click on the link below to read the online version, or e-mail and request your printed copy.

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  • Terry Anderson lecturing

    Eighth Annual Fall Symposium: Free Market Environmentalism

    Private market-based solutions to environmental problems was the focus of the Academy’s Eighth Annual Fall Symposium featuring Stanford economist Terry Anderson. Professor Anderson spoke to standing-room-only crowds of hundreds of students at the Business School in Champaign on November 12 and on campus in Springfield November 13. Anderson’s lecture helped students learn about the importance of private property and free markets for environmental preservation.

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  • An Education in Liberty

    A unique program, supported by the Academy on Capitalism, allows students to customize their courses to earn a Master's degree with a focus in Liberty Studies.

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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.

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