Are you a DC area student or intern who wants to be a more effective leader on campus?
On March 22-23, AEI welcomed 26 students eager to become stronger advocates for free enterprise on their campuses, and in April, you will have the opportunity to learn the same skills. In just 24 short hours, the American Enterprise Institute Free Enterprise Boot Camps will help you dive deep into the material and moral benefits of economic freedom and will train you in the skills you need to win campus debates. Each select 25-person seminar begins on Friday evening and continues through Saturday. During this time, you will participate in six lecture and discussion sessions with AEI scholars and staff. Instructed by some of AEI’s top economic minds, these sessions will give you an opportunity few students get to enjoy: time to — in a small group setting — learn from and interact with scholars whose ideas influence the policy world.
These sessions provide the fundamental knowledge necessary to understand and defend American free enterprise. You will learn how only American free enterprise can provide the necessary conditions for all citizens to flourish. You will study key moments in American history in which the state’s relationship with the economy changed and examine the major threats to freedom today. Finally, you will practice discussing these threats on campus, using language and arguments that appeal to your listener.
Two seminars remain this semester — April 19–20 and May 10–11— which will each follow the agenda outlined above. You may only participate in one; however, in an effort to keep the groups small enough to encourage open discussion, we would like to know your availability for both. The April conference will be moderated by Sita Slavov, and confirmed speakers include Ramesh Ponnuru, Timothy Carney, Michael Strain, and Stan Veuger.
Participants will also receive a variety of AEI books and resources, including Arthur Brooks’s latest book The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise (Basic Books, 2012), Charles Murray’s recent bestseller Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010 (Crown Forum, 2012), and Nicholas Eberstadt’s recent book A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic (Templeton Press, 2012). A selection from our student-focused monograph series will also be provided.