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Students Attend the 2018 ISI Pittsburgh Leadership Conference

Updated: Jul 30, 2018

John DiGravio '21 and Andre Hui '21.

On the weekend of February 2-4, freshmen John DiGravio and Andre Hui attended the 2018 Intercollegiate Studies Institute Pittsburgh Leadership Conference, titled "Economics, Politics, & Human Flourishing."


The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) was founded in 1953 by William F. Buckley, Jr. to promote the principles of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, rule of law, free-market economics, and traditional values which make America free and prosperous. The Pittsburgh conference brought together students from ISI chapters across the Northeast to hear speeches from esteemed guests and form friendships among the next generation of young American leaders. The guest speaker list included Lawrence Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, Michael Matheson Miller, Research Fellow at the Acton Institute, and professors Tawni Ferrarini and Victor Claar. Presentations were titled "Free Market Economics: From Adam Smith to the Present Day", "Poverty, Charity, and Justice", "Political vs. Market Allocation: Differences Matter", and "Economic Insight into Authentic Human Flourishing." Other schools sending ISI students to the conference included Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Johns Hopkins, and the U.S. Naval Academy.


The Society for Conservative Thought is sponsored by ISI, who generously provided a stipend for traveling students. In addition to the exceptional educational experience, John and Andre appreciated the opportunity to meet with members of the ISI leadership team and plan future collaboration.

ISI students, administrators, and guest speakers

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