August 28, 2012

Foundations of Liberty: Institute for Humane Studies

By: Adam Barrett

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is a non-profit organization that works to change the world by supporting the next generation of liberty-loving professors, journalists, policy experts, and other intellectuals. They help talented people realize their potential through educational opportunities, career-development resources, and connections with one another.

Participants join a world-wide liberty-advancing community, which translates into meaningful work, life-long friendships, and endless options to learn more about liberty.

The stated mission of IHS is to “support the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and in advancing the principles and practice of freedom.”

“I’ve been with IHS for seven years, and I’m more excited than ever about the work we’re doing” states Chad Wilcox, Director of Network Relations. “We just wrapped up our 32nd season of summer seminars and this year we will award more internships and fellowships than ever before.”

IHS sponsors the attendance of hundreds of students at its summer seminars and provides various forms of career assistance, including sponsored internships, to students and recent graduates pursuing careers in academia, journalism, and public policy. IHS awards more than $1 million in fellowships to students from universities around world., IHS’s educational website, has helped more than 8 million people discover, explore, and discuss the ideas of liberty. And through their new Find Scholars project, IHS has matched dozens of organizations with top freedom-friendly speakers, writers, and other experts. Today, more than 13,000 IHS program alumni, many of whom are directly advancing liberty in their careers, are helping others to do their part for a freer society.

The Institute for Humane Studies was founded in 1961 by Dr. F.A. “Baldy” Harper, a former economics professor at Cornell University. Originally based inMenlo Park, California, IHS moved to Fairfax, Virginia in 1985 and associated with George Mason University. The university partnership has enabled IHS to pursue its mission more effectively in cooperation with other organizations affiliated with the university. To learn more, please visit