Registration is open for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors program. Here's what it's all about . . .
ISI Honors Scholars participate in a highly selective yearlong leadership program that connects promising undergraduates with a professional mentor who can guide them through reading projects, intellectual questions, and career options.
When you are chosen as an Honors Scholar, you will receive a full scholarship to attend an in-depth, week-long summer conference where you will explore the West's intellectual tradition with a group of top students, professors, and speakers. Through the course of the academic year you will work closely with your mentor and have the opportunity to attend special ISI weekend seminars. You will also receive an array of ISI publications and will be given special priority for employment, fellowship, and internship opportunities.
We talk about ISI and other conferences and events which, like the Honors program, are nearly all free for students, over on our Opportunities page. This coming year's theme for ISI is on "Traditions of Liberty" . . .
America, as the song extols it, is preeminently a “sweet land of liberty.” American political thinking dwells constantly on the theme of liberty—but so successful have Americans been at securing liberty as their birthright that they seldom reflect on just how great and hard-won their achievement has been. They tend, instead, to presume that liberty is “easy”—the natural condition of mankind, a simple matter of leaving people alone.
But the liberty we prize is not so simple. In fact, American liberty is the profoundly complex fruit of multiple traditions that constitute its foundation.
How is it that these traditions came together in American experience? Are they always complementary or are they sometimes in tension? Are there dimensions of liberty that are, in fact, unacknowledged in the American settlement? What happens when the moral sources of our liberty are eroded or obscured?
The topic is especially important nowadays that freedom of speech on university campuses is under so much threat from leftists and the professional victims in the identity group mafia.
Each year Georgetown generally sends one or two students. Lately they've come from the Tocqueville Forum, which along with the Philodemic and TGA, is one of the better organizations you can join if you're a libertarian or conservative and are interested in intellectual life beyond the classroom.
As we noted, the best way to get accepted into the ISI Honors program (and others) is to help promote and defend on-campus the causes of individual liberty, limited government, free market economics, and traditional values. Just applying and saying you're a libertarian or conservative isn't going to be enough. You need to show you've done something.
One of the best ways to strengthen your application is to join TGA, which as our history shows, is the number one defender of libertarian and conservative principles at Georgetown.
You can apply to ISI here.