Big Ideas Live!
The ideas that underpin a free society are big ideas, and they impact every discipline, career, and interest. Join host Janet Neilson monthly for live, interactive events as she talks with experts from a wide range of fields–from markets and morals, to improving the world through entrepreneurship, to what you can learn from how a city neighborhood is organized.
These events are offered at no charge for all ages and knowledge levels, especially high school and college students interested in an introduction to the economic, ethical, and legal ideas that make a free society so exceptional.
Register for an upcoming Big Ideas Live! event below, or check out the events archive for recordings of past events.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
7:00 PM EDT
Do You Like the Mona Lisa More Than Your Mom?
Why is it so controversial when the government commissions art? Is it crazy to spend millions of dollars on a painting? What is the most valuable art you own? The answers to these questions, and what they can teach us about life and each other, might surprise you.
Join an interactive, online discussion with host Janet Neilson and Dr. Sarah Skwire, a scholar on literature, freedom, and economics, on July 22 at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
7:00 PM EDT
What Does it Cost to Keep Them Out?
What do we give up to get "Made in America?" What are the consequences of requiring visas to live and work somewhere else?
Join host Janet Neilson to participate in an interactive interview with Prof. Don Boudreaux of George Mason University on July 8 at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Monday, June 16, 2014
6:00 PM EDT
What can you learn from a city neighborhood?
What makes cities safe? What makes them fun? How do the residents of cities work together with each other and with strangers to make cities work? And what happens when we try to take control of cities? Join host Janet Neilson as she discusses these ideas with Dr. Sanford Ikeda of SUNY, Purchase College on June 16 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.
Check back soon for related materials and video of the full event!
Monday, May 19, 2014
Can we feed the world?
How has the West conquered famine? Does fresh fruit all year round have anything to do with declining hunger around the world? Why could the hundred-mile diet endanger the progress we've made? Host Janet Neilson will discuss these topics with the University of Toronto’s Dr. Pierre Desrochers.
Access related materials here, and check back soon for audio of the event.
Who decides what you eat?
How much do diet and food experts truly know? Why can making decisions on behalf of others be so problematic? Host Janet Neilson will discuss these questions with St. Lawrence University's Dr. Steve Horwitz.
So you wanna change the world?
What's the best way to change the world? What, exactly, is an entrepreneur, and can you become one? Join host Janet Neilson as she talks with Isaac Morehouse, founder and CEO of Praxis, about how creation and innovation can and are already changing the world - and how you can be a part of it.
Janet Neilson is the host of FEE’s "Big Ideas Live!" With interests spanning philosophy, economics, ethics, world travel, fitness, literature, and culinary arts, she brings a unique perspective to every event. If you ask Janet, she’ll not only tell you how thorough thinking benefits every academic interest and profession, she’ll also show you how big ideas are intuitive, using everyday examples and thought-provoking stories from the most interesting experts around. Her goal is to ignite the flame of freedom in every young person’s heart.
Janet is a founding director of the Institute for Liberal Studies, a Canada-based educational charity that brings the ideas of economics, law, and ethics to college students. She is an alumna of FEE’s Summer Seminars, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Fraser Institute, and the Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy.
Email Janet with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.