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The 2017 Foundations of a Free Society Conference for college professors and policy researchers will be held Tuesday, May 30 — Thursday, June 1 on the campus of Clemson University.

The largest conference of its kind in the Southeast, this conference explores the moral and political foundations of a free society and a free economy.

To attend the conference, or to update your registration, please use our registration form.

For the first time, the conference is open to graduate students.

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Keynote Speech

The Legacy of Socialism

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many optimists claimed that the world was now somehow "after socialism." There are reasons, however—structural, political, moral, and intellectual—why the collapse of Communism did not entail the end of socialism. This talk by Alan Kors will explain why there can be no "after socialism" until the West comes to ultimate terms with the catastrophic legacy of international communism.

Alan Charles Kors (B.A., Princeton; M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard) is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and is one of the world's leading scholars of European intellectual history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is also a co-founder of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

Conference Details


Dates and Location:

The conference will begin at 6 P.M. on Tuesday, May 30 and will end at noon on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The conference will be held at the Madren Conference Center (230 Madren Center Drive, Clemson, SC 29634) on the campus of Clemson University.

Lodging is available at the adjacent Martin Inn and additional lodging is available at other hotels in the area (please see additional details below).

Registration Details:

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To attend the conference, or to update your registration, please use our registration form. There is no registration fee and group lunches and dinners will be provided without charge for accepted academics and researchers, but attendees are responsible for their travel and hotel expenses. For specific questions, please contact

Lodging and Accommodations:

We have arranged for a block of hotel rooms at the Martin Inn (directly attached to the Madren Conference Center).

The Inn can be reached by phone at 864-654-9020 or 888-654-9020. When booking, reference the "Capitalism Conference" or provide the group reservation code: CCI-GF16347. Space at the Inn is limited; please reserve your room by April 15, 2017 if possible. Rooms have already been reserved for conference panelists and speakers.

Additional hotel accommodations are available at:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: 1381 Tiger Blvd. Clemson, SC 29631. (864) 654-9410
Days Inn: 1387 Tiger Blvd. Clemson, SC 29631. (864) 653-4411
Marriott Courtyard: 201 Canoy Lane Clemson, SC 29631. (864) 654-8833



The closest airport to Clemson University is Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), and attendees are responsible for arranging transportation to the conference center. Taxis, Uber and rental cars are available at the airport, and shuttle services (must be reserved in advance) are available from Atchison Transport Service (1-800-346-7129), Anderson-Clemson Shuttle (1-888-732-5550), or Airport Shuttle of Clemson (864-295-4098).

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