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Stephenson
Institute
For Classical Liberalism

Stephenson Institute building drawing

A Forum for Understanding
the Foundations of a Free Society

Established in 2021, the Stephenson Institute for Classical Liberalism is a non-partisan, student-centered forum that asks important questions about personal responsibility, individual rights, freedom of speech, and the essential role of liberty in a free society.

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About the Institute

About the Institute

Drawing on the experience of legendary Wabash trustee Pierre Goodrich and Economics Professor Benjamin Rogge, the Stephenson Institute celebrates Wabash's tradition of exploring ideas over ideology. Learn More.

The Legacy

The Legacy

The Institute was founded by Wabash alumnus Richard J Stephenson '62, a philanthropist and entrepreneur who is committed to a free society. Learn More.

The Stephenson Story

In this short documentary, learn about how Richard J Stephenson was shaped by Wabash – and why he established the Institute.

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Workshop and Lectures

Workshops & Lectures

The Institute sponsors events that bring thought leaders to the Wabash campus, engaging students and the wider community. See Upcoming Events.

Career Paths in Liberty

Career Paths

The Institute supports students pursuing summer internships with national and international public-policy organizations aligned with its mission. Learn More.

What Is Classical Liberalism

Classical Liberalism at Wabash

As part of a long tradition of building free societies, including principles such as individual choice and constitutionalism, some perennial ideas about liberty resonate–from the Founding Era to our own. Learn More.

November 11 Event: Trust in a Polarized Age

November 11, 7:00 pm:
Trust in a Polarized Age

Political philosopher Kevin Vallier will offer a powerful counter-narrative to the prevailing sense of hopelessness that dogs the American political landscape. In an unapologetic defense of classical liberalism that synthesizes political philosophy and empirical trust research, Vallier restores faith in our power to reduce polarization and rebuild social and political trust.

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Tell Us About Liberty.
Get Free Books.

For students who submit a short comment on what "liberty" or "responsibility" means to you, the Institute will send you a free book from the Liberty Fund catalog. Contact Lewis McCrary for more information.

Liberty Fund Library