BFI Spring Colloquium


In this caricature, monks and nuns enjoy their new freedom after the decree of 16 February 1790 (Source:

Freedom in the Enlightenment

Benjamin Franklin Initiative (BFI) 2016 Spring Colloquium

Schedule & Readings

Thursday, May 5, 2016

7:00p.m. – Welcome Dinner* at Graft (18 N. Carroll St.)

*Dinner for outside speakers and visiting participants. 


Friday, May 6, 2016

Download readings for Panel I (morning) and Panel II (afternoon) here: 2016 BFI Readings Combined

All events other than the keynote presentation will be held in the Orchard View Room of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (3rd Floor). 

9:00a.m.-9:30a.m. – Welcome Remarks

9:30a.m.-11:00a.m. – Panel I Discussion (download readings above)

11:00-11:15a.m. – Coffee Break

11:15a.m.-12:15p.m. – Economic & Political Freedom Panel 

  • Discussant: Katherine Robiadek (UW-Madison)
  • John T. Scott (UC-Davis), “’Every Legitimate Government is Republican’: Rousseau’s Debt to and Departure from Montesquieu on Republicanism”
  • Alex Gourevitch (Brown), “The Persistence of Servitude in the Age of Economic Liberty”

12:15p.m.-1:30p.m. – Lunch Break

1:30p.m.-3:00p.m. – Panel II Discussion (download readings above)

3:00p.m.-5:00p.m. – Break

5:00p.m.-6:15p.m. – Keynote Presentation (H.F. DeLuca Forum at The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery)

  • David Wootton (University of York), “Adam Smith’s System of Liberty”

6:15p.m.-6:30p.m. – Break

6:30p.m. – Reception (Steenbok’s on Orchard at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery)

7p.m. – Dinner* (Steenbok’s on Orchard at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery)

*Dinner for outside speakers and visiting participants. 

Download the flyer here: BFI2016-ConferencePoster. In partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.

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