Schools from grade school to graduate school have been the shock-troops bringing increasingly conformist, collectivist, anti-reason, and anti-freedom ideas into U.S. culture for over 40 years; RIFI was formed in 2005 to counter this trend with an innovative program that not only well-informs, but well-develops the independence of young people. We’re having a bigger impact every year and are on the cusp of our greatest expansion ever.
KOCH FOUNDATION & THE INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE STUDIES: Washington, D.C.
In January we ran a weekend seminar for high school and college students sponsored by the Koch Foundation. Kelly Barber, Curriculum Director at The Institute Humane Studies attended to see our methodology. Subsequently, The Institute Humane Studies asked us to produce a student weekend seminar in the fall.
ISFLC: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Great Connections produced an independently-funded seminar at the International Students for Liberty conference last February, “Ayn Rand’s Underpinnings of Liberty,” in which we introduced students to her moral and political arguments for a free society.
GREAT CONNECTIONS SUMMER PROGRAM: CHICAGO
In 2017, our theme was Reason and Evolution. For this we contrasted a selection from Genesis with one from Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things.
These two texts have contrasting views on the origin and development of the universe.