Boston Conference

Conference Director: Natalie Le

nle@studentsforliberty.org

Natalie Le is the conference director for the Fight For Justice Conference. She is also a Fellow for the AHA Foundation and a board member of the Harvard Libertarian Club. She first came across the ideas of liberty and freedom through Ayn Rand’s novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. She is currently a graduate student at Harvard and enjoys eating donuts and listening to EDM.

Boston Conference: “Fight For Justice”

On Saturday, October 13th, liberty-lovers from all political and social camps will gather at Harvard University for Students For Liberty’s Boston Student Conference. The event will explore current events through classical liberal lens, and we will learn how we can utilize pro-liberty mechanisms to propel our society forward. With so much injustice and government overreach in our nation, it is more important now than ever to put our ideas into action and make our society freer.

*This event is not owned, controlled, supervised or sponsored by Harvard University or any of its schools or programs.

Schedule:

9:00 AM – Registration & Breakfast

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Opening Keynote / Drug War – Dr. Jeffrey Miron, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and the Director of Economics Studies at the Cato Institute

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – “Freedom from Extremism: How an Ex-Hasidic Jew and the Ex-Wife of Jihadi Fought for Freedom” – Yasmine Mohammed, Founder of Free Hearts Free Minds; and Ari Hershkowitz from the acclaimed Netflix feature documentary, “One of Us”

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Group Pic, Lunch & Meet Partner Orgs

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Breakout #1 – Criminal Justice Reform Panel – Victor Agbafe from Harvard College; Rachael Rollins, Suffolk DA candidate and board member of the NAACP Boston; and Matthew Allen, Field Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts
Breakout #2 – John Paul, Founder of Grand Opportunity USA

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Breakout #1 – Jorge Jraissati, Freedom Fighter from Venezuela
Breakout #2 – Will Creeley, Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Advocacy of FIRE

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – “Ayn Rand: Hater or Heroine?” – Jennifer Grossman, CEO of Atlas Society

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Closing Keynote / “Escaping from Authoritarianism” – Nick Gillespie, the Editor-at-Large at Reason Magazine; Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, CEO and Founder of Ideas Beyond Borders; and Laura Nicolae, President of the Harvard Libertarian Club

5:00 PM – After-Social Dinner at Charlie’s Kitchen

Note: There’s a 15-min break in between sessions, and we will attempt to live-stream all sessions.

Location: Austin Hall doesn’t have a formal address, but it can be pulled up on Google Maps. Here’s the link to the HLS campus map: https://hls.harvard.edu/about/campus-map-and-directions/)

Parking: The closest parking garages to Austin Hall are LITT (1521 Massachusetts Avenue), SEAS (21 Oxford Street) and Everett Street Garage (10 Everett Street, Cambridge). Here’s the link to the interactive campus map with all the parking garages nearby as well (https://map.harvard.edu/?ctrx=759881&ctry=2961624.5&level=7&layers=Campus%20Base%20and%20Buildings,Parking,Map%20Text).

Register to the conference
Born and raised in New York in an insular, ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, Ari questioned that life from a young age, later becoming an atheist. He has now built a life outside his insular beginnings and has publicly shared the joys and struggle of that journey via social media and in the acclaimed documentary “One of...
John Paul is founder and CEO of Grand Opportunity USA (“GOUSA”), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, and author of the book Cues for Conservatives – How to Engage the Millennial Generation and Unite the Conservative Movement. GOUSA’s mission is to motivate, educate and mobilize young people, minority groups, NTLs (non-traditional lifestyles), people of faith and citizens of all...
Rachael Rollins is the first black woman to win the Democratic nomination for Suffolk District Attorney, promising to bring progressive reform to the Boston-based office. Former President Barack Obama gave a shoutout to Rachael in a speech that criticized President Trump and urged people to vote in the November midterm elections. She is endorsed by The Boston...
Will began defending student and faculty rights for FIRE in 2006 after graduating from New York University School of Law, where he served as an associate executive editor for the New York University Law Review. Will has appeared on national cable television and radio on behalf of FIRE and has spoken to students, faculty, administrators,...
Matt Allen joined the ACLU of Massachusetts in September of 2014 and is now the Field Director. He has worked as a community organizer on a range of issues from economic justice, to campaign finance reform, to homelessness prevention. Prior to joining the ACLU, he was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, the...
Laura Nicolae studies Applied Mathematics and Economics at Harvard University, where she serves as President of the Harvard Libertarian Club. Laura has been active in the libertarian movement since she was fourteen years old. As the daughter of two immigrants from the communist regime in Romania, Laura recently wrote a viral op-ed for The Harvard...
Victor is a Senior at Harvard College. He is a Pre-Med & Government concentrator who seeks to help communities through innovation in healthcare and public policy. In his time on campus, Victor has been involved in various initiatives on the Undergraduate Council, Institute of Politics, Black Students Association, and Dunster House. Victor’s past two summer...
Canadian human rights activist, Yasmine Mohammed, advocates for the rights of women living within Islamic majority countries, as well as those whom struggle under religious fundamentalism. She is also the founder of Free Hearts Free Minds, an organization that provides psychological support for ex-Muslims living within Muslim majority countries- where the state sanctioned punishment for...
Jeffrey Miron is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, as well as Director of Economics Studies at the Cato Institute. His field of expertise is the economics of libertarianism; he has advocated for many libertarian policies, including legalizing all drugs and allowing failing banks to...
Nick Gillespie is editor in chief of Reason.tv and Reason.com – and almost certainly the only journalist who has interviewed rock stars such as Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Rotten, and Slash along with Nobel prize-winning economists such as Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, and Vernon Smith. He is a two-time finalist for National Magazine Awards and the...
Jennifer Anju Grossman, a former Senior Vice President at Dole Food Company, became the CEO of the Atlas Society on March 1st, 2016. Jennifer Grossman has spent decades helping people to live freer, healthier lives. She launched the Dole Nutrition Institute — a research and education organization — at the behest of Dole Chairman David H. Murdock. She continued...
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar (New York): Faisal is an Iraqi born writer, satirist, computer geek and a human rights activist. Forged intellectually in Iraq during the post-9/11 U.S. invasion, he is the president the newly launched organization Ideas Beyond Borders. The mission of Ideas Beyond Borders is to promote the free exchange of ideas and...
Student leader & human rights activist from Venezuela

2018 North American Regional Conference: Boston 

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