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14-19 June 2021

Summer University

El Escorial, Madrid, Spain

In June 2021, New Direction, in cooperation with Fundación Civismo, will hold it’s inaugural Summer University in El Escorial. The 5-day programme will explore the ideas that have liberated society and innovations that have advanced the progress of mankind.

Over the course of a week, politicians, scholars and business leaders will discuss ideas to promote and defend the principles of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government. From economics to philosophy, politics to society we will explore the issues facing our world and how we can answer them with sound classical liberal ideas.

World leading experts from across multiple academic fields will help us understand how we can have a bigger impact on the advancement of these ideas in the future. By the end of the week you’ll have all the tools you need to spread the message of liberty and freedom.

Summer University

Fundación Civismo is a think tank that works in the defense of personal freedom under the principles of classical liberalism. Through its research, it evaluates the effects of economic and social policies, communicates them to the public opinion and proposes alternatives under the postulates of classical liberalism. It also promotes an active civil society as a counterweight against the State. Its main values are the primacy of the person, tolerance, limited and representative Government, rule of law, private property and free market.

Location

We will be holding the Summer University in the beautiful and royal place of El Escorial, with its rich heritage in the region of Madrid. Venue: Real Centro Universitario Escorial - María Cristina. Address: Paseo de los Alamillos, 2, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid. Accommodation: Real Centro Universitario Escorial - María Cristina.




Agenda

14 June 2021

Draw the ideological framework of the summer school

09:00 - 09:30

Bus from Madrid's city center to El Escorial

10:00 - 12:30

Registration & Coffee

12:30 - 13:00

Welcome words & explanation

  • Witold de Chevilly: New Direction Executive Director 
  • Juan A. Soto: Fundación Civismo Director

13:00 - 13:30

Keynote 

  • Pedro Schwartz: Professor of Economics and vice president of Fundación Civismo

14:00 - 15:30

Lunch & Coffee

16:00 - 17:00

Liberalism & Conservatism: Friends or foes and to what extent?

  • Francisco José Contreras : Professor of Philosophy of Law in the University of Sevilla and Member of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (VOX)

17:00 - 17:30

The Conservative-Liberal Political Tradition

Coffee with Prof. Hannes H. Gissurarson 

17:30 - 19:00

Spare time (cultural visits, sports, informal get togethers, etc.)

19:00 - 20:00

Freedom vs. Equality 

Daniel Lacalle:  PhD in Economy and fund manager.

21:00 - 23:00

Dinner & Drinks

15 June 2021

Spain: politics and ideas

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00

Defining our battlefield and our ideological opponents

  • Witold de Chevilly: Director of New Direction Foundation
  • Jorge Martín Frías: Director of Fundación Disenso
  • Juan A. Soto: Director of Fundación Civismo 

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee

11:30 - 12:30

Against totalitarianism

  • Edurne Uriarte: Professor of Political Science in the University Rey Juan Carlos and Member of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (Partido Popular)
  • Félix Ovejero: Writer and Lecturer of Political Philosophy in the University of Barcelona

12:30 - 13:30

Roundatble on The crisis of the 1978 Constitution

  • Josep María Castellà (Professor of Constitutional Law, President of Club Tocqueville),
  • Ignacio Camuñas Solís (Former Minister of UCD, founder of the platform 'España Siempre', Degree in Law).

14:00 - 15:30

Lunch

15:30 - 16:00

A life dedicated to the Constitution

Coffee with Ignacio Camuñas Solís 

16:00 - 17:00

Foro de Madrid vs. Foro de Sao Paulo

  • Eduardo Fernández: Chief of Studies and International Relations of Fundación Disenso

17:00 - 17:30

Coffee

17:30 - 19:00

The totalitarian temptation 

  • Almudena Negro, Member in the Assembly of Madrid (People's Party)
  • Jorge Vilches, History of Thought at the Complutense University of Madrid

19:00 - 20:00 

Remembering Sir Roger Scruton, and reflections on the future of conservatism

  • Ed Husain

21:00 - 23:00

Dinner & Drinks

16 June 2021

Spain: public policy and welfare state

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00

Fiscal policy and competition in Spain

  • María Crespo: Associate Professor of Public Finance in the University of Alcalá de Henares and Lead researcher at Fundación Civismo

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee

11:30 - 12:30

Pension system in Spain

  • Inmaculada Domínguez : Associate Professor of Economics in the University of Extremadura and Lead researcher at Fundación Civismo

12:30 - 13:30

Digital trends in the Spanish economy

  • Javier Santacruz : Lead researcher at Fundación Civismo

14:00 - 15:30

Presentation of the Instituto Libertad Económica de Puerto Rico

  • Jorge Rodríguez (President and founder of the Instituto Libertad Económica de Puerto Rico)

16:00 - 17:00

Roundtable on Main challenges of the Spanish Welfare state

  • Francisco Cabrillo : Professor of Economics and board secretary of Fundación Civismo
  • Javier F. Lasquetty : Regional Minister of Finance of Madrid (Partido Popular)

17:00 - 17:30

Coffee

17:30 - 21:00

Spare time (cultural visits, sports, informal get togethers, etc.)

21:00 - 23:00

Dinner & Drinks

17 June 2021

European Union

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00

The EU post-Brexit 

  • Stewart Jackson, former Conservative MP and former Chief of Staff, and Special Adviser to David Davis,

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee

11:30 - 12:30

The EU in the world

  • Miriam Lexmann MEP (KDH). 

12:30 - 13:30

Geopolitical challenges in the EU 

  • Barbara Kolm (Vice President of the Austrian Central Bank)

14:00 - 15:30

Lunch & Coffee

16:00 - 17:00

Educational pluralism: A cornerstone of European democracies

  • Rodrigo Melo Queiroz (Executive Director of Asociación de Establecimientos de Educación Privada y Cooperativa (AEEP) and professor at the Catholic University of Portugal)
  • Ignasi Grau (Director of OIDEL).

17:00 - 17:30

Coffee

17:30 - 21:00

Spare time (cultural visits, sports, informal get togethers, etc.)

21:00 - 23:00

Dinner & Drinks

18 June 2021

Global trends

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00

Security in Europe: boosting the Transatlantic alliance and strengthening the democracies

  • Geoffrey Van Orden, CBE and former MEP 

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee

11:30 - 12:30

Conservative-liberal thinkers: from Burke to Friedman and Von Hayek  

  • Professor Hannes H. Gissurarson

12:30 - 13:30

The future of the EU

  • Isabel Benjumea MEP (Partido Popular)
  • Hermann Tertsch MEP (VOX)

13:30 - 14:30

Future of Conservatism

  • John O'Sullivan, President of Danube Institute and former speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher

14:30 - 16:00 

Lunch & Drinks 

19 June 2021

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast & Check-out

10:00 - 10:30

Bus leaves to Madrid




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