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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

  • Tomasz Poręba MEP: New Direction President
  • 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

Coffee

17:30 - 21:00

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

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 Civismo
  • Juan A. Soto: Director of Fundación Disenso

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

Roundtable:
Spanish 1978 constitutional regime in critical perspective

TBC

14:00 - 15:30

Lunch & Coffee

16:00 - 17:00

Foro de Madrid vs. Foro de Sao Paulo

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

17:00 - 17:30

Coffee

17:30 - 21:00

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

21:00 - 23:00

Dinner & Drinks

16 June 2021

Spain: public policy and welfare state

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00

Taxation 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

Roundtable:
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)

14:00 - 15:30

Lunch & Coffee

16:00 - 17:00

Digital trends in the Spanish economy

  • Javier Santacruz : Lead researcher at Fundación Civismo

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 then and the EU now

  • TBC

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee

11:30 - 12:30

The EU in the world

  • TBC

12:30 - 13:30

Roundtable:
The future of the EU

  • Hermann Tertsch MEP (VOX)

14:00 - 15:30

Lunch & Coffee

16:00 - 17:00

Next Generation EU funds: Main trends and democratic implications

  • TBC

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

International liberal order: myth of reality?

  • TBC

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee

11:30 - 12:30

The future of conservatism

  • TBC

12:30 - 13:30

Roundtable:
The West vs. The Rest

  • TBC

14:00 - 15:30

Lunch & Coffee

16:00 - 17:00

Democracy in decline: An institutional perspective

  • TBC

17:00 - 17:30

Coffee

19:00 - 20:00

Keynote speech & diplomas

20:30 - 23:00

Graduation dinner & drinks

19 June 2021

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast & Check-out

10:00 - 10:30

Bus leaves to Madrid




Registration
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