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Educating for Liberty: Inspiring college students to discover, embrace, and advance the principles and virtues that make America free and prosperous
Since 1953 the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has been teaching future leaders the timeless principles that make America free and prosperous—the core ideas behind the free market, the American Founding, and Western civilization that are rarely taught in the classroom.
Today ISI has more than 10,000 student members on some 1,500 campuses across the country. The Institute reaches these and thousands of other young people through an integrated program of campus speakers, conferences, seminars, publications, student groups, and fellowships and scholarships, along with a rich repository of online resources.
ISI was the brainchild of journalist Frank Chodorov. In two articles written in the early 1950s, he called for a “fifty-year project” to revive the American ideals of individual freedom and personal responsibility “by implanting the idea in the minds of the coming generations.” In 1953 Chodorov founded ISI expressly for that purpose. He chose a young Yale University graduate, William F. Buckley Jr., as ISI’s first president.
Through six decades ISI has a proven record of developing principled leaders in all corners of American society, including higher education, public service, the media, and business and finance. President Ronald Reagan said, “By the time the Reagan Revolution marched into Washington, I had the troops I needed—thanks in no small measure to the work with American youth ISI had been doing since 1953.”
ISI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt educational organization. The Institute relies on the financial support of the general public—individuals, foundations, and corporations—and receives no funding or any other aid from any level of the government.
Leadership for America's Future Campaign
Freedom can perish. Chodorov and Buckley founded ISI with this realization in mind. Today, the threats to liberty are growing. Worse, America’s colleges and universities are failing in their responsibility to transmit America’s founding principles to the next generation of leaders. Responding to these dangers, in the fall of 2011 ISI launched the Leadership for America’s Future campaign, the most focused effort in the Institute’s long history. With this three-year campaign, ISI is not only expanding its reach and impact on campuses across the country; it is also achieving critical mass at 150 carefully selected target colleges through a multifaceted, community-building approach.