ON THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY AND CURRENT CHALLENGES OF FREE SOCIETY


Join distinguished American and Slovak professors and students
from June 23rd to July 3rd 2022 in Slovakia
for a stimulating intellectual and social experience.


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Since its establishment in 2001, the Free Society Seminar has been pursuing a mission to create an American-European dialogue on the various political, economic, and moral-cultural elements essential to human flourishing and virtuous liberty.

Students from the United States and Europe gather to examine current social questions with prominent American and Slovak professors in some of the most beautiful places in Slovakia - the originally rococo château in Ivanka pri Dunaji, and the historical town of Spišská Kapitula located in the close vicinity of the ruins of Spiš Castle - one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993.

Spiš Castle

Seminar discussions will take you into explorations of the political, economic, moral, and cultural dimensions of a free society in the thought of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II, The Federalist Papers, Alexis de Tocqueville, among others.


The seminar does much more than engage in academic activities: it is also about fun! You will experience common meals, free time activities such as excursions to Slovakia's stunning castles, old cities, and mesmerizing natural beauties; visits to museums, sports, and cultural evenings, which all form an integral part of the seminar experience as well.


The Free Society Seminar is an ideal place for university-level students and young professionals to grow not only spiritually and intellectually, but also to develop new friendships and international perspective crucial to understanding and shaping today’s world.


Spaces are limited. Apply today.


"The Free Society Seminar was one of the most fruitful, beautiful experiences I can remember. Engaging in questions of culture, faith, and the law with some of the best young Slovaks, Americans, and others, the seminar provides a time to work out ideas with seminar leaders expert in their fields. This seminar is a must."

Ryan Womack

PhD in English, Religion and Literature

Baylor University, FSS 2015

"Participating in the Free Society Seminar was an invigorating experience, from engaging students and faculty from around the world on the vital questions that form our societies, to exploring the beauty of Slovakia, to forming lasting friendships."

Charles Atkinson

B.A. in English Literature and minor Latin

Ave Maria University, FSS 2013

"Truly one of the best educational experiences I've ever had. Sound presentations, intellectually invigorating discussions, enlightening cultural exchange, and enriching personal encounters are only the beginning of what participants in the Free Society Seminar experience. A worthwhile workshop for any young adult!"

Debra Emery

M.A. in Conflict Resolution

Georgetown University, FSS 2015

"Democracy, politics, art, human life, law. New friendships, new cultures, new places. The FSS gave me so much! Now I truly realize that we - young people - are the most responsible for how the future of our countries will look like. And it is actually us who should now as students discuss important topics, study hard and widen our horizons to prepare ourselves to really make that future better."

Soňa Matiová

M.A. in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Comenius University, FSS 2015


"Exciting atmosphere, inspiring fellows and extraordinary teachers. Friendly disputations, exploring history of central Europe and even wine-tasting!"

Ján Tkáč

Conducting at Academy of performing arts Bratislava,

Opera singing at conservatory in Bratislava, FSS 2015


The Seminar is organised by:


Faith & Reason Institute is based in Washington DC. It aims at bringing both Faith and Reason to bear on all the issues that confront us.


Collegium of Anton Neuwirth is located near Bratislava. Its mission is to form young people's minds and characters by systematic education in the Christian cultural legacy and its influence on Western civilization.

Supported by:


This project was supported by U.S. Embassy in Slovakia.

Tento projekt bol podporený grantom Veľvyslanectva USA na Slovensku.