An open letter from a Capitaf alum…
Nick F. attended the June 2018 University of Arkansas week-long colloquium at Capitaf. He was a junior at the time. Afterward, he wrote an open letter to other students who may be considering applying for a similarly unique educational opportunity:
Capitaf is an immersive week-long program that will provide you a myriad of tremendous, unique experiences, both educational and personal. The program’s excellence was apparent to me before I even arrived at Milton and Rose Friedman’s beautiful Vermont compound, which serves as your adopted home for the Capitaf conference. Due to a series of unfortunate traveling delays, I was lucky enough to ride from Boston to Fairlee, Vermont (the location of the Friedman’s home) with David Henderson, our group discussion moderator for the upcoming week. A Friedman guru, Dr. Henderson is a prominent economist who served in the Reagan administration, wrote articles appearing in the WSJ, Forbes, and the NYT, and has appeared as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, and C-Span—and I got to pick his brain for 3 hours. A truly amazing experience, and Capitaf hadn’t even officially started! I am happy to report that the rest of the week matched—even exceeded—that promising prologue. The bulk of your time at Capitaf will be spent discussing, analyzing, and debating Friedman’s magnum opus, the influential Capitalism and Freedom. In this small group setting, conversation is engaging and sometimes intense, yet always respectful. I was consistently impressed with the quality and originality of ideas brought forth by my peers, who were also University of Arkansas undergraduates. You will undoubtedly bond with your fellow Capitaf attendees during these dialogues, as well as during the memorable extracurricular activities (my Capitaf cohort visited Dartmouth, a maple syrup farm, and competed with ferocious intensity in massive games of Catch Phrase). In short, I can define Capitaf to you in a singular word: impressive. You get to interact with incredibly smart and incredibly wise people, create valuable friendships with your peers, and learn to evaluate pressing and pertinent social, political, and economic issues with entirely different paradigms. Capitaf is challenging but rewarding; it is an experience I think of often and fondly. Should you have the fortune to attend, I am certain you would have an experience as impactful as mine.
University of Arkansas Junior