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In the Thursdays at Four series we feature an eclectic mix of scholars, artists, and practitioners from diverse disciplines who present in a variety of forms, including lecture, discussion, and performance.  

We put ideas in unexpected juxtaposition with one another

We aim to put ideas in unexpected juxtaposition with one another to lure you to come hear talks or performances which might lie just a bit out of your ordinary range of interests and expertise, to be stimulated and challenged to think about new topics or to think about old topics in new ways. Join us Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m. usually in the Crosby Seminar Room in Northrop.

Fall 2014

This fall, Thursdays at Four explores the choreographic process, architecture, the World Bank, sustainability, the Bohemian Flats, environmental justice, solving grand and everyday problems, the University Symposium, and more. Every Thursday, 4:00 pm.


Public parking is available in the Fourth Street Ramp; reciprocal parking is available there for people who hold West Bank or St. Paul campus keycard parking contracts.

Faculty, staff, and students from University of Minnesota coordinate campuses can have their mileage reimbursed for travel to the Twin Cities campus for IAS events. For more information, contact us.

Seminars and Archives

Each year, an Honors Seminar is organized around our presentations and introduces new members of the University community to fresh areas of research.

You can now look for events in the Video and Audio section of our website to catch up on any talks that you’ve missed or subscribe to our Thursdays at Four podcast to receive automatic updates as the talks become available.

Upcoming Thursdays at Four:

Dancer as Driver: SOLO and the 2012 and 2013 McKnight Artist Dance Fellows September 11, 2014, at 4:00pm Northrop – Best Buy Theater Panel discussion with Taryn Griggs, Ashwini Ramaswamy, Stephen Schroeder, Tamara Ober, Greg Waletski, and Kari Mosel Moderated by Mary Ellen Childs, Program Director, McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers. >> Panel […]
The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation September 18, 2014, at 4:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room Internationally recognized urban planner and designer Weiming Lu discusses public/private partnerships, how to build a livable, creative urban village, and his new book, The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation. Weiming Lu recently retired as president of Lowertown Redevelopment Corporations in St. […]
Strategies for a Sense of Place: Taking Advantage of Location The U of M is a world class teaching, research, and engagement institution located on the banks of one of the great rivers of the world in a national park. Taking strategic advantage of this location is a challenge.  There are many things that could […]
The World According to the Bank: an Analysis of World Bank Reports, 1946-2010 October 2, 2014, at 4:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room Franco Moretti, English, Stanford University, gives a semantic, stylistic study of World Bank reports. Moretti is author of Signs Taken for Wonders (1983), The Way of the World (1987), Modern Epic (1995), […]
October 9, 2014, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Sandra Zellmer, Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law, University of Nebraska. What is the nature of disasters? How do human social and economic aspirations interact with the environmental imperatives of water and water bodies? Can the acknowledgement of our own responsibility for unnatural disasters lead to […]
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas October 16, 2014, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room — 240 Northrop Philip Bither of the Walker Art Center discusses the Midwest Premiere of Rosas danst Rosas with the performers. Links Rosas on Northrop Events Anne Theresa de Keersmaeker Rosas on Walker Art Center Calendar Beyonce’s “Countdown”
October 23, 2014, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Dianne Harris, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Art History, and History, University of Illinois, U-C; Director, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Dianne Harris is a historian who specializes in studies that focus on the built environment. Her most recent scholarship examines postwar houses in the United […]
October 30, 2014, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Mary Relindes Ellis, author of The Bohemian Flats (2014). Reviewers pronounced Mary Relindes Ellis’s debut novel, The Turtle Warrior, passionate and heartfelt, exhilarating and harrowing, and gorgeously poetic. In her next novel, The Bohemian Flats, Ellis’s rich, imaginative gift carries us from the bourgeois world of […]
Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop On November 9th, 1989 the Berlin Wall cracked open and unleashed a problematic ahistorical narrative of celebratory “re-unification”. This narrative makes less visible contradictions around the wall’s pre-Cold War history as “anti-fascist protection”. Thus, while walls can materialize ideological separation, their presence and absence often […]
The 2014-15 IAS Collaborative Brecht’s America: Rehearsing Failure is convened by: Lisa Channer, Theatre Arts & Dance, CLA Matthias Rothe, German Scandinavian & Dutch, CLA University Symposium: Strategy
Near Stars: Analytic Scale and the Literary Object December 4, 2014 at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Eric Hayot, Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Penn State University. What happens if we describe the current situation of literary criticism as a “crisis in largeness”? For one, recent theories of “world” literature and of quantitative textual analysis […]