University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

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.

Fall 2015 — Spring 2015Fall 2014Spring 2014 — General Info

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 Best Buy Theater on the 4th floor of Northrop.

Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 Thursdays at Four speakers explored visual representations of time, the music of Schoenberg performed by the Bakken Trio, human rights in post-Stalinist Europe, spirituality after Darwin, the future of the Mississippi River, how to understand mass images, and more.


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.