IAS Thursdays

The 2022–2023 Spotlight Series: Human in the Data

The University of Minnesota Spotlight Series is a collaborative partnership between the Institute for Advanced Study, Northrop, and University Honors Program to present lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and other events throughout the academic year around timely topics of interest. The six-part 2022-23 series will focus on how data—their collection, analysis, and the research questions that rely on them—connect to the deeply personal lived experiences of individual human beings and to the human condition at large.

Announcing the Fall 2021 IAS Thursdays Schedule

Join the IAS on Thursday afternoons this fall for our eclectic, wide-ranging discussion series designed for scholars from all walks of life.

Events are free, open to the public, and will be held online*. All events will take place at 3:30 p.m. CT. Events are FREE, open to the public, and will be held online via Zoom. Additional details about each event, including registration details, can be found via the links below and on our events calendar.

The 2021–2022 Spotlight Series: Reconsidering Patriotism, Public Service, and Civic Engagement

We are pleased to announce the 2021–2022 Spotlight Series: Reconsidering Patriotism, Public Service, and Civic Engagement.

The series is FREE and open to the public (registration requested), and will be held online via Zoom and in person at Northrop in the Best Buy Theater (masks required).

Announcing the 2020–2021 Spotlight Series: Polarization and Identities

A timely event series focusing on Polarization and Identities.

The six-part 2020–2021 series focuses on polarization and identities, inspired by both the 2020 presidential election and the polarization that has appeared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an academic year that includes an election, and in an environment in which conversations across different identities and ideologies are becoming increasingly contentious, we hope to model ways to create meaningful dialogue about these difficult-but-important topics for our students and community.