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.
*Spotlight Series events will be offered both online and in person in the Best Buy Theater in Northrop (masks required).
Questions about Zoom? Here are some Zoom tips for audience members.
Fall 2021 Events
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021
Spotlight Series: Policing and Public/Community Safety
Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General
Georgia Fort, independent journalist
Booker Hodges, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
“No One is Expendable”: A Conversation on Higher Education in Prison
Kate Marshall, University of Notre Dame & Moreau College Initiative
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
Telling Stories Differently: Public Scholarship as Creative Exchange
Hana Maruyama, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut
Kacie Lucchini Butcher, Director of the UW-Madison Public History Project
Moderated by Laurie Moberg, Managing Editor and Project Manager, IAS, UMN
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021
WEBE Gullah/Geechee: Collaborating for Social and Environmental Justice
Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head of State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Kate Derickson, Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021
Spotlight Series: The Military and the Role of Citizen Soldier
Dr. David Hamlar, Brig. Gen. recently retired Assistant Adjutant General; Air, Minnesota National Guard
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021
Building an Abolitionist University: What Will it Take to Free Higher Education from Its Current Conditions?
Davarian Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021
George Floyd, Christopher Columbus, and the “Evidence of Things Not Seen”
Demetrius L. Eudell, Professor of History, Wesleyan University
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021
Spotlight Series: Art as Protest and Patriotism
Janet Wong, Associate Artistic Director; New York Live Arts
Pauline Kim Harris, Violinist and Composer
Marie Paspe, Performer; Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
The Deaths America Treats as Normal
Assistant Professor, Sociology, UMN Twin Cities
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2021
Art and Science in the Age of Convergence
Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Music
University of California, San Diego
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2021
NASA Scientist Kate Marvel on Climate Change
Research Scientist, Columbia University & NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
ABOUT IAS THURSDAYS
IAS Thursdays is a weekly event series that brings ideas, conversations, and viewpoints from a range of scholars and panel discussions to the heart of the University. The programming series is always free and open to the general public, and is geared toward presenting ideas that researchers are passionate about to a broad audience. Learn more.
ABOUT THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES
The University of Minnesota Spotlight Series is a collaborative partnership between the University Honors Program, Institute for Advanced Study, and Northrop, to present lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and other events throughout the academic year around timely topics of interest. The six-part 2021-22 series, hosted in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, focuses on patriotism, public service, and civic engagement. The moderator for all six events will be Kevin Lindsey, CEO of Minnesota Humanities Center. All events are Thursdays 3:30-5:00 pm and may be attended in Northrop’s Best Buy Theater or online via Zoom. Q&A sessions will follow each event. Learn more.