Announcing the Spring 2021 IAS Thursdays Schedule


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

Due to COVID-19, this season’s events will be held virtually*, via Zoom. All events will take place at 3:30 p.m. CT. Additional details about each event, including Zoom registration details, can be found on our events calendar. Questions about Zoom? Here are some Zoom tips for audience members.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Why Canoes? A Discussion and Virtual Tour of the New Exhibit
Featuring Jacob Bernier, Professor Vicente M. Diaz, Mat Pendleton, and Gabriel Elias
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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Itasca: Reimagining a Scientific Field Station as Common Ground
Featuring Jonathan Schilling
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THURSDAY, February 11, 2021

The Rural/Urban Divide: Spotlight Series*
Featuring Elissa Hansen, Peter Lindstrom, Shannon Smith Jones
Moderated by John Rash
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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University
Featuring Kathleen Fitzpatrick
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Gendered Health Institutions: Examining the Organization of Health Services and Men’s Engagement in HIV Care in Malawi
Featuring Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Dovel
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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Islam and the Fate of Others: The Salvation Question
Featuring Mohammad Hassan Khalil
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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Talking to the Dead: An Interfaith Panel Discussion on Life and Death
Featuring members of Ragamala Dance faith leaders from differing traditions
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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Religious Identities and Polarization: Spotlight Series*
Featuring Emmy Kegler, Chris Stedman, Tahil Sharma
Moderated by John Rash
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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Featuring Leslie Reagan
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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Telling True Stories: The Seed Keeper
Featuring Diane Wilson
Moderated by Christine Baeumler
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Politics in Higher Education: Spotlight Series*
Featuring Kathryn Pearson, Bill Doherty, Colin Agur
Moderated by John Rash
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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Confluence: Water as an Analytic of Indigenous Feminisms
Featuring Joanne Barker
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Thursday, April 29, 2021




The Institute for Advanced StudyNorthrop, and the University Honors Program present the 2020-21 Spotlight Series: Polarization and Identities, a series of six events inspired by both the 2020 Presidential Election and the polarization that has appeared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Events will be moderated by John Rash, an editorial writer for the Star Tribune.

*Enrolled Honors Seminar students will be able to attend Spotlight Series events in person at Northrop’s Best Buy Theater as pre-arranged via their course.


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