IAS Thursdays


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

IAS Thursdays brings ideas, conversations, and viewpoints from a range of scholars and panel discussions to the heart of the University. This event 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. As part of this series, we also partner with the University Honors Program and Northrop each year on the Spotlight Series: six events focused around an annual theme.

Please take a look at our events calendar to find the talks you’re most interested in—or to discover something completely new!

EVENT MODALITY & COVID-19: While we are slowly making a return to offering some in-person events, all events are also offered online via Zoom. 

Throughout the pandemic, the University of Minnesota has aligned with the guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), paying particular attention to fluctuating COVID-19 transmission rates, cases, and hospitalizations. As of Mar 21, 2022, face coverings are not required. Individuals may wear masks at any time, and in any location, as a matter of personal protection. As a community, we will continue to respect and honor the choices of all individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask, are immunocompromised, or who are taking additional steps to protect their families or others.



Accommodation Requests

All IAS Thursday and Spotlight Series events include CART captioning. Please contact us at [email protected] as far in advance as possible if you require additional specific accommodations.

Parking and Transportation

Public parking is available in the Church Street Garage and the Fourth Street Ramp; reciprocal parking is available in the Fourth Street Ramp for people who hold West Bank or St. Paul campus keycard parking contracts. Please find a map of nearby campus parking here

The Twin Cities campus is served by many public transportation options. The Green Line train stops at the East Bank Station, a short walk from Northrop, and Metro Transit bus routes 2, 3, and 6 provide service to the campus.

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.