Undergraduate Discussion Colloquia

IHS undergraduate discussion colloquia center around authentic conversation and bring a small group of students together in an open forum to discuss ideas. These invitation-only programs are ideal for professors who seek to engage their most intellectually curious students in a unique educational experience outside the normal classroom setting.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the fall semester, all IHS discussion colloquia will take place remotely. IHS remains committed to providing excellent programming and support–whether in-person or online. See below for some online program testimonials.

Deadline for fall applications: August 1st
Deadline for spring applications: October 15th


Thoughts from Past Participants

Dr. Catherine Pakaluk, Professor, Catholic University of America, Online Program

Several students reached out to me privately after the event to thank me for facilitating such an event. One said: "This kind of program is exactly what I expected out of a college education." Another texted me and said: "That was a great experience!" As a faculty member it is deeply rewarding to be able to provide special events like this, and honor the student's participation as well. I'm so deeply grateful to IHS for partnering with us to make their education better, and to elevate their experiences.

Ross Taylor, Student, Christopher Newport University, In-Person Program

This colloquium gave me the kind of opportunities I’ve wanted but have been unable to find on campus, a chance to have a frank dialogue with my peers about the future of the nation we are inheriting.

Anisa Dagher, Student, Michigan State University, Online Program

The IHS Colloquium on Markets and Morality was a fantastic experience for students of different academic backgrounds and political or economic viewpoints to come together and discuss selected readings in a respectful and insightful way. The discussion leaders and professors did an excellent job of facilitating the program, and I consider myself a more learned student because of it.

Tobias Hoonhout, Student, University of Notre Dame, In-Person Program

IHS gave me the opportunity to peruse the very complicated yet important topic of free speech with a number of politically diverse yet highly intellectual individuals. It was an incredible experience and definitely a highlight of my education so far.

Dr. Nicholas Nicholletti, Professor, Missouri Southern State University, In-Person Program

As a Professor, coming in as an observer, I was very impressed with the quality and complexity of the student dialogue. I can tell that many of the students’ understanding grew through this colloquium.

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Discussion Colloquium Readers

To prepare for the discussion, students complete a roughly 150-page set of readings on a specific topic in advance, which helps facilitate an in-depth exploration of the questions and challenges by said readings. Please click on the images below for a full reading list and abstract.

Anarchism and Its Challenges
–Economics

Reading List and Abstract


Anarchism and Its Challenges

Politics

Reading List and Abstract

Democracy in America–Civil Society

Reading List and Abtract

Democracy in America–Political Theory

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Economics and a Free People

Reading List and Abstract

Economics of Foreign Aid

Reading List and Abstract

English Enlightenment and the State of Nature

Reading List and Abtract

Entrepreneurship

Reading List and Abstract

Hayek on Liberty

Reading List and Abstract

History of Policing & Alternate Models

Reading List and Abstract

Markets and Morality

Reading List and Abtract

Morality and Law

Reading List and Abstract

New Perspectives on Political Problems

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Political Economy of the Scottish Enlightenment

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Political Thought of Frederick Douglass

Reading List and Abtract

Public Choice and Government Failure

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Sacred Rights

Reading List and Abstract

Toleration in a Free Society

Reading List and Abstract

What Adam Smith Knew

Reading List and Abtract

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