About Our Discussion Colloquia
Discussion Colloquia enable faculty and graduate student to learn from each other by participating in structured discussions of foundational texts and contemporary scholarship in the classical liberal tradition selected for their intellectual rigor and relevance to a theme. Discussion Colloquia are hosted in partnership with faculty or academic centers at hotels or university campuses across the country or online.
Programs that convene in person typically include four to six 90-minute discussion sessions and 250 to 300 pages of reading. Online programs usually include three to four 75-minute discussion sessions and 200- 250 pages of reading.
For programs convening in person, participants receive an honorarium, a travel stipend, all meals, and lodging for their full participation. For online programs, participants receive an honorarium for their full participation.
As part of its Discourse Initiative, IHS is particularly interested in supporting research or facilitating programs in the following general categories:
- Liberalism and Its Critics, including engagement with and response to critiques from both ends of the ideological spectrum.
- Key Challenges within a Free Society, such as tensions between liberty and equality, dynamism and disruption, and freedom of speech and social cohesion.
- Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, such as protections for minority rights, the pace of change in an increasingly digital and globalized world, and the cultural requirements of a tolerant and pluralistic society.
- Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition, including negative vs. positive rights, moral obligations within the liberal order, and contested meanings of liberal principles such as justice, equality, and democracy.
- Liberalism in Times of Crisis, including the proper role of government in a crisis and how to balance competing goals, such as public health and safety, with civil liberties, the rule of law, and economic freedom in an emergency.
IHS welcomes applications and proposals on these or other related topics from scholars in all disciplines, including economics, history, political science, philosophy, PPE, law, literature, business, sociology, psychology, and the visual and performing arts. Scholars can visit the pages listed above for more information and to apply directly to their program(s) of interest.
Email us at Discourse@TheIHS.org to learn more or explore potential opportunities for collaboration with IHS.