Discussion Colloquia


Sexuality and the State

Sexuality is a fundamental part of the human experience, individual identity, and, unfortunately, political life. …

Can Classical and Christian Ideas Sustain Liberalism?

Can Classical and Christian Ideas Sustain Liberalism?

Both classical and Christian thought unequivocally endorse virtues such as courage, temperance, civility, and prudence. The virtues embedded in those traditions have sustained liberalism in the past, but what some identify as liberalism’s drift towards moral relativism can make teaching those traditions a delicate balancing act. 

Rousseau and Liberty

Rousseau and Liberty

The IHS is pleased to announce our latest online discussion series for graduate students, “Rousseau …

Marcus Witcher on the Importance of Historical Context and Community

Marcus Witcher on the Importance of Historical Context and Community

When Dr. Marcus Witcher studied English literature as an undergraduate, he considered the historical context and typically wrote from a historical perspective. During a meeting with an academic adviser in his sophomore year at the University of Central Arkansas, Witcher discussed his interest in graduate school. The advisor suggested that Witcher try out some history classes and consider pursuing history, rather than literature, in graduate school.

Where Mental Health and Liberty Merge

Where Mental Health and Liberty Merge

A recent IHS colloquium explored “Liberty, Responsibility, and Mental Health,” and explored how classical liberal ideas can be applied when tackling mental health.

What is the Impact of Regulation?

What is the Impact of Regulation?

Experimenting with an innovative format, IHS invited an interdisciplinary group of senior and junior scholars to examine current literature on the impact of regulation in a three-session discussion colloquium.