Discussion colloquia are intensive, invite-only events hosted by a professor on their campus to discuss the ideas of freedom. Professors invite up to eighteen exemplary undergraduate students to participate in a day of energetic exploration and debate centered around a particular theme. To prepare for the event, students are expected to complete roughly 150 pages of reading in advance.
“I believe events like these are instrumental in growing the marketplace of ideas.” – Mackenzie Vieth, Georgetown University
These events aren’t for everybody. Professors look for accomplished, intellectual students that have a passion for learning and a desire to discuss complex topics.
If that sounds like you, then these seminars are a fantastic way for you to delve deeply into a topic and advance your critical thinking skills.
“This experience was totally eye opening and worth it… It made me think about things I normally shrug off.”
– William Sallen, Loras College
Want to get involved? We usually draw participants from previous IHS events. Check out upcoming IHS on-campus events and sign up below to be informed about all IHS opportunities.
Past discussion colloquia include:
- “The Moral Foundations of Liberty,” focusing on readings from John Locke, David Hume, and Adam Smith
- “Economics and a Free People,” analyzing works from Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Frédéric Bastiat, F. A. Hayek, and John Maynard Keynes
- “Public Choice and Government Failure,” reviewing research from James M. Buchanan, Gordon Tullock, Donald Wittman, F. A. Hayek, and others
“My experience at an IHS discussion colloquium was refreshingly challenging. Being able to talk about difficult and timeless ideas with my peers and educated, eager professors is an experience that is hard to find and invaluable.”
– Hamilton Spivey, Samford University
If you have questions about discussion colloquia or general inquiries about IHS on-campus events, please reach out to us at OnCampusEd@TheIHS.org.