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.
IHS partners with faculty to host both in-person and online discussion colloquia for undergraduate students. Please note, support for in-person programs is limited and highly competitive. While both program formats offer an open and intellectually stimulating forum for students to discuss ideas, online discussion colloquia provide a more flexible option for faculty and their students.
Deadline for fall applications: August 1, 2021
Deadline for spring applications: October 15, 2021
Faculty Partner or Recommended Professor
Academic Year or Summer
Faculty Partner’s Campus
Undergraduate Students from Faculty Partner’s University
How we Partner with Faculty and Students
Faculty partners handle key aspects of planning for the discussion colloquium, including:
• Selecting an event date, typically a Friday or Saturday
• Choosing a discussion topic from the list below
• Inviting and registering student participants
• Selecting a discussion leader, either themselves, a colleague, or an IHS-recommended professor*
• Discussion leading the colloquium**
• Reserving a venue**
• Organizing catering**
• Distributing reading materials from IHS**
Students invited to the discussion colloquium are expected to do the following:
• Read the 150-pages of selected readings on the designated topic which will be provided a month prior to the event
• Attend all sessions of the day-long event, including meals and discussion groups
The Institute for Humane Studies offers faculty logistical and event support for discussion colloquia, including the following:
• Offering honoraria and stipends
• Reader creation– including acquiring copyrights, printing, production, and shipment
• Providing lunch funding**
• Zoom video conferencing software for hosting online colloquia*
• Staffing the program. This includes delivering opening remarks, answering any IHS-related questions, and providing technical support*
• Inviting external discussion leaders if requested*
*Applies only to online discussion colloquia
**Applies only to in-person discussion colloquia
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.
Thoughts from Past Participants
This experience was unlike anything I've ever done before. I hope to do it again soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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