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Institute for Advanced Study at University of Minnesota

The Institute for Advanced Study, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of six University-wide centers at the University of Minnesota.[1] The Institute for Advanced Study supports and encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative research and creative work across the University and fosters connections between the University and local and regional communities. The Institute is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.


The Institute describes itself as a site, concept, and community dedicated to public and intellectual exchange across the fields of human endeavor. The Institute describes itself as a place where faculty, students, and community members take intellectual risks, challenge theoretical assumptions, integrate different forms of knowledge, and take on important questions aimed at reshaping understandings of the human condition.[2] The Institute hosts between 120 and 140 public events each year, including talks, workshops, and conferences. Most events since 2008 have been recorded and are available at the IAS website. [3]It describes itself as a place where nonspecialists can learn about innovative research and creative work being done at the University. The Institute serves as a catalyst for new work that otherwise may not have found a disciplinary home, such as the Moving Cell Project, which brings together a biomechanical engineer and a choreographer. The Institute also serves as the home for recipients of the Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship and for recipients of external fellowships such as the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The Institute partners with University departments to provide undergraduate and graduate curriculum on current event topics and topics related to the University Symposium. In Fall 2007, the Institute partnered with the College of Design to offer an undergraduate course on the I-35W Bridge collapse. In Fall 2010, the Institute partnered with the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences to offer an undergraduate course on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010; the course received national coverage in the Washington Post,[4] Huffington Post,[5] and CNN.[6]


The Institute for Advanced Study was established in 2005 as part of President Robert Bruininks' Initiative on Arts and Humanities,[7] and almost immediately broadened to encompass all disciplines across the University. The Institute was publicly launched in September 2005. The Institute’s Founding Director is Ann Waltner, a professor of History.[8] The Institute’s Managing Director is Susannah Smith, a historian of Russia and modern Europe.[9] The Institute is led by Ann Waltner in consultation with the Advisory Board.

The Institute created four signature programs: Faculty Fellows, Research and Creative Collaboratives, University Symposium, and Thursdays at Four. The Institute developed its public programming to be a forum for speakers from within the University as well as visiting scholars, artists, and practitioners to showcase their research and creative work in an interdisciplinary and non-specialist specific space. In the 2005-2006 academic year, the Institute hosted five visiting faculty members from institutions in New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina.[10] In 2006, the Institute began collaborating with The Bat of Minerva, a weekly regional cable television program, to interview scholars and artists visiting or associated with the Institute.[11]

In 2008, the Institute moved from the College of Liberal Arts to the Office of Scholarly and Cultural Affairs and officially became a University-wide interdisciplinary center. 2008-2009 marked the first year for the Quadrant Program, a joint project with the University of Minnesota Press to promote innovate interdisciplinary work and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.[12] Beginning in fall 2008, the Institute began video-recording its public programming and posting for public viewing on the Institute’s website. The Institute has had participation from virtually every College and School on the Twin Cities campus and has had participation from every University of Minnesota system coordinate campus except Rochester. From 2005 to 2011, the Institute was headquartered in the Nolte Center for Continuing Education. Public programming continues to take place in the Nolte Center library. In Fall 2013, the Institute will be headquartered in the revitalized Northrop Auditorium.


  1. ^ Retrieved on 24 October 2011.
  2. ^ 2005-2006 Annual Report, Retrieved 24 October 2011
  3. ^ These videos are available at
  4. ^ Washington Post, 24 June 2010. Retrieved on 26 October 2011.
  5. ^ Huffington Post, 23 June 2010. Retrieved on 26 October 2011.
  6. ^ CNN, 25 June 2010. Retrieved on 26 October 2011.
  7. ^ Retrieved on 24 October 2011.
  8. ^ Retrieved on 24 October 2011.
  9. ^ Retrieved on 24 October 2011.
  10. ^ 2005-2006 Annual Report, Retrieved on 24 October 2011.
  11. ^ 2006-2007 Annual Report, Retrieved on 24 October 2011. Retrieved on 30 November 2012.
  12. ^ Retrieved on 28 October 2011

External links

  • Official website
  • IAS Facebook page
  • IAS Twitter feed
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