Invitation-only Student Colloquia

Each semester, the Institute offers 15 selected students the opportunity to participate in a day-long colloquium led by an expert on the chosen theme of the particular colloquium. Prior to the event, students are asked to read short excerpts from great texts from the history of ideas in preparation. Then on the day of the event, the expert acts as a discussion leader guiding students through the texts. Breakfast, lunch and a formal dinner afterwards are all covered for the selected participants.

Spring 2017
Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Thought
Prof. Kelly Martin, Tulane University
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Karl Marx and Marxism [pdf]
Dr John Lutz, Long Island University
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 9:00am-7:00pm

Fall 2016
The English Enlightenment [pdf]
Dr. Michelle Schwarze, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, September 23, 2016 – 9:00am-7:00pm

Fall 2015
The French Enlightenment [pdf]
Dr. Joshua Bandoch, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, November 6, 2015 – 8:30am-8:30pm

Spring 2015
The Scottish Enlightenment: Virtue, Justice, and Happiness [pdf]
Dr. Thomas Merrill, American University
Saturday, March 21, 2015 – 8:30am-8:30pm


Participant feedback:

“LIU Post needs these kinds of events to stimulate intellectual discussion on campus. I loved the fact that there were only a select amount of students so that the discussion was focused.”

“It was such an incredible experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed every detail. The extraordinary discussions, thought provoking readings, knowledgable professors, and entertaining dinner are all a huge part of the experience that will stay with me forever.”

“[E]xcellent experience and I would strongly encourage you to do this again.”

“I absolutely loved the opportunity to participate in the colloquium, it was one of the highlights of my college career.”