The Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum is a group of individuals who support research and scholarship both outside and inside institutions of higher education. Membership is open to anyone who shares this goal.
- We support research, writing and publication by independent scholars.
- We seek to foster scholarly discussion.
- We educate the public about the role and value of independent scholars and their scholarship.
- No advanced degree is required for membership.
BENEFITS of membership
- The Forum provides a lively, interdisciplinary, and non-traditional environment in which members can share and develop ideas and interests.
- We have public programs (lectures, panels, works-in-progress, philosophers' cafes), meetings, and social get-togethers.
- The Forum sponsors special interest groups on a variety of topics.
- We publish a semi-annual journal Practical Thinking.
- The Forum sends an online newsletter, MISF Newsnotes, whenever we have timely information.
- We offer Fiscal Agency for members who are applying for local and national grants.
- Our website, MNindependentscholars.org, profiles members who wish to make themselves available for public speaking or expert consulting.
- The Forum offers networking opportunities through member meetings and an interest-matching program.
- We are organizationally affiliated with the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.
HISTORY The Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum was founded in 1983. It is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Contributions to MISF are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.