Upcoming Events

Annual MISF Picnic in the Park

Curt Hillstrom
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 11:30am to 2:00pm
Cherokee Park, St. Paul

We meet at Cherokee Park along the Mississippi River at the small shelter. Bring a dish to share. Help us celebrate summer by socializing and getting to know fellow MISF members in a more informal setting and in adventures in eating!

Philosophy Study Group

Curt Hillstrom
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Curran's Restaurant, 42nd and Nicollet in Minneapolis

We will conclude our discussion of Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery by Rupert Sheldrake. Sheldrake is known for his theory of morphic resonance, which some consider a pseudo-science in spite of Sheldrake's first-rate scientific credentials. Here's the good news. Morphic will be there. See if you can resonate with him (her? It?).


F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota

Dave Page
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul on 24 September 1896. Although his family left for Buffalo, New York, before his second birthday, he returned to St. Paul in 1908 and lived there during his teen years, a very formative period for the young writer. Come hear how the wealth of the Midwest, the Catholic Church of St. Paul, and the romantic notions of the Civil War his Maryland father planted in his head while living in St. Paul influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and writing. In addition, take a slide show tour of some of the sites associated with Fitzgerald in St.

Scholars without Walls:  How our book came to be and why

Steve Miller
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

We will introduce our new book, Scholars without WallsThe History of the Minnesota Independent Scholars' Forum.  This book, due out in October 2018,  tells how a group of unemployed academics became a current-day organization with monthly meetings, study groups, a regular newsletter, and fiscal agency assistance.  In addition to a history of the organization, this new book includes examples of writing by independent scholars—on subjects from health insurance to history.