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About Us

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,, 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.