col·lo·qui·um (noun): a usually academic meeting at which specialists deliver addresses on a topic or on related topics and then answer questions relating to them.

In 1980, American Mensa's then-Chairman Gabe Werba proposed an annual Colloquium, saying, "I want to stimulate within Mensa a climate of intellectual excitement in which concepts can be explored, dialogues can be started and ideas can be generated that will move us in new directions." The first Colloquium was held in October 1982, citing as its purpose: To offer a forum for any interested Mensan to explore, debate, evaluate and offer judgment on a major issue of long-range importance to society.

Using the format of that first event as a springboard, each Colloquium has made changes, learning from previous experiences and adding new features. The day-long educational event is also open to the general public. The Mensa Foundation now hosts and supports events such as Colloquiums to encourage and expand learning, research and intelligence. Join us for the next event:

The Evolution and Revolution of Manufacturing | July 3, 2018
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Ind.

The Health Care of Catastrophes: Innovation Driven by Disaster | July 5, 2017
Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Fla.

The Nature of Genetics: Flora, Fauna and the Future | June 28, 2016
Town & Country Resort, San Diego, Calif.

Brain Health: Research, Challenges and Breakthroughs | June 30, 2015
Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Ky.

Crime Scene Intelligence | July 1, 2014
Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, Mass.

Between Science Fiction and Science | July 2, 2013
Worthington Renaissance, Fort Worth, Texas

Social and Video Games | July 3, 2012
Silver Legacy Resort, Reno, Nev. (Marc Lederman, Chairman)

Electronic Gaming and Its Impact on Society | Feb. 18-20, 2011
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, Austin, Texas (Marc Lederman, Chairman)

Weather Or Not | Feb. 27-March 1, 2009
Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, Dunwoody, Ga. (Cyndi Kuyper, Chairman)

Tracking Granny's Granny: The Genealogy Quest | Sept. 12-14, 2008
Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City (Eldon Romney, Chairman)

Aspects of Humor | March 23-25, 2007
Doubletree Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Ill. (Chris Edwards, Chairman)

Revolution in Cosmology | Oct. 6-8, 2006
Albany Marriott, Albany, N.Y. (Judy Keating and Harry Ringermacher, Chairs)

Earth in Mind: Fueling the Future | March 4-6, 2005
Sheraton Tucson, Tucson, Ariz. (Joanna Soper, Chair)

Consciousness: Thinking on the Edge | Aug. 16-18, 2002
Northfield Hilton, Troy, Mich. (Debbie Gleason & Steve Goodhall, Chairs)

Medicine in the 21st Century | Oct. 8-10, 1993
Holiday Inn Center City, Philadelphia (Steve Slepner, Chair)

The Politics of Politics | Oct. 4-6, 1991
Marc Plaza, Milwaukee (Marcy Hotz, Chair)

Gifted Children: Identification, Education and Nurturing:
Where Are We Today? Where Will We Be Tomorrow? | May 18-20, 1990

Ramada Hotel O'Hare, Rosemont, Ill. (Russ Kratowicz, Chair)

Science & Society: Our Critical Challenges | Oct. 7-9, 1988
Capitol Marriott, Austin, Texas (Mike McCormick, Chair)

The Impact of the Arts on Civilization | Nov. 14-16, 1986
Seelbach Hotel, Louisville, Ky. (Rose Lee Crutcher, Chair)

The Gifted in Society | Nov. 23-25, 1984
Scottsdale Conference Resort, Phoenix (Marilyn Rollins, Chair)

Forecasting a Valid Tomorrow: Destination A.D. 2000 | Oct. 29-31, 1982
Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston (Kay Grant, Chair)