To start a new university seminar, you simply write to the Director, Bob Pollack, a two-page letter (email is fine) describing the need for the seminar, the approaches it would use, and the kinds of subjects it might deal with over the years. If you have specific plans already, it would be good to add a few topics or speakers that might appear in your first year. All seminars must include participants from more than one department, and from outside Columbia. Members (from Columbia), and associate members (from elsewhere), must have PhD’s or equivalent expertise. Some seminars admit selected graduate students as guests; some do not. You should include the names and specialties of several members and associate members you know would like to participate, and several more you would invite if the seminar is approved.