The Institute hosts two speaker series with the goal of promoting intellectual community across NYU units strengthening interdisciplinary networks and collaborations with NYU faculty, students, and research staff. The IHDSC Seminar Series, which is held on Tuesdays (Wednesdays for co-sponsored talks), invites nationally prominent scholars to speak on their research and meet with NYU faculty and students. The IES-PIRT Proseminar Series, which is held on Mondays, allows IES-PIRT doctoral fellows to meet with outside lecturers as well as present their own research to a group of peers and colleagues.

In addition, IHDSC also sponsors annual conferences organized by faculty affiliates.