The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) is about thinking big, challenging boundaries, and building bridges. A collaboration led by researchers in seven faculties and schools at McGill, IPLAI is a leader in innovative, interdisciplinary research and teaching in the humanities that reorients the university toward the world. We engage local, national, and international publics in creative thinking about important questions, bring artists into collaboration with researchers, develop opportunities for creative teaching and learning, and involve students as active partners in major collaborative undertakings beyond the classroom. IPLAI is re-energizing the study of human history, culture, thought and creativity by expanding and multiplying the contexts and communities of humanities research. We believe that the modern university has not only the capacity but the responsibility to be forward-looking, pro-active, and socially-engaged.