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Alumni News & Achievements

A CLA education develops imaginative and resourceful people who are committed to service and leadership in every sector of society. They have a deep understanding of diverse perspectives. They think independently, critically, and creatively.

Our alumni excel in many fields: health care, politics, education, entertainment, arts, business, and social justice among others.

Portrait of Clemesha Jámilah Grayer

Discovery of Self

2017 graduate Clemesha Jámilah Grayer shares how her undergraduate research experience has helped her find her place in the world. She reflects on how GWSS prepared her to meet the challenges of her new job by talking about difficult topics, empowering students through questions, and being aware of the world and its identities.
Nikki Otten posing for a picture

Searching for The Unseen: How Research and Curatorial Work Come Together

PhD candidate Nikki Otten studies nineteenth-century French printmaking, a medium that offers a window into a society marked by emerging technologies and by the ideas that flow from new inventions. She examines how artists “used images from the microscope to think about other things that scared them, like changes in society,” including shifts in the role of religion, the spread of feminism, and ideas about mental illness.
Jason Tham, Joe Moses and Kendra Wiswell pose for a picture outside of Nolte Center

Agile Writing Project

Isaac Asimov said, “Writing is a lonely job.” Other writers like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings say that writing is “agony.” Jason Tham, a graduate instructor and PhD candidate in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication, and Joe Moses, a senior lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies, are looking at ways to make team-based writing faster, more efficient, and, well, “Agile.”
Vlad posing for a picture

In Cinema, Sound is the Key

Alumnus Vlad Dima (PhD 2010) discusses life as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he researches French and francophone cinema and crafts unique courses, such as one that explores the representations of the undead in literature and film. His new book offers the first comprehensive study in English of films by Djibril Diop Mambety, and argues that the Senegalese auteur uses soundscapes to generate alternate narrative planes.
Artist Meghan Kreidler and other dancers

INTERVIEW: 2017 Ivey Awards Emerging Artist Meghan Kreidler

Actor Meghan Kreidler received the Ivey Awards’ Emerging Artist Award for 2017. In recent years, she’s appeared on the stages of the Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood, Park Square Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, the History Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, and more. The Arts Reader‘s Basil Considine caught up with Kreidler to talk about her acting and concert journey.