CLA Stories

At Backpack, we’re strategic storytellers for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. The college is a hub for intellectual and creative innovation, and we tell stories that spark curiosity, connection, and inspiration. Our objective is to transform CLA into a destination college by telling stories about the students, faculty, and alumni.

Renana Schneller poses for a portrait

At Home With Hebrew

Renana Schneller is an instructor of the only modern language taught in CNES: Hebrew. After overhearing a colleague talk about teaching an online course, she felt compelled to create her own. Now, the course is offered across all Big Ten Universities, and Schneller has hopes of expanding her online Hebrew curriculum.
Laura Wertheim Joseph and Kristin Makholm pose for a portrait

Reconstructing a Museum

After ten years of closure, Executive Director Kristin Makholm and Curator Laura Wertheim Joseph are leading the Minnesota Museum of American Art into the next decade. “It's really about bringing new voices, telling new stories, bringing out hidden narratives that maybe have been neglected or passed over in the past,” Makholm says.

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