CLA Stories

CLAgency strives to enrich the value of a liberal arts education by serving as storytellers for CLA students, faculty, and alumni.

Our goal is to highlight how CLA is shattering expectations of what a liberal arts education can be—transforming CLA into a destination college. As strategic storytellers, we brainstorm with our departments to uncover exciting story ideas that align with CLA Dean John Coleman's Roadmap goals: readiness, research, engagement, and diversity. Each semester, our content creators build a content strategy, conduct interviews, and write at least three feature stories. Our stories are shared on department websites, through social media, and through e-newsletters to alumni and friends. 

Portrait of Sara Algeri

Universal Search

“The beauty of conducting research in statistics is that you can apply it to whatever you want—even dark matter,” says Assistant Professor Sara Algeri. Algeri is using her PhD in the area of astrostatistics to explore our universe. She joined the faculty this past fall.
Portrait of Laura Matson

Reservation Preservation

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Laura Matson combines her expertise in law and geography to focus on the expansion of tribal jurisdiction in the Great Lakes region. Matson has developed and defended her dissertation in analyzing resource policy and water regulation.
Portrait of Ryan Mattke

Minding the Maps

The Twin Cities campus has long known about the treasure of geographical information that the Borchert Map Library contains in the sub basement of Wilson Library. As more of its artifacts are digitized, the library’s resources will be able to serve researchers and map-curious people everywhere.
Portrait of Alexandre Dubois.

Exploring Poetry Beyond Paper

“Studying in the humanities is about striving to wander and wonder, which coincides with the idea that learning is joyful in that it never ends,” says Alexandre Dubois, a recent PhD graduate. Discover how Dubois combined his interests in literature and geography to explore how language is portrayed in poetry.
Portrait of Brent Imholte

Yelling for History

The Yelling for History club was founded by a group of students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities who took HIST 3053 Ancient Civilizations: Rome with Loren Cowdery in spring 2018. The group mixes roleplaying, history, public speaking, debates, reenactment, politicking, and much more into games that are inherently designed for learning by doing.