“I think any department that should survive needs to evolve because the world doesn’t stand still,” says Regents Professor Emeritus Richard Leppert. Leppert discusses the evolution of the CSCL department over time and his love for teaching.
“When you are teaching literature, there is no set of truths that everybody adheres to,” says newly hired Assistant Professor Christian Uwe. He was born in Rwanda, studied in France, and now made his way to Minnesota. See how his background has influenced his field of study: sub-Saharan and Caribbean Francophone literatures.
Marianna Mattes has a passion for film and a love for making sense of the world around us. Now under the guidance of award-winning filmmaker Melody Gilbert, Mattes credits CLA with giving her the skills to pursue a career in film.
There is no longer a swimsuit parade in the Miss America pageant, and reactions are pouring in. “I’m very skeptical," says Maggie Hennefeld, an assistant professor of cultural studies and comparative literature. "This re-branding seems like a blatant PR move."
The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL) is a multidisciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts. Our undergraduate and graduate courses examine how cultural and artistic practices around the globe reflect and transform
ways of knowing, of feeling, and of acting politically. They also underpin conceptions of both individual and collective social identity.