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Why the Liberal Arts Matter

Our strength, our strongest asset is the kind of work we do in the liberal arts -- the range of questions we ask and the diverse ways we explore them. In a time of hyper communication and intense conflict over fundamental values, the liberal arts are uniquely suited to address the challenges facing our economy, our democracy, and our society.

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Extraordinary opportunities shaped my own life in unexpected and deeply rewarding ways. That's why I'm driven to create opportunities that help students achieve their goals, support our communities, and boost the potential for all in our society to thrive.

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Adriana Zabala

Celebrating Our World-Class Community

Professor Adriana Zabala (Music) joined colleagues in a performance at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on February 17. She and Sing for Hope co-founder Camille Zamora have spearheaded the transcription, publication, and recording of Pauline Viardot and Ivan Turgenev's opera, Le Dernier Sorcier.

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John Coleman speaking at CLA's Capital Campaign Kickoff

CLA Capital Campaign Kickoff Remarks

I hope tonight has indeed shattered your expectations about our college and campaign. Earlier tonight you heard that through this campaign we seek to become a destination college. And that’s true. But this vision is not just about CLA. Continue reading...

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Students cheering at College Day

The Importance of CLA in the U’s Climate and Tone

The College of Liberal Arts has a special role to play in creating a campus climate in which we can all thrive.We must lead by example in building and driving a university culture and tone that values diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities. Continue reading...

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We’re Shattering Expectations

We’re investing in the key initiatives that better prepare our students, improve access to education, engage diverse voices, and drive innovation and collaboration between campus and community.


Our alumni will be the most desirable graduates available.


We’ll maintain a relentless focus on research and creative excellence.


Our community will welcome diverse voices and mirror the community at large.


We’ll deepen a culture of engagement for our alumni, community, and state.

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