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CLA Time Past, Time Present, Time Future

150th Anniversary Faculty Celebration
October 9, 2018 - 3:00pm to October 12, 2018 - 5:00pm

For 150 years, the College of Liberal Arts has played a central and enduring role in shaping lives, for the good of Minnesota and the world. We’re celebrating our sesquicentennial during the 2018-2019 academic year with a series of events and activities for the entire CLA community, past and present. As part of the 150th celebrations, CLA faculty have arranged a 4-day series of events featuring faculty from across the college. The events are open to anyone from the University and the public. 

Designed to celebrate the wide range of creative and scholarly pursuits among faculty, these events are intended for a broad audience and will showcase the intellectual curiosity and cross-disciplinary dialogue that is at the heart of CLA. 

Sessions do not overlap and guests are encouraged to attend as many as possible. 

Registration has closed but space is still available in all sessions! Please join us as you are able.
Tuesday, October 9

Northrop, Best Buy Theater

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Session 1
Keynote: Michal Kobialka, 150th Anniversary of CLA: A Challenge to the Archive
This talk focuses on the history of CLA traced through the commemorative objects; on the critique of experience as shaped by state of the college addresses; and on the critical reflection about our intellectual and pedagogical activities.

Opening reception to follow.  

Wednesday, October 10

Northrop, Best Buy Theater

10:00am – 12:00pm

Session 2
The Amazing Decade or When the Students Changed the Mission of the CLA
What have we learned from the period, fifty years ago when, as a result of student activism, CLA’s mission was challenged and changed? Could student activism have a similar impact in the years ahead and how? 

Moderator: John Wright , African American & African Studies


Mahmoud El-Kati, former professor in African American & African Studies

Josie Johnson, former UMN Regent and former UMN Associate Director of Academic Affairs

Ramona A. de Rosales, founder of Academia Cesar Chavez

12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch (hosted box lunches)
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Session 3
Neuroscience and the Human Condition
Since its creation, CLA has been dedicated to understanding the human condition in its many facets. How do advances in neuro and cognitive sciences enhance CLA's mission, if at all?

Moderator: Valerie Tiberius, Philosophy


Colin DeYoung , Psychology

Jan Estep, Art

Angus MacDonald , Psychology

Thursday, October 11

Wilson Library, Collaboration Studio


10:00am – 12:00pm

Session 5
Big Data and the Future of Social Research
Will the production of “Big Data” lead to major scientific advances in the study of social, economic, political and other facets of the human experience? Will big data help quantify uncertainty in social science research? How does “Big Tech” fit in this vision?

Moderator: Nathaniel Helwig, Statistics


Nita Krevans, Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Steven Ruggles, History

Melissa Sellew, Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Eric Shook, Geography, Environment & Society


12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (hosted box lunches)
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Session 6
The Visibility of Gender, New Designs of Invisibilities
This session would include several ten-minute presentations. It will address the centrality of gender, aesthetically and politically, in the design of new knowledges in the academy and in the communities. We are proposing to discuss the visibility of gender as well as the battles of vision that challenge dominant understandings of gender.

Moderator: Amy Kaminsky, Gender, Women & Sexuallity Studies


Aren Aizura, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Misrecognition, Unrecognition: Transgender's Challenge to Feminist Studies


Njeri Githire, African American & African Studies

Feminism in Africa; Feminism and Africa in the age of Gender Diversity


Laurie Ouellette, Communication Studies and Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature 

Represent Yourself? Gender and the Contradictions of Media Visibility


EdénTorres, Chicano & Latino Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Discovering a Song among Notes Not on the Page: Making Gender Visible


Mary Vavrus, Communication Studies

Illuminating Gender Constructions in War Media

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Session 7
Digital Humanities and the Future of Liberal Arts
A survey of some of the most exciting applications of digitization in our college along with a discussion of the potential of digital humanities for advancing and enriching our understanding of the human condition.

Moderator: Jane Blocker, Art History



Kevin Murphy, History 

Saengmany Ratsabout, Immigration History Research Center

Diane Willow, Art and Gender Women & Sexuality Studies


West Bank Arts Quarter, Barker Center for Dance

5:30pm – 6:30pm VIP Arts Quarter Festival Pre-Reception
Mingle with colleagues prior to the start of the faculty performances at the Arts Quarter Festival. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. 
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Session 8
Arts Quarter Festival: Faculty Performances

An evening showcasing original art and performance works created by faculty artists across the University’s West Bank Arts Quarter.

This event will have outdoor components.  



The Backyard Phenology's Climate Chaser Mobile Lab will broadcast stories of a changing climate and Baeumler and her collaborative team will also project maps of the Dakota Oyate, the ancestral land of the Ocheti Sakowin and sacred land of the Dakota People as a means to acknowledge that the University of Minnesota is on Dakota homeland.
Carl Flink, Dance and Lynn Lukkas, Art
Shaping Sound: An interdisciplinary performance of voice, movement and projection by media artist Lynn Lukkas, vocal artist Peter Frenz and choreographer Carl Flink in collaboration with dance students and singers from the Twin Cities Shape Note singing community.
“The Role of Creativity and Design in the 21st Century.” 
Talvin Wilks, Theater
GHOST//LIGHT: A Ritual Meditation of Bodies//Space//Time
For the CLA 150th Anniversary Arts Quarter Festival Celebration, BA Theatre Arts students in collaboration with Professor Talvin Wilks are devising a ritual meditation on the idea of Bodies//Space//Time. As a response to the theme, Time Past, Time Present, Time Future, students have been searching through the department archives looking for fragments of inspiration, outrage, radicalism, artistry, and history. The ritual meditation, performed as a pageant parade, is filled with ghosts, voices of students, remnants of artifacts and dreams of the many who have lived in the space and created work in the space… This up to the moment exploration, “the space in which making the things we imagine is activism,” is a reaffirmation that this space (Rarig) is a brave space and a safe space. Through movement, spoken word, soundscape and light installation, these elements converge to tell the story of who we were and who we long to be…
Performance by VC Jazz Trio


Friday, October 12

McNamara Alumni Center

10:00am – 12:00pm

Session 9
Memory, Human Rights, and Post Coloniality
This session, organized as a round-table with brief presentations and time for discussion, will address some of the challenges posed to human rights from the perspective of postcoloniality and vice versa (that is, the challenges to post-colonial perspectives in light of critical human rights issues). This session will specifically explore several themes, including the construction of memory in relation to human rights struggles, the art and practice of human rights, and post-colonial imagination, especially as these subjects intersect with ideas regarding race, indigeneity, gender, and sexuality in the context of globalization.

Moderator: Barbara Frey, Global Studies



Ana Paula Ferreira, Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Literature, Memory and the Work of Mourning in Post-conflict Angola

Rachmi Diyah Larasati, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

The Rethinking of Remembering: Who Lays Claim to Speech in the Wake of Catastrophe?

 Patrick McNamara, History

Fragmented Memories: Trauma, Survival and Historical Dissociation

12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch (hosted box lunches)
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Session 10
Space, Land, and Environmental Humanities
How over the course of the last 150 years has the study of space, land, and environment changed? This session will explore twenty-first-century environmental humanities perspectives regarding human interactions with the places we inhabit, environmental justice questions, and relationships between the local and global.

Moderator: Charlotte Melin, German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch


Christine Marran, Asian Languages and Literature

Hiromi Mizuno, History

Dan Philippon, English

Kate Derickson, Geography, Environment & Society

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Session 11 (Closing)
Looking Forward: CLA in 2068
What is the current state of the liberal arts in the modern research university? What challenges does the CLA face in the next ten years? How could liberal arts be conceived and studied fifty years from now?

Moderator: Alan Love , Philosophy


Timothy Brennan, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature and English

Kathryn Grace,  Geography Environment & Society

Catherine Squires, Communication Studies

Planning Committee

John Freeman, Political Science
Ana Forcinito, Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Joanie Smith, Theatre Arts & Dance

Timothy Brennan, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
Bianet Castellanos, American Studies
Kate Derickson, Geography, Environment & Society
Sumanth Gopinath, Music
Michal Kobialka, Theatre Arts & Dance
Chris Larson, Art
Erika Lee, History
Matt McGue, Psychology
Gary Oehlert, Statistics