Photo of Adriana Zabala taken during an interview

The Inventing Mezzo

Associate professor and mezzo soprano Adriana Zabala has become widely known for her work creating new roles in opera. As she prepared for the international premiere of Dinner at Eight at the Minnesota Opera on March 11, we sat down with her to hear about how the joys of collaborating on new work inspires her teaching of voice students in the School of Music.
Jump start your weekend with stimulating conversation about big ideas with CLA faculty at A Brighter U

Join Us for A Brighter U 2017

Join fellow College of Liberal Arts alumni for a sampler program of some of the most intriguing and relevant ideas currently being explored in our college. A Brighter U will feature a lunch presentation from School of Music faculty; an afternoon of faculty-guided, interactive sessions; and a social reception hosted by the CLA Alumni Society. Experience, once again, the thrill of learning at CLA and the stimulation of engaging with faculty and each other.
Students wearing protective clothing working with melted iron in the foundry

Metal Casting Students Take Part in Annual Iron Pour

On Friday, the University of Minnesota art department hosted its 30th Annual Thanksgiving Iron Pour at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. The event allowed students to exhibit the skills they learned in their metal casting classes. “For students, it teaches them the value of their community,” said Tamsie Ringler, assistant professor of sculpture and leader of the pour. “It helps people learn collaboration and how to make their art better."
Betsy McCann leads the U of M Marching Band at a performance for new students in Mariucci Arena

For University of Minnesota Marching Band Director, a Historic 'Surprise'

Nearly half a century after the University of Minnesota Marching Band begrudgingly welcomed its first female percussionist, a woman is running the show. Betsy McCann is the first female marching and athletic bands director in the University band’s 125-year history — and the first woman to lead a marching band in the Big Ten Conference.
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Identity & Exchange

Dance major Leila Awadallah's twin passions—dance and her Palestinian-American identity—have fueled her choreographic and intellectual explorations... and brought her national exposure at the American College Dance Association's national festival.
Photo of a professor blowing fire at a theatre show

Science on Stage

Explosions. Fire. Flashes of Light. Theatre meets science with “Energy & U,” an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and the College of Science & Engineering to excite elementary students about a future career in the sciences.