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.
image of 2 dancers lunging

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.
Photo of alumni Mary Shabatura

Owning the Spotlight

Mary Shabatura is a graduate of 2014 who is lighting up stages across the Twin Cities--literally. Since graduation, Mary has been working on multiple projects as freelance lighting designer. “From lamps to general stage lighting, the lighting emphasizes the time, place, and mood of the story being told on stage.”
Photo of student Zachary Swenson building a sand mold to be used at the iron pour

Baptism by Fire and Disco

Pouring molten iron and jamming out to disco music aren’t two activities that usually go together. This Friday, noon to 4:00pm, the Regis Center’s foundry will hold one of its annual iron pours, where students, professors and visiting artists will work together to melt down and pour molten iron for projects they’ve been working on.
Theater students preparing for Valleyscare.

From the Classroom to the Stage

BA students in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance create their own shows twice a semester through the Creative Collaboration program. From performing in a haunted maze at ValleyFair amusement park to creating an original show to perform in the Rarig Center, no two Creative Collaboration projects are ever quite the same.