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Portrait of Muneer Karcher-Ramos

We Are Liberal Arts: Muneer Karcher-Ramos

Muneer Karcher-Ramos (BA '08, political science and sociology) thought he’d become a lawyer, but his liberal arts education led him to think about what the greater good is and what it takes to create it. Now as the director of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, he uses education and family stability as tools to end multigenerational poverty, to bring in people who are typically left out of the conversation, so they can be part of it.
An illustration of two opposing colored faces meeting in the middle

Open for Discussion

Symantha Clough (BA ’18, history and political science) believes that in order to discuss politics, you have to be able to listen. Cloughs talks about her time as part of the Minnesota Bipartisan Issues Group (BIG) and what it taught her about civil conversation.
Nancy Kelly parting the curtains on a theatrical stage, facing an audience of empty seats

Third Act

McKnight Endowed Presidential Chair in Sociology Phyllis Moen is featured in this story about her program, the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative. UMAC is designed as something of a “gap year” for a large group of Americans now entering a new life stage.
The Provost and four of the Regents gather in the Regents board room in front of the University seal.

On Purpose: Portrait of University Governance

As the University of Minnesota’s chief academic officer, the executive vice president and provost oversees the colleges and schools—including faculty hiring and development, collaborative curricular planning, and the recruitment and education of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students—as well as overseeing international programs, academic support, and public outreach and engagement.
Photo of Francisco Rosales, Ikal Avila, Ramona A. de Rosales, Reina-Xareni Spears, Jimmy Patiño, and Emilio Aviña

On Purpose: Portrait of Chicano & Latino Studies

The objectives of the program…are (1) To provide, within the higher education system, an academic focal point of identification for the Chicanos and their way of life, (2) To provide needed course sequences for Chicano students, (3) To provide opportunities for non-Chicano students to learn about the cultural and historical heritage of Chicanos, (4) to provide a base for inquiry into various aspects of Chicano life and culture, and (5) To provide a base of further institutional provision for the community.
Photo of Dinghui Liu, Sabrina Keefe, Mohamud Abdi, and Haley Bennett

On Purpose: Portrait of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature

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.
Erika Lee in Gallery

On Purpose: Portrait of History

Trying to make sense of the country’s latest debate over immigration is Erika Lee, a professor in the Department of History and the Asian American Studies Program, a Regents Professor and director of the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC). A faculty member since 1998, Lee has been working to connect US immigration history to contemporary conflicts over immigration and race erupting across the country and worldwide.