CLA Virtual Town Hall Recap - Lessons from the Pandemic

At the third chapter in our series of virtual town halls, participants heard from CLA Dean John Coleman along with college leadership and CLA alumni and students on a variety of topics and updates including: 

  • Lessons from the Pandemic
  • Curricular Innovations and Student Reflections
  • The Future of Work


About the Speakers

John Coleman is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a professor of political science. Since arriving at CLA in 2014 he has focused his efforts in four key areas: ensuring that CLA alumni are the most desirable graduates available; relentlessly promoting and rewarding research and creative excellence; advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion of faculty, staff, and students; and deepening a culture of engagement with alumni, the community, and the state. A nationally recognized scholar, he is the author or editor of seven books on American politics and government and numerous articles in edited volumes and major journals. His research interests include political parties, elections and voting, legislative-executive relations, divided government, campaign finance, and the intersection of politics and economics.

Phyllis Moen is a McKnight Presidential Chair, professor of sociology, and director of the Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota. Professor Moen is also part of the Work, Family and Health Network, an interdisciplinary group of scholars established by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to examine the effects of working conditions on the health of women and men of all ages.Professor Moen is the author of numerous articles and books including, most recently, Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What We Can Do about It (2021).

Brian Tregilgas graduated from CLA in December 2020 with a degree in International/Global Studies. As a student, Brian received a Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship to participate in a summer-long internship with Cargill, which he parlayed into a full-time position this winter. Brian currently works for Cargill as a Food Ingredient Sales Associate. 

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