CLA Discoveries

CLA faculty and students are constantly creating and discovering.

Portrait: Madelon Sprengnether

A Catalyst for Change

Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether is retiring from the Department of English and the Creative Writing program this May, after spending 46 years at the University of Minnesota. She leaves a legacy of strong leadership, activism, and citizenship, having spent over 20 years striving to establish a permanent home for the department.
Professor Mai Na Lee

The Stories Untold

Associate Professor Mai Na Lee is dedicated to preserving Hmong history. In doing so, she works diligently to ensure that its hidden stories are uncovered and shared. Drawing on her personal history as a Hmong refugee, she engages her students in this research and brings together professors from across the world to tell the untold stories of the Hmong diaspora.
Portrait of Paula Cueller against brick wall.

The First to Listen

From living in various countries as a child, to holding political positions in El Salvador, Cuellar has seen it all. After completing three master's programs in the both the United States and in El Salvador, she looks to create change both domestically and abroad.
Singdhansu Chatterjee standing in front of Ford Hall on the east bank campus

An Institute’s Bright Future: Paving the Way for Collaboration and Engagement

Singdhansu Chatterjee, director of the Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications (IRSA), has a bright future in mind for the institute and its involvement in the surrounding community. Grounded in three major applications of data science in nature, society, and theory, the institute plans on hosting various workshops and events to foster collaboration between different fields.
Detail from Professor Julie Schumacher's DOODLING FOR ACADEMICS

Minnesota Prof Deemed Funniest Person in America Debuts Adult Coloring Book

If coloring books are soothing, and if laughter makes a person feel happy, then imagine what a funny coloring book might do. Julie Schumacher, the St. Paul writer who won the Thurber Prize for American Humor two years ago for her wry novel about academia, has now created a wry coloring book about academia. Paired with Chicago illustrator Lauren Nassef, she has produced “Doodling for Academics: A Coloring and Activity Book.”