CLA Discoveries

CLA faculty and students are constantly creating and discovering.

Photo of Nooshin Hakim Javadi

Nooshin Hakim Javadi Takes Flight

MFA candidate Nooshin Hakim Javadi is just finishing her degree, but she is already getting international attention and accolades. This summer she is a Jerome Foundation Fellow at the Franconia Sculpture Park, and just received the prestigious Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center.
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, Paula 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.