February 2009 Archives

The Deinard Chair: a gift of community

Speaking of Language

If culture is the prism through which we view the world, language is our attempt to order that world and give it meaning. At the U of M, nearly 40 language options provide a wealth of cultural opportunity.
by Judy Woodward

Glittery Digitry

Ahhh, the good old days.
by Mary Shafer

Leo's Legacy

Mechanism Design
Decades ago, the late U of M economist Leo Hurwicz developed an abstract theory called "mechanism design." Just months before his death in June, he was honored with a Nobel Prize for the theory, which now shapes solutions to some of the world's most mind-boggling problems. But what on earth is it?
By Douglas Clement

Dear Mr. President

If you had five minutes alone with president-elect Barack Obama, what would you tell him? Our experts have their say.
by Danny Lachance

Itsy-Bitsies & Spiders

Dissecting Health News

Can you trust the news media to tell you what you need to know about your health? Not so much, says Gary Schwitzer, an associate professor of journalism and mass communication who reviewed 500 health news stories that ran in 50 major U.S. media outlets over 22 months.

Faculty

Cool Courses

From acting to urban studies--and everything in between--CLA's dazzling menu of course offerings gives students a chance to sample or specialize in nearly any field. Here's a look at some new courses, intriguing seminars, and an exciting new major offered this fall.

New CLA Dean Jim Parente

“Visionary leader and strategic thinker"

Voting: The Body's Politics

When it comes to voting, the laws of attraction aren't as rational as we think.

On fulfilling the promise of the liberal arts

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