Homecoming 2014

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Goldy Gopher performing in front of a crowd during a football gameThis year the University of Minnesota celebrates 100 years of homecomings. Homecoming festivities will run October 12 through 19. New for CLA this year is a post-parade party at the Beacon Public House.

Taking inspiration from your inspiration

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CLA Dean John ColemanIn a video message Dean John Coleman talks about what he has learned from talking with CLA alumni and invites you to connect with students in a way that inspires you.

The Road Ahead & Big Questions

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Logo for the Road Ahead and Big QuestionsOn October 22, 2014, CLA's new dean John Coleman will articulate the agenda that will drive the forward momentum of the college in the years ahead.

Following his presentation, Dean Coleman will be joined by State Senator Scott Dibble, MinnPost CEO and Editor Joel Kramer, Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May (American studies), and Professor John Wright (African American & African studies and English) to tackle Big Questions.

They'll kick off this new series asking, "Are we really more polarized as a society or does it just seem that way?"

This is a free event.

To attend, please register: http://cla.umn.edu/theroadaheadrsvp/

We are liberal arts

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Liberal arts alumni contribute in many sectors of the economy: small business, education, large corporations, and nonprofits. The CLA LinkedIn group is up to 6,400 members. We'd like to introduce you to four of them.

Join the CLA Alumni Society Board

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Group photo of College of Liberal Arts Society Board membersThe CLA Alumni Society Board plans creative activities and provides meaningful volunteer opportunities that support CLA's mission. If you are interested in joining the fun, please fill out our online application.

CLA event highlights

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thinking making living
Sep. 2 - Dec 13
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, West Bank

Students and visiting artists will work together to perform perform an aesthetic, athletic, pyrotechnic event, pouring molten iron into sand molds to make cast iron sculptures. The Annual Minnesota Iron Pour began in 1970, organized by Professor Wayne Potratz. This will be Potratz's last pour before his retirement in July.

University of Minnesota Entrepreneur/Start-Up Alumni Network Kickoff
Sep. 10, 7:45 to 9:00am
Carlson School Atrium, Carlson School of Management

Students and visiting artists will work together to perform perform an aesthetic, athletic, pyrotechnic event, pouring molten iron into sand molds to make cast iron sculptures. The Annual Minnesota Iron Pour began in 1970, organized by Professor Wayne Potratz. This will be Potratz's last pour before his retirement in July.

CLA & SJMC alumni at 612Brew
Sep. 23, 6:00 - 9:00pm
612Brew, Minneapolis

Join fellow College of Liberal Arts and School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni for an evening of beer, food, and socializing at 612Brew's tap room and patio.

Sihla Lecture: "See No Evil: Why We Need a New Approach to Government Transparency"
Oct. 6, 7:00 to 9:00pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The annual Silha lecture will be given by David A. Schulz, Partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP; Co-Director of the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School; Counsel to The Associated Press, New York Times, Guardian, and other investigative news organizations.

Freier Lecture: “James McBride Discusses The Good Lord Bird
Oct. 8, 7:30 - 9:00pm
Theater, Coffman Memorial Union

James McBride is the author of the National Book Award-winning comic novel The Good Lord Bird and the classic memoir The Color of Water. He's also published the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, the latter made into a film by Spike Lee.

Collage Concert
Oct. 18, 7:30pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall

The annual Collage Concert is a non-stop concert showcase including performances by choral, orchestral, jazz, chamber, world music, and wind ensembles as well as solo performances by faculty and students.

Save the Date for A Brighter U
Feb. 28, 2015
Jump-start your weekend with stimulating conversation around big ideas with CLA faculty. Watch for more information on session topics.

See a list of all upcoming CLA events--performances, lectures, and programs.

Celebrating alumni of notable achievement

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On March 27, 2014, the College honored 15 alumni who have made remarkable contributions or attained significant achievements in their fields. The honorees include entreprenuers, community volunteers, artists, educators, and scholars.

We are liberal arts

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Liberal arts goes hand-in-hand with imaginative thinking and flexibility--traits useful for entrepreneurship. In this issue we are featuring four of our alumni who have gone on become successful entrepreneurs.

Now you can follow us on Twitter

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Follow us on TwitterYour favorite college is now tweeting, and we'd love to have you chirp along. Send us your news.

https://twitter.com/umncla Our hashtag is #umncla.

Gophers across the generations

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Parents pose with their son wearing a cap and gown at CLA's commencement ceremonyThe University of Minnesota Alumni Association's MINNESOTA magazine is looking for families who have at least 3 generations who have attended the U of M - Twin Cities.

Do you know a family like this? Do you belong to a family like this?

Send your information to Erica Giorgi by May 1 for consideration for the fall issue of MINNESOTA.