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"The Year of the Liberal Arts" marks achievements, programs and events


The 2010-2011 academic year has been named "The Year of the Liberal Arts" to acknowledge the centrality of the liberal arts and celebrate the School’s achievements, new initiatives and expanded programs. A semester-long roster of lectures, film screenings and arts events are building momentum toward the launch of the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (SHAS) in April.

Launch event welcomes "Champion of the Liberal Arts"

The School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences will officially be launched as the University welcomes acclaimed author Azar Nafisi as the keynote speaker for an evening lecture, Q and A and book signing.

She will also be the Bonnie Jean and Joan Kelly Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence April 18-20 and will discuss her life and work with students and faculty.

Transferable skills
“The Year of the Liberal Arts” also marks the significance of a liberal arts education in today's global community.

Often referred to by career counselors and recruiters as “transferable skills,” the liberal arts include a repertoire of critical thinking and communication skills that prepare students to lead and influence effectively and ethically in an increasingly complex global community.

SHAS Dean Alan Silva opened the 2010-2011 academic year with his lecture, “Lessons in the Liberal Arts,” that outlined four key concepts: self-examination, critical inquiry, the value of work and loving what you do.

School achievements and new program
“The Year of the Liberal Arts” also celebrates departmental achievements, new initiatives for student-faculty collaborative research and academic programs, new majors growing out of the merger of the music and theater departments and the expansion of current programs to include more global studies and opportunities for high-achieving students.

“The Year of the Liberal Arts” website has details on “What’s New in SHAS?” and events throughout the spring semester.

Feb. 17, 2011 by Julie Michener

See also: Liberal Arts