Lenses of the Liberal Arts

Exploring human issues through different perspectives

The College of Liberal Arts studies the cultural, social, environmental, and historical context in which we live, and examines what it means to be human. By the nature of our disciplines – visual and performing arts, humanities, and social sciences - and the role we play in the education of nearly every CSU undergraduate, we have a special duty to promote informed conversations about difficult issues, while demonstrating leadership in support for our community.

To this end, the departments and units in CLA are collaborating on a series of programs, workshops, and lectures that advance themes of diversity, inclusion, and free speech. These concepts and their interrelationships will be explored through a variety of lenses in the liberal arts. We are united in our commitment to demonstrate and enable understanding and engaged dialogue.

2017-2018 Thematic Year

Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech

Fall 2017 Events


Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition and Visiting Artist Lecture

Sept. 20, 2017. 5–6 p.m. Organ Recital Hall, University Center for the Arts. 

20th bienniel CIIPE is the only exhibitition of its kind in North American featuring the world's top poster artists and designers.

Picturing Human Rights Panel 

Sept. 21, 2017. 6:30 p.m. Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.

Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding, CIIPE Honor Laureates best known for their poster designs promoting social causes, speak on how the visual arts can bring attention to human rights.

Tom Stoppard, Human Rights, and Freedom of Expression

Sept. 21, 2017. 6:30 p.m. Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts.

Erik Prince and Wes Kenny speak at pre-performance lecture before CSU Theatre and University Symphony Orchestra performance of Every Good Boy Deserves Favor.

Journalism, Politics, and Changing Times

Sept. 25, 2017. 4 p.m. Clark A-207. 

Lou Cannon, former White House Correspondent for the Washington Post, and Ronald Reagan biographer, speaks on the changing climate for journalists.

Symbols and History of Lynching in America

Sept. 27, 2017. 5:30–7 p.m. LSC Theatre. 

Presentation and discussion about the legacy of lynching in the United States. Includes showing of AN OUTRAGE documentary.

Civic Engagement and Governance in a Polarized Society

Sept. 28, 2017. 6:30 p.m. Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center.

As a kick-off for Great Conversations, Dean Ben Withers moderates a discussion-in-the-round with prominent leaders and CSU alumni.



Creative Writing Reading Series: Nina Swamidos-McConigley

Public reading Oct. 12, 2017. 7:30–9 p.m. Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.

Community-Author Q&A. Oct. 13, 2017. Noon. Morgan Library Event Hall.

Nina Swamidoss McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which won a 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, and others.

ONEBEAT Mini-Music Festival

Oct. 16–22, 2017. Dates, times, and venues vary for each event.

Experience global inclusiveness through share experience in the arts. Events include an interactive music installation, live score to film event, and rapid music creation workshop and performance.

Who I am – a story of impact

Oct. 18, 2017. 6–8:30 p.m. Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center Event Hall.

Presentation and film showcasing the life-changing work of CSU's first generation students as they mentor immigrant and refugee high school students in Fort Morgan.


J-Day: "Free Speech, Free Press, Free People"

Oct. 19, 2017. 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lory Student Center.

The Colorado Student Media Association brings approximately 1,500 high school students and media advisers to CSU for the annual Journalism Day event.

Patsy Boyer Lecture: "Positive Philosophy and Politics"

Oct. 26, 2017. 4–6 p.m. Lory Student Center, Long's Peak Room.

Dr. Cori Wong addresses the question, "Can learning to be not right feel good?" in the 2017 Boyer Lecture and Reception.


Oct. 30, 2017. 9 a.m. Morgan Library Events Center / LSC Plaza.

In this cross-disciplinary event, Chalk and Talk brings together art students  and composition students to address the meaning and value of academic freedom on college campuses.


Photography as Response

Event details TBD.

Panel discussion covering issues raised in the exhibit including war, institutionalized racism, addition, inequality, LGBTQ rights, sexism, climage change, ocean pollution, etc.

Spring 2018 Events

Coming soon.