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.

Spring 2018 Events


Destructivism and Hollywood’s First Archive

Feb. 7, 2018. 7 p.m. Lory Student Center Theater. 

Dr. Chon Noriega's lecture will consider how three things came together in the first part of the 20th century: cinema as the first mass art form defining our public culture, new ideas about the home as a private electronic space, and a new kind of art that moved away from traditional medium-based art forms like painting and sculpture.


Environment & Conflict in Latin America, Symposium and Film Series

Feb. 27 – March 2, 2018

Film Series Feb. 27, Feb. 28, and March 1.

Symposium March 2 in the Lory Student Center 1:15 – 6 p.m.

This symposium brings together academics, activists, and students to discuss the interrelated variables and aspects of environmental conflict in Latin America and their cultural representation. 

MIX - Multicultural Intersectional Inclusivity Exchange

March 29, 2018. 5 – 7:30 p.m. Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.

The event is meant to be a convergence point for all people, and minority groups in particular, to foster support, and to learn about each other’s struggles, beauty, and uniqueness, as well as for allies to learn how to support and empower them. Event includes an expert panel and time to view the museum's collections. RSVP requested.  


Copyrights and Copyfights: Intellectual Property and Ethics in Digital Spaces

April 2, 2018. 11 a.m. – noon. Morgan Library Event Hall.

In our personal, public, and professional lives, we are always already implicated in issues of intellectual property.  From copyrights held on the texts we read and teach with, to the digital rights management in place on the digital tools we use, to the institutional practices and policies that live underneath our work, we live and work in a culture of intellectual property.

A Reading by Ross Gay

April 26, 2018. 7:30 p.m. Cherokee Ballroom, Lory Student Center.

Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is a co-founding editor of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin’ in addition to being an editor with two chapbook presses. Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. A recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, Ross Gay teaches at Indiana University.

ACT Human Rights Film Festival

April 5–14, 2018.

The third annual ACT Human Rights Film Festival will showcases the best in award-winning, evocative, and unforgettable cinematic storytelling about issues from around the world.