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CAS Theme

In celebration of the liberal arts, the College of Arts and Sciences features annual themes that provide opportunities for students and faculty to investigate topics of interest from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. Theme events highlight the multiple facets of a single concept through the perspectives of the arts, literature, the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences.

The topic for 2016-17 is “Unity in Diversity.” Plan to attend some of the theme events. Check back for additional events and updates.

  • Comparative Americas, presentation by Professor Jeffrey Insko, Department of English
    Oct. 6, Oakland Center, additional details TBA

  • A Trio of Talks: Structural Unity within Diversity in the Performing Arts, Melissa Hoag, Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
    Oct. 10, 5:30p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Varner Recital Hall

  • Hidden diversity: an evolutionary history of humans and their diseases
    Nov. 4, 11:30 p.m. – 1 p.m., location TBA

  • World Music Concert with Ray Holman
    April 7, 8 p.m., Varner Recital Hall

  • Immigration, Education, and Cultural Diversity in Latin America
    Time and location TBA

  • Cadillac consumer: Race, brand, and neoliberal culture
    Time and location TBA

  • Mining metagenomes for new branches on the tree of life
    Time and location TBA

  • Pan Music: Outlawed Traditions to Global Art Form
    Time and location TBA

  • Themes of Transformation: “Dear Music, If it hadn’t been for you…”
    Time and location TBA

  • Accommodating multicultural/multilingual children in Southeast Michigan schools
    Time and location TBA

  • Yé Krik, Yé Krak!  Celebrating our Diversity:  Stories and Fairy Tales from Many Nations
    Time and location TBA
The 2016-17 CAS theme graphic designed by John McCarthy, assigned by Maria Smith Bohannon, DES 350 (Graphic Design II).

Past themes:

  • Presidential Leadership (2004-2005)
  • Environmental Explorations (2005-2006)
  • Global Citizenship (2006-2007)
  • Cities (2007-2008)
  • Revolution (2008-2009) 
  • Religion and Society (2009-2010) 
  • Frontiers and Borders (2010-2011)
  • Water (2011-2012)
  • Cracking Codes: Literacy Now (2015-16)