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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.

Immigration, education and cultural diversity in Latin America
(Modern Languages and Literatures, Political Science)

Hidden diversity: an evolutionary history of humans and their diseases
(Biological Sciences, Psychology)

Cadillac consumer: race, brand, and neoliberal culture
(Communication and Journalism; Political Science; English – American Studies;

Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice;
(Women and Gender Studies)

A unification of diversity within the arts: structural unity within diversity in the performing arts
(Music, Theatre and Dance; College of Arts and Sciences)

Comparative Americas
(English – American Studies, Communication and Journalism, College of Arts and Sciences)

Mining metagenomes for new branches on the tree of life
(Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences)

Pan music: outlawed traditions to global art form
(Music, Theatre and Dance; College of Arts and Sciences)

Themes of transformation: “Dear music, if it hadn’t been for you…”
(Department of Music, Theatre and Dance; College of Arts and Sciences)

Accommodating multicultural/multilingual children in southeast Michigan schools
(Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences)

Yé Krik, Yé Krak! Celebrating our diversity: stories and fairy tales from many nations
(Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences)

World Music Concert with Ray Holman
(Music, Theatre & Dance, College of Arts and Sciences)

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)