The Power of Arts & Sciences

December 14–18, 2020

A week of virtual events celebrating creativity, connection, and community with our alumni and friends

Hosted by Arts & Sciences Advancement, this series aims to highlight the impact of Arts & Sciences among our worldwide network of supporters. All events are free and open to the public. 

This has been a year of unprecedented change, challenges, and disruptions. Through it all, our school has remained a home for the liberal arts, pushing the boundaries of scholarly inquiry and creating new knowledge to help improve our society. I can think of no better time to celebrate the Power of Arts & Sciences. 

I invite all members of our community — our alumni and supporters as well as our students, faculty, and staff — to this virtual series celebrating creativity, connection, and community. Throughout the week, we’ll explore the many ways the liberal arts shape lives and positively impact our world. I look forward to celebrating the Power of Arts & Sciences with you.

 Feng Sheng Hu, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences

The Power of a Liberal Arts Education

Monday, December 14

Student Journalism in the Age of Disinformation

Featuring student writers in conversation with Laura Meckler, AB ’90, staff reporter for the Washington Post | 3:00 p.m. CST 

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The Power of Discovering

Tuesday, December 15

Science and Society Amid a Pandemic

Featuring five Arts & Sciences faculty members working on issues related to COVID-19 | 2:00 p.m. CST

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The Power of Knowledge

Wednesday, December 16

International Alumni Town Hall

Featuring Feng Sheng Hu, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences | 7:00 a.m. CST

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Fireside Chat with Susannah Cahalan, AB ’07

Featuring Susannah Cahalan, New York Times-bestselling author of Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness | 12:00 p.m. CST

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The Power to Change a Life

Thursday, December 17

Planning an Act of Kindness

An interactive discussion about how to make the impact you desire through tax wise charitable giving | 10:00 a.m. CST

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Being First: What it Means to be the First in your Family to Earn a College Degree

Featuring first-generation students, faculty, and administrators, including Provost Beverly Wendland | 1:00 p.m. CST

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The Power of Creativity

Friday, December 18

Premiere of "Aperture"

Featuring new works by resident choreographers performed by student dancers in the Performing Arts Department, along with interviews by film producer Adrienne Becker, AB ’91 | 7:00 p.m. 

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