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LAS Impact Week

Celebrate the amazing impact of people in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences!

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is unlike any other. Join us virtually Oct. 26-30 as we celebrate the power of LAS innovation and all of the members of our community.

Monday, October 26

LAS Innovation

Learn about life-changing research conducted through the College of LAS.

Events & activities:

  • Preparing Students for a Diverse World: LAS’ Role in Increasing Cultural Competence
    12:00 p.m. | Register
  • “Unruly Cinema: History, Politics, and Bollywood,” a Book Launch with Rini Bhattacharya Mehta
    12:00 p.m. | Register
  • Medicalizing Blackness: Lessons from the 18th Century American Atlantic
    1:30 p.m. | Register
  • From Research to Outreach: A Comprehensive Approach to Fighting COVID-19
    3:30 p.m. | 
  • COVID-19, Climate Change, and Health
  • Safer Illinois: A Transatlantic Conversation on Privacy and Technology During an Epidemic 
  • Building a Global Institute: A Brief History of IGI

Tuesday, October 27

LAS Humanities

Connect with the humanities and see how they are making a difference.

Events & activities:

  • The Human Factor: Providing Cultural, Linguistic and Historical Context to Modern Debates
    10:00 a.m. | 
  • The Removal of Monuments in Social Movements
    12:00 p.m. | 
  • Writer’s Workshop for Alumni: Writing Effective Cover Letters
    3:00 p.m. | 
  • Alumni and student networking event with the Humanities Professional Resource Center
    5:00 p.m. | Register
  • A Virtual Panel Discussion: Unorthodox
  • Center for African Studies 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • When States Come Out: Transnational Movements & the Diffusion of LGBTI Rights in Europe

Wednesday, October 28

LAS students

Engage with the 2020 student experience.

Events & activities:

  • Student Experiential Learning Through Service & Public Engagement
    10:00 a.m. | 
  • LAS Student Researchers: Lunchtime Lightning Talks
    12:00 p.m. | 
  • Greece and Me: A Conversation with George Reveliotis
    5:00 p.m. | Register
  • LAS Student Panel – Learn about today’s college experience from LAS students
    5:00 p.m. | 
  • 2020 Virtual Scholarship Celebration

Thursday, October 29

LAS Alumni

Celebrate our alumni.


  • Homecoming: An Illinois Tradition
    12:00 p.m. | 
  • 2020 Virtual Alumni Awards
    5 p.m. | Register 
  • The Great Unconformity and Tales from Arizona Field Trips: A Virtual Fireside Chat with Professor Steve Marshak
    6:30 p.m. | Register 

Friday, October 30

Uniquely LAS

Revisit LAS’ interesting places and programs.


  • Poetry reading and discussion with Ninth Letter
    12:00 p.m. | Register
  • Spurlock Museum Exhibit Opening: Debates, Decisions, Demands – Objects of Campaigns and Activism
    2:00 p.m. | Register
  • Altgeld Chimes Centennial Concert
    3:00 p.m. | Stream live
  • Celebrating a Campus Landmark: The History and Impact of Altgeld Hall
    3:30 p.m. | Register
  • LAS on Tap: Astronomy
    5:00 p.m. | Register
  • Virtual Chemistry Magic Show
  • Hong Kong Identity and Migration Past, Present, and Future