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Celebrating the Liberal Arts, now in its 11th year, is a College of Arts and Sciences series established to highlight the ways in which the diversity of the liberal arts can inform a single topic or idea. Previous themes have included Dickens, Presidential Leadership, Environmental Explorations, Global Citizenship, Revolution, Cities, Frontiers & Borders, and Water.  During the 2012-2013 academic year we will explore a wide variety of issues related to the theme Creative & Critical Minds.

“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels.” — Goya


“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” — Albert Camus


"Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it's enough." — Kermit the Frog

A strong argument can be made that the mind’s ability to think both critically and creatively is the foundation for all great human achievements.  Meaningful contributions to human understanding within every discipline depend upon being able to flexibly employ both types of thinking. The understanding of the importance of both types of thinking to furthering knowledge and understanding is reflected in the mandate of College of Arts and Sciences across universities to develop both creative and critical minds in the student population. This mandate exists because of the understanding that these skills transcend disciplines and professions.   These are the skills that make up the life of the mind and for many, it is the reason they chose academia. For the 2012 -2013 CAS theme we invite you to celebrate the life of the mind through events focusing on the theme of “Creative & Critical Minds.”