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Community Engagement

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences works to facilitate collaboration between the College and the local, regional/state, national and global communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources. These relationships take many forms with some of the most successful examples involving educational programming, internships and collaborations with community colleges.


CLAS Acts | College Roadshow | How Are You Creative? | Mini College


This series of presentations takes College of Liberal Arts & Sciences research off campus and into the community. Rather than a standard lecture format, presentations are interactive and often hands-on. Formats include panel discussions, Q&A sessions, multimedia presentations and creative activities.

2011-12 presentations

  • Banish the Blues, Dr. Steve Ilardi (psychology)
  • Town Ball, Dr. Jonathan Earle (history)
  • Key Issues in the 2012 Legislative Session, Dr. Charles Jones (public administration) and Dr. Mike Lynch (political science)

College Roadshow

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences may be coming to a city near you! It's your opportunity to learn what's new and exciting at your alma mater without having to make a trip back to Lawrence. This annual series features networking receptions with fellow Jayhawks and special presentations from professors in the College, who are eager to talk with alumni about their groundbreaking research. We welcome all KU alumni to attend.

2012-13 cities

  • Houston, Sept. 24
  • Chicago, Oct. 4
  • Phoenix, mini-Mini College, Jan. 31-Feb. 2
  • San Francisco, spring, details TBD
  • Denver, spring, details TBD

How Are You Creative?

Per capita, Kansas leads the nation in artistic expression. To help encourage and preserve our state's artistic heritage, the College's School of the Arts established this program. At our website, we encourage all Kansans to share their story, learn about others' artistic endeavors and find inspiration. Visit the How Are You Creative? website for more information.


Mini College

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences established Mini College in 2009. Known as a “summer camp for adults,” Mini College is a weeklong program at the Lawrence campus in which alumni and non-alumni alike enroll in a variety of classes taught by KU faculty. Dozens of course offerings are available in each summer's schedule. The class options are as varied as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences itself. Our faculty offer classes in the arts, natural sciences, mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. We often partner with other campus schools and organizations, including the School of Business, the Natural History Museum, the Spencer Museum of Art and The Commons.

Visit the Mini College website for more information.



Jessica Beeson
Director of Alumni & Community Engagement

Alumni Calendar
Nov 13
Distinguished Alumni Award Reception
06:30 pm
Jan 30
Winter Mini College
All day
Jan 31
Winter Mini College
All day
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  • KU offers courses in 40 languages
  • Graduates of the College have won Emmys, discovered new species, and been named to Forbes' "most powerful women" lists
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  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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