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Liberal Arts Mini Conference


Thursday, March 11, 2021



Lisa Muñoz, Associate Professor of Sociology
Liberal Arts Mini Conference

"The value of an education in liberal arts is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned in textbooks." — Albert Einstein

Join us for the 2nd annual Liberal Arts Conference held virtually this year! Listen to presentations from Hawkeye students, staff, faculty, and alumni as they demonstrate how an education in Liberal Arts created a pathway to success, enabling them to gain employment and make substantial contributions to their community.

Conference Schedule


Opening Session: Liberal Arts and Beyond

Welcome: Lisa Muñoz, Associate Professor of Sociology and Catharine Freeman, Dean of Liberal and Applied Arts and Human Services

Keynote Address by Hawkeye alumna, Elizabeth Herrera: Join us for the Keynote address by Hawkeye alumna (2014), Elizabeth Herrera, MSW and Loan Officer at Veridian Credit Union; followed by a panel discussion with additional recent Hawkeye graduates. Hear from them about how Liberal Arts at Hawkeye provided a foundation for their personal and professional goals.

Panel Presentation with Recent Alumni: Jacob Duffield, Stephanie Leon, Carrsan Morrissey, and Dylan Pieper; Facilitated by Dr. Robert Steed, Humanities Professor

Watch the Recording


Student/Staff/Faculty Creative Works

See what is being done in the visual and performing arts, as well as creative writing. Talk back with performers/presenters included.

Facilitated by Dr. Marcea Seible, Ryan Courtney, and Aaron Narigon

Performers and presenters:

  • Lindsay Buehler, Arts and Cultures Coordinator and Jennifer Bates, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, “Great Firewall”
  • Haleigh Morgan, Current Student, “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye
  • Madison Stanford, Current Student, “Know Who You Are” by Joseph Arnone
  • Kim Behm, Professor Emeritus, “Nine Muse Frieze”
  • Clayton Brecht, Current Student, “Rap Stars Cypher” by Clay B. Studios
  • Leah Kaufman, Current Student, “The Unexpected Gift”

Liberal Arts In and Out of the Classroom

Facilitated by Lisa Muñoz and Kassie Einfelt


  • Michaela Rich, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • John (Drew) McRae, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Kassie Einfelt, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Chelsea Lema, Current Student and Americorps Vista Student Emergency Resource
  • Molly Niewoehner, Current Student
  • Lisa Muñoz with Tessa Michaelson and Haleigh Morgan, Current Students in Women’s Studies
  • Laura Sohl-Cryer, Adjunct Instructor, Communication
  • Jakob Westpfahl, Adjunct Instructor, Communication

Q&A with Filmmaker, Robin McKenna of Gift

During this session participants will be able to hear directly from the filmmaker, Robin McKenna, with time for Q&A.

Hawkeye staff and employees can stream the film Gift March 4–17.

Facilitated by Lindsay Buehler, Arts and Cultures Coordinator

Hawkeye Reads Reveal! The event will conclude with a reveal of the 2021–2022 Hawkeye Reads selection from the Hawkeye Reads committee.

Event Committee

  • Lisa Muñoz, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Lindsay Buehler, Arts and Cultures Coordinator
  • Kassie Einfelt, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Marcea Seible, Professor of Developmental Writing
  • Ryan Courtney, Communication Instructor
  • Dr. Robert Steed, Professor of Humanities
  • Aaron Narigon, Assistant Professor of Communication

Additional Support Provided By:

  • Catharine Freeman, Dean of Liberal and Applied Arts and Human Services
  • Krystal Grady, Webmaster
  • Jason Staker, Marketing
  • Good Docs


  1. arts and culture
  2. faculty and staff
  3. liberal arts
  4. liberal arts transfer
  5. students
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