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College of Liberal Arts News

The College of Liberal Arts offers students a well-rounded education in the humanities and social sciences, and provides students with a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

Current Liberal Arts News

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People | October 21, 2020

Achievement in Service Award winner Michael Green is UNLV's resident expert in all things Silver State.

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People | October 16, 2020

Graduate College Alumna of the Year's time at UNLV left her with an appreciation for parsing differing, and often contradictory, viewpoints en route to becoming a champion for animals.

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Research | October 15, 2020

UNLV research team explores the population and politics of 13 swing states, pushing beyond the old blue state-red state model and painting a new picture where changing suburbs influence outcomes.

UNLV professor Michael Green
Business and Community | October 12, 2020

Snail mail ballots have a long history of success, says UNLV historian Michael Green, so why all the controversy?

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Campus News | October 9, 2020

Diversity, safety, and success become the foundation for UNLV.

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People | October 9, 2020

Sociology bachelor's has been foundational for College of Liberal Arts alumna of the year's ascent to heights of corporate leadership.

Liberal Arts In The News

October 23, 2020

The home where pioneering LGBTQ and civil rights activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin lived for more than five decades may become a local historic landmark, as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has taken the first step towards giving it that designation. The two women may be best known as the first same-sex couple to marry legally in San Francisco, but the legacy of these mothers of our movement is bigger than that.

Bucks County Courier Times
October 22, 2020

2016 might feel like the distant past. Yet, Pennsylvania voters are little changed in their party registrations from four years ago, records show.

USA Today
October 21, 2020

In 2016, nearly all major metropolitan areas voted for Hillary Clinton, including the counties that generate nearly two-thirds of the U.S. economy. In 2018, voters in the nation’s big blue metros returned Democrats to the majority in the House and drove the party’s senate pick-ups in Arizona and Nevada. They also secured gubernatorial victories in several other states. Suburbs in particular played an outsized role in the blue shift.

October 21, 2020

Race does play a role in health care.

Voice of America
October 21, 2020

Should Americans trust polling data showing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump ahead of the November 3 election? VOA's Elizabeth Lee takes a look.

October 21, 2020

For voters, the biggest box to check off this election will be for former Vice President Joe Biden or President Donald Trump, but how do third-party candidates fare in a two-party system?  

Liberal Arts Experts

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Recent Liberal Arts Accomplishments

October 22, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) wrote an op-ed titled "Blue Payback? Major Metropolitan Areas in Red States Could Swing the Senate to Democrat" for USA Today. Based upon their recently published book, Blue Metros, Red States, the...
October 22, 2020
Cheryl Abbate (Philosophy) presented an invited virtual talk, "Free Roaming Cats and Feline Wellbeing," at Seton Hall University. The talk, which focused on the morality of letting domestic cats roam outdoors, was co-sponsored by Seton Hall's Philosophy Club and The Veggie Society. 
October 21, 2020
Doris Morgan Rueda (History) is included in an online multimedia art project, "Without Borders, Sin Fronteras," curated by Veronica Aranda and Eduardo Parra. This virtual exhibit explores issues of immigration and migration and celebrates cross-cultural immigration experiences through poetry, film, music, and visual art. She is a doctoral...
October 20, 2020
John Curry (History) presented a paper at the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association, which was held virtually this year. His paper, "The Extraordinary Life of Mezemorta Huseyin Pasha: Corsair, Captive, Dey and Admiral," sought to explain how marginal figures engaged in piracy in the early modern Mediterranean could sometimes...
October 20, 2020
Alejandra Herrera (History) won the Western History Association Graduate Student Prize. The prize is designed to foster graduate student professional development and to enhance collegial citizenship within the organization. Herrera will use the research stipend to conduct research on the history Nevada, once it is safe to travel in spring 2021....
October 19, 2020
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published the co-authored article "Measuring ‘Closeness’ in 3-Candidate Elections: Methodology and an Application to Strategic Voting" in Electoral Studies. The article discusses three axioms in measuring strategic voting, suggests a set of new measurements, and examines the measures through the case of the...