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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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Research | May 21, 2019

New research unveils the anterior cingulate cortex’s role in memory retrieval and potential implications for dementia treatment.

Michael and Gloria Flores
People | May 20, 2019

Gloria Flores and her son, Michael, share a stage as they both earn degrees on the same day.

Steven Sexton, assistant professor of English
People | May 20, 2019

This assistant professor of English pursued varied academic interests but found his purpose studying the stories of indigenous peoples.

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Campus News | May 18, 2019

Check out the exhibit at Lied Library to see what messages Latinx students have conveyed at commencement in recent years.

NEW Leadership cohort posing for group image on stairway
Business and Community | May 15, 2019

Lauralyn Sandoval, vice president of new markets at Aristocrat Technologies, to address aspiring women leaders at June 6 event.

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People | May 15, 2019

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

Liberal Arts In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
May 24, 2019

If governor Steve Sisolak, D-Nevada, signs assembly bill 186, Nevada would become the 15th state, along with DC, to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

May 24, 2019

For many of us, it’s hard to talk about or even think about our own death or that of a loved one. But a group of people, known as ecological death activists, are suggesting that we think about more environmentally sound approaches to traditional burials.

May 22, 2019

Walk through the lobby of any big resort on the Las Vegas Strip and you'll see an aggressive onslaught of restaurants -- some incredible, some celebrity-driven, and some desperately overhyped. Most carry the same purpose: to make dinner feel like an event, something to pair with the noisy slots, neon marquees, and casino party hosts promising access "on the list" to the latest nightclubs

Medicine news line
May 22, 2019

Following their study in rats, scientists have broken new ground in memory research. The finding concerns how the brain retrieves long-term memory and should open new avenues for investigating and treating Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia.

Medical Xpress
May 21, 2019

There have been many famous duos throughout history: Sonny and Cher. Batman and Robin. Penn and Teller.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 21, 2019

The legislative session is two weeks away from ending. This year, Nevada made history with the first-ever female majority running the state.

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Recent Liberal Arts Accomplishments

May 22, 2019
Ryan A. Wirt and James M. Hyman (both Psychology) have published an article in Cell Reports. Over time, contextual memories become dependent on the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) for retrieval. Wirt and Hyman found that theta-mediated interactions between ACC and CA1 increase for remote recall. Communication from the ACC to CA1 modulates neural...
May 21, 2019
Michael Green (History) published the essay "Eastern and Western Empire: Thaddeus Stevens and the Greater Reconstruction," in The Worlds of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens: Place, Personality, and Politics in the Civil War Era, edited by Michael J. Birkner, Randall M. Miller, and John W. Quist.
May 14, 2019
Margarita Jara (World Languages and Cultures) co-authored “The Microvariation of the Spanish Perfect in Three Varieties” with Paz Gonzalez and Carmen Kleinherenbrink (both of Leiden University), which appears in Isogloss, a journal on variation on Romance and Iberian languages. This study investigates the variability in the use of the preterit...
May 13, 2019
Ranita Ray (Sociology) is the author of the book The Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City, which recently was selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2019 C. Wright Mills Book Award from The Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her book is one of five finalists out of a pool of nearly 80...
May 13, 2019
Jennifer J. Reed (Sociology) appeared in a story for Earth Day, "Las Vegas Ecosexuals Married the Earth in a Nevada Wedding Ceremony." Reed's dissertation research examines the development of the ecosexual movement, including use of performance art weddings to non-human nature elements as a tactic to reframe human relationships to nature as an...
May 13, 2019
David M. Olson (World Languages and Cultures) has been offered the position of assistant to the superintendent of the American World War I, Meuse Argonne Cemetery and Memorial. It is the largest American World War I or II cemetery in Europe with more than 14,000 graves. Located approximately 40 kilometers northwest of Verdun, France, it is one of...