The Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS) is a celebration of student scholarship. On April 27, 2017, the Colby community came together to recognize and celebrate students’ many forms of scholarly engagement. Over 742 different students (from virtually every department/program) presented or performed their work.
The events began with Arts@CLAS, a celebration of the arts held on Wednesday evening (April 26) in the Colby Museum of Arts. The Museum resonated with music, poetry, language readings, visual arts, and dance from many student presenters/ performers. On Thursday, classes were canceled so that faculty, staff, and students could attend the talks and posters on that day. CLAS also featured a set of Wild Card sessions–with interdisciplinary topics and creative formats. Additionally, the Phi Beta Kappa speech contest included six finalists delivering their speeches at Noon; and CLAS Highlights was an end-of-day celebration featuring four speakers nominated by their divisions.
As an extension of CLAS, the final two weeks of the term also included Open CLAS sessions during regular class times. Students made classroom presentations that were open to the public.
CLAS 2017 by the numbers:
- Overall totals: 82 sessions, 422 presentations (608 presenters), 242 posters (392 presenters); 664 projects at CLAS; over 742 separate students presented or performed as part of CLAS.
- Thursday CLAS: 57 sessions, 241 presentations (303 presenters), 144 posters (285 presenters)
- Arts@CLAS: 28 sessions, 103 presentations/performances, 197 presenters/performers
- Open CLAS (sessions during the final two weeks of the term): 12 presentation sessions, 78 presentations (108 presenters), 7 poster sessions, 98 posters (107 presenters)
CLAS 2018 will take place on May 2-3, 2018.
Watch: A Celebration of Scholarship
About the Symposium
Colby’s faculty voted to create CLAS to extend the positive impact of its predecessor—the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium. By dedicating a full day to student scholarship, rather than multiple days when presentations competed with class time, Colby allows students to engage with faculty and the community in more direct and focused ways. The event is launched the preceding evening with Arts@CLAS, 6-9 p.m. in the Colby College Museum of Art, with a celebration of the arts. CLAS events run throughout the day on Thursday. CLAS 2018 will take place on May 2-3, 2018.