LAS Impact

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Celebrate the amazing impact of people in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences!

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is unlike any other. Join us virtually Oct. 26-30 as we celebrate the power of LAS innovation and all of the members of our community.

Check back for updates, as more events will be added as the event approaches. Please note that dates and topics are subject to change.

Registration for events will open on October 1.


Monday, October 26

LAS Innovation

Learn about life-changing research conducted through the College of LAS.


  • From Research to Outreach: A Comprehensive Approach to Fighting COVID-19
  • Building a Global Institute: A Brief History of IGI
  • Trelease Woods: Natural Research Area
Featured webinar
From Research to Outreach: A Comprehensive Approach to Fighting COVID-19

Faculty in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology—many of whom helped developed the cutting-edge saliva test implemented at Illinois—will discuss how LAS researchers are fighting COVID-19.

A student holds out a COVID-19 test at State Farm Center

Read about College of LAS research

Our faculty members are leading their fields and generating new knowledge thanks to cutting-edge research in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Read more.

Athlete protests
There’s nothing new about protest in sports, but recent athlete-led boycotts have set a new standard.
The call of the cicada
An LAS entomologist works with chemists and engineers to understand the many lessons of a quirky, cyclical bug.
Behaviors and false memory
There’s a reason why people forget mundane tasks—it is due to the gulf between intention and completing an action.

Tuesday, October 27

LAS Humanities

Connect with the humanities and see how they are making a difference.


  • The Removal of Monuments in Social Movements
  • Alumni and student networking event with the Humanities Professional Resource Center
  • Writer's workshop for alumni
  • Center for African Studies 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • European Union Center Opening Lecture - When States Come Out: Transnational Movements & the Diffusion of LGBTI Rights in Europe
  • Psychology Alumna Turned Children's Author: An Interview with Alice McGinty
A Confederate Memorial Carving
Featured webinar: The Removal of Monuments in Social Movements

Public monuments are built to represent an idea; this year, those ideas have been put under the microscope. Join the Department of History for a conversation on the important topic. 


Wednesday, October 28

LAS students

Engage with the 2020 student experience.


  • LAS Student Researchers: Lunchtime Lightning Talks
  • 2020 Virtual Scholarship Celebration
  • LAS student panel
Featured event
Virtual Scholarship Celebration

Every year, LAS awards over $675,000 through nearly 200 scholarships to undergraduates throughout the college. Join us for a virtual celebration honoring the awardees and donors.

A student receives a diploma


Thursday, October 29

LAS Alumni

Celebrate our alumni.


  • 2020 Alumni Awards and events with honorees
  • Spotlight on alumni volunteerism
  • Gain advice through notable alumni videos
The Illini Union
Featured event: Alumni Awards

This year, nine LAS alumni have received Achievement, Distinguished Service, Humanitarian, and Outstanding Young Alumni Awards. Join us for a series of video interviews that highlight their lives and achievements.


Friday, October 30

Uniquely LAS

Revisit LAS' interesting places and programs. 


  • Spurlock Museum Exhibit Opening: Debates, Decisions, Demands - Objects of Campaigns and Activism
  • Celebrating Altgeld Hall
  • Poetry reading and discussion with Ninth Letter
  • LAS on Tap: Astronomy - explore our universe during a virtual happy hour
Featured webinar:
Debates, Decisions, Demands

Learn about the newest Spurlock Museum opening, focused on the objects that help make up and frame campaigns and activism.

Spurlock Museum on a sunny day