CoLA Events

Festival of Ideas Research Institute

The Festival of Ideas began in 2005 with a generous donation by UT Arlington alumnus Mustaque Ahmed (’81). In 2007, that support grew into an endowment to further strength the program’s ability to offer six events each year to the university academic community and the community at large. These events have included lectures by scholars in History, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, and Physics; presentations by artists and writers about their creative work; and concerts and theatrical performances.

Mustaque Ahmed’s generous gift for the College of Liberal Arts’ Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, as it supports a vibrant and illuminating program of events for everyone on our campus and in our community, enhances our faculty and student research in international cultures, histories, languages, literatures, and the arts.

The Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute not only guarantees the continuity of the Festival of Ideas events but provides a venue for research into the world’s significant cultural and intellectual issues, integrating the scholarship and creative activity of UT Arlington’s faculty and graduate students with the insights gained from presentations by world-renowned experts who visit the UT Arlington campus.

The 2019 Spring Festival of Ideas forum is on February 6, 2019, March 6, 2019 and April 3, 2019. Click "“Continuing the Conversation” Series" to learn more about the 2019 Spring Festival of Ideas. 

The 2018 Fall Festival of Ideas forum was conducted on October 4, 2018. The theme is Immigration. Click "Migration, Immigration, and the Art of Survival" to learn more about the 2018 Fall Festival of Ideas. 

The 2018 Spring Festival of Ideas forum was conducted on February 9, 2018. The theme was entrepreneurship. Click "The Entrepreneurial Spark in Liberal Arts" to learn more about the 2018 Spring Festival of Ideas. 

The 2017 Spring Festival of Ideas forum was conducted on February 3, 2017 and had an immigration theme. Click "Borders, Boundaries and Barriers" to learn more about the 2017 Spring Festival of Ideas.


For more details view our Festival of Ideas Page.

Spotlight Research Forum

CoLA’s Spotlight on student research is an annual forum that showcases the best of our students' research and creativity. Students present work in varying formats to include panel (oral presentation of papers), posters or renditions which include spoken word and performances. Themes will vary but must be approved by a faculty member in the student's department. Students who present their work at Spotlight earn experience in professional presentations and will be mentored through the submission and presentation process by CoLA Faculty.

For more details view our Spotlight Page.


The acCOLAdes event is a recognition ceremony for student recipients of awards and scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) and the University of Texas at Arlington. The CoLA students that receive recognition represent many disciplines, but they have one thing in common: a standard of excellence.

For more details view our acCOLAdes Page.


Congratulations to all students eligible to participate in Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the College Park Center. The University of Texas at Arlington has a lot of useful information for graduates and their families, we encourage you to visit the UTA Commencement Web-page.

For more details view our Graduation Page.