Introducing the Kingfisher Institute

Introducing the Kingfisher Institute

As part of the University’s strategic plan, the Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts and Professions was established this year to highlight Creighton’s unique configuration of nine schools and colleges. The Institute is built on the belief that not only is a liberal arts education a strong foundation for studying to enter a particular profession — including business, the health professions and law — but also that the approaches to education in both the liberal arts tradition and in professional schools complement one another. Together, they help form students as whole people. The Institute is headquartered in the new School of Dentistry building, as a symbolic nod to extending the humanities to the professions.

In support of this bold vision, the Institute provides opportunities to explore the creative intersections between liberal arts and professional education, including faculty and staff reading groups, visiting lecturers, faculty development grants and more for the 2018-2019 academic year. These activities are planned around the inaugural themes of the Institute: “Narratives of Health and Illness” and “Race in America: 1919-2019.”

Tracy Leavelle, PhD, associate dean for the humanities and fine arts in the College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of history, was named director of the Kingfisher Institute in October.

This coming year marks the centenary of the “red summer” of 1919, during which racial riots exploded in dozens of U.S. cities, including in Omaha, where a young African-American man, Will Brown, was brutally lynched. Community and University leaders are working together to plan a series of events to properly observe this anniversary.

Learn more about upcoming events and the Kingfisher Institute at and follow on Twitter, @Creighton_KFI.