Summer Dissertation Writing Funds requests due by 12:00pm NOON on April 20, 2015

Summer Dissertation Writing Funds are awarded only once in your PhD
career. The current award is an amount of up to $4,000. Criteria for
requesting available funds are that the student must be ABD, be
actively writing their dissertations, and not have received the funds

The request should include:

1) Your name, student ID, Dissertation Title and a statement that you
have not received these funds previously.

2) A description (1 page) of your dissertation if you do not have a
Graduate School approved thesis proposal on file.

3) A description detailing what you will undertake over the summer (up
to 1 page). Be as specific as possible about the use of archives,
libraries, interviews, writing schedule, etc.

4) A letter from your adviser confirming that you have completed
enough research to be actively writing substantive portions of the

Submit your request to Melanie ( by the 12:00pm NOON
on April 20, 2015 deadline. You may expect a response to your request
by early May.

Dialogue with the Dean

THE UNIVERSITY is hosting a dialogue with the Dean on Monday, March 30th, from 11:30-1:00p, in 140 Nolte Center. Graduate students are invited to share their experiences and with Henning Schroeder over lunch. The first half hour will be devoted to a networking lunch among graduate students, followed by an hour-long conversation with Henning Schroeder. Click here for more information and to register.

MPC Diversity Fellowship

THE MINNESOTA POPULATION CENTER is recruiting students for the MPC Diversity Fellowship. Through this fellowship, students will gain a professional mentor, while learning side by side.with another student on quantitative data analysis skills. Graduate students receive $20 per hour pay and undergraduates receive $10. The application deadline is March 31st, 2015. Click Diversity Fellowship Short Flyer Summer 15.pdffor more information.

American Indian Studies Lecture, Vicente Diaz

THE DEPARTMENT of AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES is hosting a lecture by Professor Vicente M. Diaz. Professor Diaz will present "Native Canoes and the Politics/Poetics of Indigenous Cultural Revitalization and Discursive Flourish" on Monday, March 30th from 3:30-5:00 in the Crosby Seminar Room in Northrop. Click Diaz Talk.pdf for more information.

THE LAW SCHOOL is hosting their Legal History Workshop on "'A Constitutional Right Rendered Utterly Meaningless': Religious Exemptions and Reproductive Politices, 1973-2014" with speaker Professor Linda Kerber on Friday, March 27th from 10:10-12:10pm in Mondale Hall Room 473. Click here for more information.

UMN AMST Student Group Panel & Discussion

THE UMN AMERICAN STUDIES STUDENT ASSOCIATION and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association are co-hosting a Post 9/11 panel and discussion on Friday, March 27th at 3:00 pm in 1-106 Hanson Hall (West Bank). The event will focus on the social, political, and cultural climate of the US post-9/11, as well as explore narratives about and portrayals of Muslim Americans that have been (re)produced and circulated after 9/11. Both AMST Professor Elliott Powell and graduate student Waleed Mahdi will be participating in this event! For more info please contact Laura Garvey at

Aaron Eddens Awarded Global Food Security Fellowship

AMERICAN STUDIES Ph.D. Candidate Aaron Eddens was awarded the Global Food Security Fellowship with The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) for the academic year 2015-2016 to support research on his dissertation project, "'Climate Smart' Seeds: Science, Property, and the Changing Landscape of International Agriculture".

"Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster And African American Experiences"

THE INSTITUTE for ADVANCED STUDY presents "Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster and African American Experiences" on Tuesday, March 31st at 4:00pm in 1210 Heller Hall. The panel will feature American Studies faculty member Elliott Powell and affiliate faculty member David Pellow. Click here for more details on the other panelists and the talk.

"The Culture Wars: Then and Now" Symposium

"THE CULUTRE WARS: THEN & NOW" will be taking place Thursday, March 26th - Saturday, March 28th. University Departments, the Walker Art Center, and Patrick's Cabaret present a weekend of events dealing with Ron Athey's 1994 performance at Patrick's Cabaret, art, and censorship. See the below for full details

Brenda Child at the Loft Literary Center

THE LOFT LITERARY CENTER will be hosting Minnesota Book Awards: Meet the Finalists on Friday, March 20th at 6:30 at the Loft. The event will feature the authors nominated for Minnesota Book Awards including American Studies faculty member Brenda Child, for her book My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation. Click here for more information.


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