March 2011 Archives

A note on Friday's schedule for recruitment weekend: Most of the prospective students' schedules are quite full with meetings on Friday, however some will have some downtime throughout the afternoon, during which time they will likely be in the Commons. If you are available and would like to stop in to welcome and visit with them during this time, you are encouraged to do so.

"Connection Lost: Signals and Messages in the Art of Winslow Homer"

The Department of Art History presents, "Connection Lost: Signals and Messages in the Art of Winslow Homer" by Asma Naeem, PhD University of Maryland, on March 31st at 4:30 p.m. in Room 215 Blegen.

The 17th Annual David Noble Lecture

We are pleased to invite you to the 17th Annual David Noble Lecture, featuring Dr. Thaddeus Russell, on Tuesday, April 12th at 5 pm, in the President's Room in Coffman Union. Dr. Russell will present the lecture, "A Renegade History of the United States."

'A Conversation with Wendy Red Star' - April 8th

"A Conversation with Wendy Red Star" will take place on April 8th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in Room 313B at Science Teaching Student Services. This event includes artists' presentations, including slides, Powerpoint, and video, a moderated conversation between the artists followed by an open discussion with students, and then a small catered reception.

The Graduate School is proud to present the fourth annual Doctoral Research Showcase on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Noon - 2 p.m., in The Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union. Meet the top recipients of the 2010-11 interdisciplinary and doctoral dissertation fellowships as they describe their work in fields from engineering to English. This year's participants represent 40 different graduate programs and will be displaying more than 60 posters highlighting some of the most
interesting research taking place at the University of Minnesota.

Scott Laderman Book Presentation

Mark your calendars! Scott Laderman, who received his Ph.D. from our department and is now on the faculty of the history department at UM Duluth, will be speaking about his book, Tours of Vietnam, on Wednesday, April 6, at 3:30 in the Scott Hall Commons. The book is based on his Ph.D. dissertation, which won the U of M Best Dissertation Award in Humanities and Arts.

"A Laser Landscape: The Cultural Economy of Beer in the Great Southwest"

"A Laser Landscape: The Cultural Economy of Beer in the Great Southwest", a talk by Paula Lupkin, American Culture Studies Program at Washington University, St. Louis, on April 19th at 4:00 p.m. in 125 Nolte Center. Beverages will be served.

Labor in the Global South: A Search for Solutions CFP - University of CA Los Angeles

University of California Los Angeles is pleased to announce a call for papers for their global, interdisciplinary graduate student research conference, "Labor in the Global South: A Search for Solutions", on May 27-28, 2011. Their goal in this conference is to take stock of the state of work and workers in the global South, and to share best practices and critiques of strategies to upgrade jobs and empower workers. Proposal deadline: April 8, 2011.

2011 Academy of Distinguished Teachers Conference on Teaching and Learning

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a one-day conference on teaching and learning. The event, Teaching and Learning in a Changed World, will take place on April 25, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the McNamara Alumni Center. The event will feature keynote speaker, University of St. Thomas Distinguished University Professor, Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield. Call for proposal deadline: April 4, 2011.

The Department of Anthropology will host a presentation by Nikhil Anand, Assistant Professor, Haverford College, entitled "Leaky States: On Ignorance and Absence in Mumbai's Water Supply" on Thursday, March 24 at 12:15 p.m. in Blegen Hall room 155.

CLA-OIT is pleased to announce a call for Digital Content Library Fellows for 2011. They offer six graduate student positions who, along with two undergraduate students and three Visual Resources staff, collect, digitize, and catalog image, audio and video files for inclusion in the Digital Content Library. The 50% appointment includes tuition remission for fall and spring semesters. All applicants must be enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and be within their first six years of funding. Application deadline: April 22, 2011.

Summer Dissertation Writing Funds requests due by April 13, 2011

American Studies Summer Dissertation Writing Funds (up to $3,500) are available to ABD American Studies students for summer 2011 who are actively writing their dissertation and have not received the funds previously. Deadline for requests: April 13, 2011.

The Recruitment Weekend community dinner on April 2 at 6pm will be held at the CW Lofts Clubroom, located at 730 Stinson Blvd NE, Minneapolis. Please RSVP to Laura ( as soon as possible so we may ensure an adequate amount of food for all.

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change Postdoctoral Search 2011-2012

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center is pleased to announce a postdoctoral fellowship search for the academic year 2011-2012. Applications are invited from scholars whose research coincides with our theme for the year, "Solidarities: Politics and Ethics in a Global Age." Ph.D. degree required in area(s) of expertise. The fellow will receive a salary of $55,017. Benefits package is also offered to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Application deadline: May 1, 2011.

The bimonthly Graduate Student Workshop series is this Monday, March 28, 3:30pm in the Scott Hall Commons, room 105. Tom Sarmiento will workshop part of his dissertation proposal entitled, "Cartographies of Performance: Imagining Queer Filipina/o America."

The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Workshop Series presents, "Queer Twin Cities: A Methodological Round Table Discussion by the Collaborators", on Friday, March 25th at 2:00 p.m. in the Susan Geiger Room in Ford Hall. Round Table Participants: Michael David Franklin (American Studies), Kevin Murphy (History), Ryan Murphy (American Studies), Jennifer L. Pierce (American Studies), and Alex Urquhart (American Studies).

PCard Receipt Reminder

Please submit receipts for all March PCard purchases to Laura by Friday, April 1st.

Dr. David Noble Presentation March 25, 2011

Dr. David Noble will be speaking to the Institute of Theological and Interdisciplinary Studies on Friday, March 25, 2011. The event will be held at Macalester Board Room in Weyerhauser Hall. A free buffet is served at 6:30 p.m. with the program scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dr. Noble will be presenting on "The Culture Between Current Science and the Modern Faith in Limitless Growth."

The City University of New York is now accepting applications to serve on the faculty of its new community college (NCC). These tenured or tenure-track appointments (with rank depending on experience and qualifications) will begin in fall 2011. The NCC will open in 2012 with 500 students in six majors including: Business Administration, Information Technology, Health Information Technology, Human Services, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Urban Studies. Ph.D. required.

Please RSVP by March 21 for Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend Dinner

The catered dinner for the American Studies Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 6 p.m., location TBA. All graduate students, staff, faculty and associate faculty are invited to attend. Please RSVP by Monday, March 21 to Laura at

American Studies is able to award CLA Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) fellowships to two students in good standing, currently enrolled in the Ph.D program. The fellowship includes a summer stipend of $4,000, and the possibility of research funds up to $500. The deadline for application is April 13, 2011.

The American Studies Department announces the Mulford Q. Sibley Graduate Fellowship for Summer Research Support open to pre-ABD students in their first and second year. $2,000 per fellowship for up to three fellowships may be awarded. Applications are due April 13, 2011.

Audrey Christensen Award Applications due April 13, 2011

The American Studies department announces the Audrey Christensen Award. All American Studies graduate students in good standing may apply for this $500.00 award for the purchase of books for use in research and study. Applications are due April 13, 2011.

Josie Fowler Peace and Justice Prize Applications due April 13, 2011

The Josie Fowler Peace and Justice Prize is a $250 book prize awarded to a student whose research is in the areas of: labor history, Asian immigration, the history of the American Left, the pursuit of peace, or other topics that are related to work on social justice and change. Applications are due April 13, 2011.

"News from Our Families- - At the Borders"

"News from Our Families- - At the Borders" will be a vibrant "border-crossing" discussion with three scholars whose work inspires critical thinking & coalition-building to go beyond exclusionary politics. The discussion will be on April 18th at 7:00 p.m in Cowles Auditorium in Humphrey Center. Free and open to the public. Reception and refreshments to follow.

Grinnell College: African American Literature Term Search

Grinnell College is accepting applications for a 1-year leave replacement position in the English Department in African American literature. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) possible. This is a full-time faculty position. Application deadline: March 18, 2011.

Career Networking Event Hosted by U of M Graduate School

The Graduate School invites advanced graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and recent alumni to their Career Networking Event on Friday April 15th on Radisson University Hotel. For questions please contact Noro Andriamanalina at or 612-626-4546. This event is free but registration is required. Space is limited. Registration deadline: April 12, 2011.

"Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer's Civil War" March 28th, 2011

"Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer's Civil War", will be presented by Duke historian Peter H. Wood on March 28th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Heller Hall, Room 1210.

Interested in teaching a short term study abroad program?

Interested in taking students abroad? Consider proposing a short-term program during winter break, spring break or May session 2011-12. Priority will be given to non-European locations and/or topics that will appeal to a diverse student audience (e.g. Black Paris: The African American Diaspora in the City of Lights or Understanding Southeast Asia).

Ithaca College Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship

The School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College is now accepting applications for their Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship for 2011-12. The fellowship supports promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy in order to better prepare them for tenure track appointments within liberal arts or comprehensive colleges/universities. The fellow receives $30,000 stipend, $3,000 in travel/professional development support, office space, health benefits, and access to Ithaca College and Cornell University libraries. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled

American Studies Teaching and Assisting Applications for 2011-12

To apply for a TA-ship next year, please complete the attached application (s). One is a form used to indicate your preference for assisting in the classroom, the other for teaching. To be eligible for the teaching positions you must have passed your preliminary examinations. Please feel free to contact Colleen (612-624-1871) with any questions. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, March 30th, 2011.

American Studies Teaching Application for Summer 2011

To apply for a summer teaching position, please complete the attached application. To be eligible for the teaching positions you must have passed your preliminary examinations. Please feel free to contact Colleen (612-624-1871) with any questions. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011.

State Historical Society of Iowa 2011/2012 Research Grants

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant pro­gram for the 2011/2012 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpre­tive writing related to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previ­ously ne­glected topics or new approaches to or inter­pretations of pre­viously treated topics. SHSI invites applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including aca­demic and public historians, graduate students, and indepen­dent researchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publi­cation in The Annals of Iowa. Grant recipients will be expected to produce an annotated manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI's schol­arly journal.

Applications for the 2011/2012 awards must be postmarked by April 15, 2011. Download application guidelines from our Web site ( or request guidelines or further informa­tion from:

Research Grants
State Historical Society of Iowa
402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City IA 52240-1806

Phone: 319-335-3931

Reminder call for participants in the next Grad Student Workshop series event on March 28: we know a week remains before the reply-by date of March 7, however thus far we have not yet heard from any students interested in using this workshop time. Please contact Melanie if you are interested in presenting your work in March. To read the original Digest announcement with information about the Workshop series, please click here:

3rd Year Students: The spring semester date on which Written Preliminary Portfolio Exam materials are accepted by the department is April 1. If you are planning to submit your Portfolio Exam materials for this semester, contact Melanie ( regarding your intent to submit on April 1 and to confirm the members of your examination committee.

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