September 2013 Archives

First Session of the Legal History Workshop for 2013-14

The first session of the Legal History Workshop for 2013-14 will be held Monday, September 30 in room 15 of Mondale Hall from 1:25 to 3:25 p.m. At this session, Naomi Lamoreaux (Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and History, Yale University) will present "Contractual Freedom and the Evolution of Corporate Governance in Britain, 1862 to 1929."

Coffee Hour with Nathan Clough

The Department of Geography, Environment and Society is holding a Coffee Hour on Friday, September 27th at 3:30pm in 445 Blegen Hall. Nathan Clough, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, will give a talk titled "Con-fusing the concept of a crisis: public space and constituent power."

DASH Monthy Events Kickoff

The University Libraries are excited to announce the first in a new series of monthly events, organized by the DASH (Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities) Initiative. The kickoff will be held in STSS 119 on Wednesday, October 2 at 3:30pm.

"Dance is a Weapon': Pearl Primus and Performance Art as Political Protest"

Dr. Tammy Brown will present "'Dance is a Weapon': Pearl Primus and Performance Art as Political Protest" this Friday, September 27th at 3:30pm in 815 Social Science Tower. This lecture is the first of the 2013-2014 "Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads" series. Click here for the event flyer. Tammy Brown Sep 2013 Joint Speaker Series Flier.pdf

Professor Jeanne Morefield will Speak

Friday, September 27th, the Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium is featuring Professor Jeanne Morefield from the Department of Political Science at Whitman College. She will present, "Disrupting Empire: Historical Critique and Reflective Politics," The colloquium will meet from 1:30-3:00 in the Lippincott Room (Social Sciences Tower 1314). Her presentation will be based on two papers:
Empires Without Imperialism, Introduction.docx
Tragedy as Trope, APSA 2013.docx

Month of Activities from the Center for Jewish Studies

The Center for Jewish Studies has a month of activities with events that focus on film, photography, radio, and music, or religious leaders who do the work of peacemaking in Israel and Palestine. Their offerings focus on contemporary Israel and Medieval Europe, as well as the United States during the 1930s. For details and the events flyer, click here.

University of Washington Position in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

The Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle seeks an educator for the position of Lecturer, beginning in the fall quarter, 2014. Preference will be given to applicants with MA or PhD degrees in women's, and/or gender studies. Demonstrated commitment to feminist pedagogy and dedication to undergraduate education is expected. Application deadline is October 15 will receive priority.

International Conference at New York University

New York University will hold an international conference entitled "American (Inter)Dependencies: New Perspectives on Capitalism and Empire, 1898-1959" April 3-5 to investigate the coproduction and dynamic interrelation of the U.S., Latin American, and global economies in the half-century between the Spanish-American War and the Cuban Revolution. Abstracts of 500 words or less should be sent by November 1, 2013.

Discussion and Gallery Walk-Through

Join artists, activists, and scholars for the event "Red Venus: From Alexandra Kollontai to Pussy Riot." The discussion "Women in Soviet Art" will be held on Friday, October 11, 2:30-5:30pm at 125 Nolte Center. A gallery walk-through of the exhibition with the panelists will from 11-noon on Saturday, October 12. Click here for the event flyer. Red Venus panel clean.docx

Tenure-track Search at Brandies University

Brandies University is currently conducting a tenure-track search for an assistant or early associate professor to be jointly appointed in the African and Afro-American Studies Department and Women's and Gender Studies Program. They seek candidates whose scholarship addresses issues of race, gender, class and sexuality in relation to people and/or cultures of African descent. Applications should be submitted by November 1, 2013.

Position for a Two Year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University

The Department of African American Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University invites applications for a two year Postdoctoral Fellowship. Recent Ph.D.s with a commitment to the field of African American and/or African Diaspora studies are encouraged to apply. They're especially interested in projects in comparative African Diaspora/American Indian Studies. Application deadline is December 15, 2013.

The Tenth Annual Community Lecture Series

The Tenth Annual Community Lecture Series held by the Center for Jewish Studies featuring Ari Kelman will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at 7:30pm at Beth Jacob,1179 Victoria Curve in St. Paul. Ari Kelman will present the lecture "A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio, 1923-1955." The event flyer can be found here. Kelman flyer.pdf

New Films and Documentaries at University Libraries

New films and documentaries are available in the university libraries' collection. They are available at the Smart Learning Center in Walter Library. View a complete list of the DVDs here. New videos.pdf

The Libraries Strategic Directions Planning

The Libraries have released their strategic directions planning document. The document provides information on some of the key initiatives and directions being pursued.

Brown Bag Series with Kurt Cambell on Friday, September 20th

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change is hosting a series entitled "'Hot affect' and the 'claiming of notice': The textual ideation of a blind boxer from South Africa" on Friday, September 20 at 12:00pm in room 537 Heller Hall. It will be presented by Kurt Campbell, a UWC visiting scholar. The event flyer can be found here 9-20 KCampbell.pdf.

Coffee Hour with Dr. Lee E. Frelich on Friday, September 20

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Society is hosting a coffee hour on Friday, September 20th in Blegen Hall 445 beginning at 3:30 pm. Dr. Lee E. Frelich Director of The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology will give a talk titled "Earthworm invasion from seed to ecosystem."

Living Labor: Marxism and performance Studies Conference at New York University on April 11-13

New York University is holding the conference "Living Labor: Marxism and performance Studies" on April 11-13, 2014. They invite submissions that explore the intersections of performance studies and Marxist philosophies. Papers may intervene at points of seeming incompatibility, address convergences, or look forward to emerging discourses relating to this nexus. Please submit a 300-word abstract and a one page CV by December 1st 2013. Click here for the event flyer LivingLabor_CFP.pdf.

Transgender Studies Quarterly is Seeking Proposals for their Article "Making Transgender Count."

Transgender Studies Quarterly is seeking proposals for their article "Making Transgender Count." It invites scholarly essays that tackle transgender inclusion and/or gender identity/expression measurement and sampling methods in population studies, demography, epidemiology, and other social sciences. Submission deadline is December 31, 2012.

The Journal Women, Gender, and Families of Color Seeks Sumissions for Upcoming Issues

Women, Gender, and Families of Color, a multidisciplinary journal, seeks submissions for upcoming issues. WGFC centers the study of Black, Latina/o, Indigenous, and Asian American women, gender, and families. Within this framework, the journal encourages theoretical and empirical research from history, the social and behavioral sciences, and humanities including comparative and transnational research, and analyses of domestic social, cultural, political, and economic policies and practices.

Pennsylvania State University, College of Liberal Arts, invites applications for a position in Black Feminist Thought and Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or Queer/LGBT Studies. The position will be at the associate professor or professor level. Applicants should have demonstrable teaching experience and scholarly credentials commensurate with an associate professor or professor appointment at a major research university. Applications should be received by November 15, 2013.

Northwestern University Sexualities Project

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern University invites applications for two two-year postdoctoral fellowships in sexuality studies, to run from September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2016. Applications are welcome from scholars who study sexuality from a social science perspective. All application materials must be received by January 15, 2014.

29th Annual Kann Memorial Lecture Presented by Gary B. Cohen

Gary B. Cohen will present the 29th annual Kann Memorial Lecture "Cultural Crossings in Prague, 1900: Scenes from Late Imperial Austria" on Wednesday, October 9th at 4:00pm in 1210 Heller Hall. The event is hosted by the Center for Austrian Studies.Click here for event flyer.

Sereies of Films and Book Talks on "Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys"

The University Libraries, and partner organizations, are sponsoring a year-long series of films and book talks on the topic of "Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys" For more information on the program and individual events, check out the attached flyer. MJ fall events flyer8x11.pdf

Five Part Data Management Workshop Series

The University Libraries will offer a five part Data Management Workshop Series from October 4 - November 8. Students will be asked to watch a short video prior to the workshop and will then spend the class time directly applying data management skills.

Re-design of the University Libraries' Homepage

The University Libraries' Web Development department is working on a re-design of the Libraries' homepage. They are now in the second iteration of their website redesign prototype, which you can visit at As a part of this, they are strongly encouraging input from the University community. You can view the prototype and to give them your feedback at release notes are available here:

Joseph J. Kwiat Award for Best Conference Paper Presented at ASA. Application Deadline: October 3rd

The Joseph J. Kwiat award is for up to $500 towards travel expenses to attend the ASA annual meeting, awarded to the best University of Minnesota American Studies graduate student conference paper presented at ASA. Application deadline: Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by 12pm, noon.

IDF for 2014-15 Internal Deadline: Wednesday, October 9th

IDF International deadline October 9th: The Graduate School will again be awarding Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDF) for 2014-15, which includes $22,500 and full tuition. The American Studies internal deadline is based on the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) deadline. If you intend to apply and partner with a different center/institute, contact by Wednesday, September 25th, so we can review those center/institute requirements

September PCard Receipts

Please submit receipts for all September PCard purchases to Laura by Tuesday, October 1st. For a copy of your personalized coversheet, e-mail Laura at

Butler Visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies

Welcome to Pamela Wynne Butler, Visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies. Butler holds a PhD in American Studies, with a minor in Feminist Studies, from the University of Minnesota. She has taught American Studies, Political Science, and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint and the University of Notre Dame, where she recently completed a 3-year visiting faculty position. Her research explores race, empire, and political economy in US feminisms, with an emphasis on popular and public cultures. She is currently working on a book project (tentatively) titled The Secret History of American Knitting: Entanglements of Race, Sex, and Empire.

HMed Fall 2013 lecture series

THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE FALL 2013 lecture series has been announced. The first two events will be held in the afternoon on Friday, September 27th . For a complete list and more details, please continue reading.

La Raza Event this Friday 9/13

PLEASE JOIN LA RAZA STUDENT Cultural Center on Friday, September 13th for "¬°Oye Mi Grito!: (Re)Claiming Space". The event will begin at 6pm in the Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union.

Dr. Fawaz presents "'Flame On!'" on Friday 9/20

DR. RAMZI FAWAZ will present the talk "'Flame On!': Nuclear Families, Unstable Molecules, and the Queer History of 'The Fantastic Four'" on Friday, September 20th at 3:30pm in 1210 Heller Hall. Dr. Fawaz is an Assistant Professor of English and Queer Theory, University of Wisconsin. Click here for the event flier: Fawaz Poster.pdf

Geography Coffee Hour with Dr. Chris Wells Friday 9/13

THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY is hosting a coffee hour with Dr. Chris Wells this Friday, September 13th at 3:15pm in Belgen Hall 445. Dr. Wells will give a talk titled "Motor Age Geography: Land-Use Change and Car Dependence Before 1956".

Scheduling an appointment with Chair, DGS, or Undergrad Adviser

To schedule an appointment with our Chair Kevin Murphy, DGS Bianet Castellanos, or Undergraduate Adviser Jeremy Lundquist, please e-mail or call the main office at 612-624-4190 with your preferred time, date, and topic/description for the appointment.

Kevin Murphy will be holding his Chair office hours on Wednesdays from 1pm - 3pm in his office in 104 Scott Hall. We will schedule appointments in 20 minute time slots.

Bianet Castellanos will be holding DGS office hours on Tuesdays from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. We will schedule appointments in 20 minutes time slots.

Jeremy Lundquist will be holding his American Studies Undergraduate Advising appointments Mondays 1pm - 4:30pm, Tuesdays 9am - 12pm, and Fridays 1pm - 4:30pm in 102 Scott Hall. We will schedule appointments in 30 minute time slots.

New Student Employee

Savannah Samek began working for American Studies last week. Savannah is a freshman interested in Global Studies and Political Science - please be sure to stop by and welcome her!

Workshop on doing interdisciplinary work for Grad Students

A WORKSHOP ON INTERDISCIPLINARY WORK will be led by Dr. Annette Kolodny from 3:15-4:30pm in Lind Hall room 207A on Thursday, September 26th. American Studies graduate students are invited to attend and should e-mail Terri Sutton at in advance to reserve a seat.

"Who Was Really Here First?" presented by Dr. Annette Kolodny

DR. ANNETTE KOLODNY WILL PRESENT the talk "Who Was Really Here First? Vikings, Indians, and Solving the Mystery of Minnesota's Kensington Stone" at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 26th at the Weisman Art Museum. The event is hosted by English, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, German, Scandinavian & Dutch, and History Departments. Continue reading for more info.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor at Lafayette College in Race and Ethnicity

THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT at Lafayette College seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of assistant professor specializing in the history of race and ethnicity in the United States. An ability to teach courses in African-American history is required, and an interest in global and/or comparative perspectives is welcomed. Application deadline: November 1st, 2013.

Emory Post-Doc in WGSS and African Studies

EMORY UNIVERISTY IS ACCEPTING applications for a post-doctoral teaching fellowship, renewable up to three years, in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies beginning in the fall of 2014. They are looking for an innovative, interdisciplinary scholar and dynamic teacher who has expertise in Africa, transnational feminism, and gender and/or sexuality (disciplinary field open). Applicants should have received their PhD within the past three years. Review of applications will begin November 1st, 2013.

Call for Applicants - Volunteer mentoring program with AHA

The American Historical Association's Advisory Committee on Disability is establishing a mentoring program in which graduate students doing work in history of disability or related historical fields will be matched with established faculty mentors. Volunteer mentors will be matched with students who are either pursuing a graduate degree in the same subfield of history or who have the same disability, if they have disclosed that information. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For complete information on the program, please continue reading.

The Graduate School's Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study includes a stipend of $22,500 plus tuition and subsidized health insurance and is open to graduate students proposing a year of well-defined research or study in which film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics is the major focus of the research. Up to three fellowships awarded. Applications for this fellowship do not require departmental nomination and are due directly to the Graduate School Fellowship Office by 12 noon, November 1, 2013. Please refer to the Graduate School's website for complete information:

The Graduate School's Mark & Judy Yudof Fellowship in Science Policy & Ethics includes a stipend of $22,500 plus tuition and subsidized health insurance and is open to graduate students pursuing interdisciplinary work, with content focused in the areas of science policy and ethics. Up to three fellowships awarded. Applications for this fellowship do not require departmental nomination and are due directly to the Graduate School Fellowship Office by 12 noon, November 1, 2013. Please refer to the Graduate School's website for complete information:

CFP: Graduate Workshop in Modern History fall semester 2013

THE GRADUATE WORKSHOP IN MODERN HISTORY is currently soliciting papers for its fall 2013 semester schedule. Any papers that use historical methodology and focus on the modern period (loosely defined as the early nineteenth century to present) are welcome. The GWMH accepts papers from any geographic area and any discipline, and we value comparative and interdisciplinary work. For more information, please continue reading.

Tenure-track position in Sexuality & LGBTQ Studies at Univ. Michigan - Dearborn

THE WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES program at the University of Michigan Dearborn invites applications for a new tenure track position in Sexuality and LGBTQ studies with a social or behavioral sciences focus. Required qualifications include a PhD at the time of appointment, specialization in Sexuality/LGBTQ Studies, and training in quantitative and/or qualitative social science research methods. Application Deadline: October 15th, 2013. For complete job description, please continue reading.

Open Rank Faculty Position in Women's Health - Univ. of Virginia

THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA'S interdisciplinary program in Women Gender & Sexuality (WGS) invites applicants for a joint tenure-track position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level, with expertise in scientific research on women's health, to begin August 25th, 2014. They seek candidates whose areas of expertise involve some combination of the areas of psychology, sociology, women, gender, sexuality, and health, broadly defined. Review of applications will begin October 15th, 2013. For complete job description, please continue reading.

2 tenure-track positions at the University of Arizona

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA is pleased to announce a cluster hire of 4 tenure-track faculty positions in transgender studies over the next two years. Two assistant professor positions are being offered this year in the College of Social and Behavioral Science (SBS), with a start date of fall 2014. Two positions to be based elsewhere in the university will be advertised next year, with a start date of fall 2015. Application deadline: October 14th, 2013. For full job announcement, please continue reading.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in WGSS at Portland State Univ.

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY'S Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in sexuality and queer studies. The position will begin September 2014. PhD in WGS or related social science field with specialization in sexuality/queer studies in hand by time of appointment. Application deadline: Monday, September 16th, 2013. For complete job description, please continue reading.

MN Historical Society Internships

THE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY currently still has some open fall semester internship opportunities. The deadline for applying to these positions has been extended to September 9th, 2013.

Help with Statistical Research available

The Statistical Consulting Service of the School of Statistics is open for fall semester and is available to provide advice and guidance on the statistical aspects of research project, including study design, analysis, interpretation, and writing. Faculty, students, and staff are eligible for assistance at no cost. Continue reading for more info.

Pierce talk at UMN Bookstore September 17th

Jennifer Pierce will be giving a talk at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union on Tuesday, September 17th from noon to 1pm based on her new book Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action. Her talk "Myths and Realities of Affirmative Action" is a topic for the U of M's Constitution Day Events and is sponsored by the Office for Public Engagement. Click here to view bookstore events.

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