AMERICAN STUDIES Ph.D. Candidate Mingwei Huang was awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant for her dissertation research, "The Politics of Friendship after Bandung: Sino-African Contemporaries in South Africa," to be conducted in Cape Town and Johannesburg January through December 2015.
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AMERICAN STUDIES PhD candidate Jesus Estrada-Perez received a 2014 Steven J. Schochet Endowment Award for Best Graduate Paper for his dissertation chapter entitled, "A PLACE TO SPEND A SATURDAY NIGHT: Altar-native Visions of Space and Sexuality in the Art of Joey Terrill and Luciano Martinez."
IN RECOGNITION of INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY in the City of Minneapolis, a special guest will be in Scott Hall on Monday, October 13. Flor Angel Palmar is a leading educator in Venezuela, and contributed an essay to a recent book by Brenda Child and Brian Klopotek, Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indian Education. On October 12, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. will hold a reception to honor Dr. Palmar and to note the publication of Indian Subjects.
Juliana Hu Pegues, PhD '13, was selected as the winner of the 2014
Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize given by the American Studies
Association for her dissertation, "Interrogating Intimacies: Asian
American and Native Relations in Colonial Alaska." Juliana is the 4rd
American Studies graduate student to receive the award since it was
first awarded in 1987. She joins alumni Brian Klopotek (2004), Steven
Waksman (1998), and Rachel Buff (1996).
DANNY LaCHANCE PhD '11 has written an op-ed piece for the New York Times. Click here to read the article online.
Jasmine Lane has joined the staff of American Studies, as our student worker for the fall. She is a third year student double majoring in Chemistry and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Please introduce yourself to Jasmine the next time you are in Scott Hall.
RUDY AGUILAR has received his PhD with his dissertation entitled, "Tambien Bailamos en el Norte: Sonidero, Transnational Lives, and Mexican Migrants in the Midwest." Bianet Castellanos and Rod Ferguson, advisers.
TOM SARMIENTO has received his PhD with his dissertation entitled, "The Heartland of Empire: Queer Cultural Imaginaries of Filipinas/os in the Midwest." Kevin Murphy and Kale Fajardo, advisers.
Danielle M. Kasprzak (BA '07) has been named Humanities Editor at the University of Minnesota Press. She will be acquiring titles in cultural and literary studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, disability studies, queer studies, and cinema and media studies. Danielle joined the Press in 2008 as an Editorial Assistant and, in 2012, became Associate Editor with responsibility for cinema and media studies; she is also the editor for Minnesota's Forerunners: Ideas First ebook initiative.
DANIEL TOPETE has received the DOVE 2014 Summer Fellowship.