2011 Imagine Fund awards went to Timothy Brennan, Maria Damon, Qadri Ismail, Paula Rabinowitz, Jani Scandura, Omise'eke Tinsley, and John Wright. The $5000 arts and humanities awards, an initiative of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, may be used for research needs, teaching materials, books, materials for creative works, or travel.
Charles Baxter published a review of Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 in the December 8, 2011 New York Review of Books. His collection Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (Pantheon) was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011 by the New York Times. He published two poems in the December 2010 issue of Poetry. A new edition of his novel First Light will appear in January 2012.
Timothy Brennan held the Mercator Professorship from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (National Science Foundation) of Germany, in Berlin, during spring 2011. He received a fall 2010 Grant-in-Aid of Artistry, Research or Scholarship from the Graduate School, for "Poets of Commodities: The Humanist Challenge to Economics."
Tony C. Brown was promoted with tenure to Associate Professor in recognition of his outstanding research, teaching, and service. His book The Primitive, the Aesthetic, and the Savage: An Enlightenment Problematic is forthcoming.
Michael Dennis Browne (Emeritus) was the keynote speaker at the CLA Commencement ceremonies in May 2011.
Peter Campion was awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. His poem "Car Radio Near Cleveland Near Dawn" was published in the Threepenny Review, and his poem "1986:The Court" in the summer-fall 2011 issue of the Harvard Review. His review of Robert Duncan's The H.D. Book, which appeared in the September 2011 Poetry, was awarded the 2011 Poetry Magazine Editors Prize for Reviewing. His review-essay "Beyond Disbelief" appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. His review of Norman Dubie's The Volcano appeared in the Believer. Campion will be the first judge of Milkweed Editions' major new prize for poetry, the $10,000 Lindquist & Vennum Prize.
Siobhan Craig was promoted with tenure to Associate Professor in recognition of her outstanding research, teaching, and service. Professor Craig last year published Cinema After Fascism: The Shattered Screen (Palgrave Macmillan).
Lois Cucullu received two summer 2011 awards: the Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library for work on Christopher Isherwood; and the Williams Andrews Clark Library Fellowship at UCLA for work on Oscar Wilde.
Maria Damon published Postliterary America: From Bagel Shop Jazz to Micropoetries (University of Iowa Press, 2011).
Nuruddin Farah, CLA Winton Chair housed in English, published Crossbones, the last novel in his "Past Imperfect" trilogy. Excerpts were published in the New Yorker and Granta. He was the keynote speaker at the December 2010 CLA Commencement ceremonies.
Maria Fitzgerald received a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship award for 2011-2013 from the Office of the Vice President for Research for her novel project "Elizabeth F."
Ray Gonzalez published a chapbook of poetry, The Mud Angels, with Longhouse Publishers in Vermont. He served as a final judge for the 2011 Whiting Young Writers Awards in New York. His poems and essays have recently appeared in the following anthologies: American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice (New Village Press), Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees (The Backwaters Press), Blink Again: Sudden Fiction from the Upper Midwest (Spout Press), Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World (Milkweed Editions), New Border Writing (Texas A&M University Press) and Robert Bly: In This World (University of Minnesota Press). Poems and essays have recently appeared in Lapham's Quarterly, the Bitter Oleander, the Laurel Review, and other journals.
Edward Griffin (Emeritus) gave the keynote talk at a day-long Continuing Education symposium on Mark Twain's autobiography, published in November 2010. He also presented at the opening event of an OLLI "Bookends" program regarding the University Opera's mounting of the 2007 opera based on Sinclair Lewis's Elmer Gantry. Last spring, he led a six-week course for OLLI called "Reading Emily Dickinson."
Patricia Hampl was awarded a sabbatical with supplement for 2011-12. She will be Visiting Writer at the Vermont School of the Arts (January 2012). She is teaching at Breadloaf in August 2012. Her poem, "The White," was on Writer's Almanac Nov 12, 2011. She's guest-editing an all-essay issue of Ploughshares magazine for fall 2012.
Michael Hancher co-chairs with Laura Gurak the Institute for Advanced Study's Digital Humanities 2.0 collaborative, envisioning the next generation of digital humanities tools, techniques, and approaches. Join the listserv: http://z.umn.edu/dh20. He published "Learning from Librivox" in Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies, edited by Matthew Rubery (Routledge, 2011).
Josephine Lee finishes up her tenure as the President of the Association of Asian American Studies next spring. Her book, The Japan of Pure Invention, was a runner up for the 2010 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History.
Nabil Matar won a CLA Scholar of the College award for 2011-2014. He published Britian and the Islamic World, 1558-1713 with co-author Gerald MacLean (Oxford University Press, 2011). He was the principle investigator of "Shared Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in the Arts and Sciences," NEH Conference, University of Minnesota, February 24-26. His invited presentations include: "New Scholarship on Science, Ideas and Philosophy" and "Beyond Golden Age and Decline," George Mason U, NEH Conference, March 14; "Henry Stubbe and the First Use of Christian Arabic Sources About Muhammad," University of Chicago, April 12; "'Ridda' and Empire: Muslim Conversion to Christianity in the Early Modern Period" and "Conversion Narratives in the Early Modern World," University of York, June 10; "In Their Own Words: Eastern Christians of the Ottoman Empire" and "The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe" (keynote), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 8; "The Arab World at the Eve of the Napoleonic Invasion" (De Lamar Jensen Lecture), October 20; "Mediterranean Piracy in the Early Modern Period: Through North African Eyes," University of Michigan, November 18. He also presented "Christian Arabic Views of the Ottomans in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries" at RSA, Montreal, March 24-26. His article, "Elizabeth through Moroccan Eyes," was reprinted in The Foreign Relations of Elizabeth I, edited by Charles Beem (2011). His essay, "Protestant Restorationism and the Ortelian Mapping of Palestine (with an afterword on Islam)," was included in The Calling of the Nations, edited by Mark Vessey et al. (University of Toronto Press, 2011). He participated in the BBC program, "How God made the English," London, July 6. He served as Co-Executive Editor of The Journal of Early Modern History.
Dan Philippon is serving as a Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, September 2011 to February 2012, after which he will be a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Turin and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, from March through June 2012.
Paula Rabinowitz was elected to the University of Minnesota Senate. She published Accessorizing the Body: Habits of Being 1, co-edited with Cristina Giorcelli (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). She held the Distinguished Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature in the People's Republic of China for spring 2011 at East China Normal University in Shanghai. She co-curated the fourth annual film series collaboration between the Walker Art Center and the University: "And Yet She Moves: Reviewing Feminist Cinema," 15 films screening at the Walker November 4-20, included films by Chantal Akerman, Bette Gordon, and Trinh T. Minh-ha. Rabinowitz also co-organized the November 24-25 symposium at Australia National University, Canberra, "Red Love and Proletarian Femmes Fatales."
Marty Roth (Emeritus) will publish Cultures of Memory, a cultural history of memory, with Academica Press.
Katherine Scheil published Shakespeare, Adaptation, Modern Drama: Essays in Honour of Jill Levenson, co-edited with Randall Martin (University of Toronto Press, 2011). She presented part of her new book on the afterlife of Anne Hathaway Shakespeare at the World Shakespeare Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, in July 2011. She is editing a special issue of the journal Critical Survey, which will include essays on the topic of "Stratford." Her book She Hath Been Reading: Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America will be published by Cornell University Press in 2012. She has been invited to join a team of international scholars (from Cambridge, The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK) on a research project entitled "Shakespeare and Commemoration," funded by the Spanish government.
Julie Schumacher will publish the young adult novel The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls with Delacorte in May 2012.
Madelon Sprengnether published "When Other Worlds Invite Us," a chapter from her memoir-in-progress "Great River Road," in the Laurel Review (fall 2010). Her prose poem "Anniversary 2" was reprinted in The Wind Blows, The Ice Breaks: Poems of Loss and Renewal (Nodin Press, 2010). Her essay "Psychoanalysis and Literature" is forthcoming in The American Publishing Textbook of Psychoanalysis. Graywolf Press has recently reprinted her memoir Crying at the Movies.