Assistant professor Kate Derickson (geography, environment & society) has been named a 2015-2017 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. Her work explores and attempts to remediate the uneven capacity of historically marginalized communities to influence urban and environmental futures. The twin contexts of the "urban age" and the Anthropocene produce emergent, critical public policy challenges. The uneven ability of poor communities of color to participate in and influence those decision making processes poses an urgent challenge that is not addressed by popular frameworks like "resilience." Kate has proposed "resourcefulness" as an alternative public policy objective.
Senior lecturer Dan Karvonen's (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) English translation of Finnish author Jari Tervo's crime novel Pyhiesi yhteyteen has been published by Ice Cold Crime as Among the Saints. Although Tervo's novels have been translated into many languages, this is his first book to appear in English. Each chapter is told in the first person by 35 different people affected by a murder that occurs in the woods of Finnish Lapland.
Associate professor Jennifer Marshall (art history) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for her project "The Life and Work of African American Folk Artist William Edmondson (ca.1874-1951)."
Grad student Peter John (music; piano/composition) premiered his piano trio "The Clock-Trees" with Duo Parnas at Subculture in New York City on December 22. This piece was commissioned by Latitude 45 artists and Duo Parnas and will be performed in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in the spring.
Music faculty David Walsh (opera), Kathy Saltzman Romey (choral), Adriana Zabala (voice), and Philip Zawisza (voice), and University of Minnesota Chorus and Orchestra are featured in the February 2015 Opera News DVD review of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's oratorio Parables. The review, titled "Twist of Faith" says "Robert Aldridge's uplifting oratorio suggests that we must recognize differences before we can reconcile humanity's various beliefs." The production was directed by David Walsh.
J. C., NB, Festive frost, TLS 12 Dec 2014 plus Hancher article.pdfProfessor Michael Hancher's (English) article "Dickens's First Effusion" was published in the December Dickens Quarterly and referenced in the Times Literary Supplement (London) in their December 12 issue in the "N.B." section on the back page of that journal. This editor was surprised to learn that Dickens Quarterly is just one of three Dickens-related scholarly journals in publication (also The Dickensian and Dickens Studies Annual).
Professor Jigna Desai's (gender, women, & sexuality studies) book Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South was selected by the editorial staff of Choice magazine as one of their Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014. The list includes 651 print books and 39 electronic resources chosen by the Choice editorial staff "for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important--often the first--treatment of their subject." See the full list.
Undergrad Drew Christensen (political science) was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in November. He represents Burnsville. Read more
The following faculty will be residential fellows in the Institute for Advanced Study next year. Complete project descriptions at the IAS website.
Michael Gallope (cultural studies and comparative literature): New Ontologies of Sonic Writing
Cindy Garcia (theatre arts & dance): How to Make it to the Salsa Dance Floor
Helena Pohlandt-McCormick (history): The Graves of Dimbaza: Reconsidering the Resilience of Race in the Post-Apartheid Present
Amit Yahav (English): Moments: Qualitative Time in Eighteenth-Century Culture
Annie Hill (gender, women, & sexuality studies): Sex Trafficking, Migration, and Law
Michael Lower (history): Violence and Religious Difference in the Premodern Mediterranean