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Accolades May 15, 2014

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Professor Michael Sommers (theatre arts & dance) is among the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Award (PDF), which is $80,000. The award, from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is part of a special, ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts.

Professor Ray Gonzalez (English) will make his fourth appearance in the annual Best American Poetry anthology series (Simon and Schuster), this time with the poem "One El Paso, Two El Paso," selected for the 2014 iteration to be published in September.

Professor Paula Rabinowitz (English) published the third in her Habits of Being series (University of Minnesota Press), co-edited with Cristina Giorcelli. Fashioning the Nineteenth Century shows how certain items of apparel acquired the status of fashion and how fashion shifted from the realm of the elites into the emerging middle and working classes--and back.

Associate Professor Catherine Squires (communication studies) has published Post-Racial Mystique: Media and Race in the Twenty-First Century (NYU Press). She explores how a variety of media--the news, network television, and online, independent media--debate, define and deploy the term "post-racial" in their representations of American politics and society.

Associate Professor Timothy Lovelace's (music) new album Modern American Viola Music, with Maggie Snyder, was recently released on Arabesque Records. It includes seven works by Stephen Paulus, plus others. Find it online or through iTunes.

Professor Joanie Shapiro's (theatre arts & dance) company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, received a 2014 Art Works grant to support a dance residency. The residency will involve preliminary explorations for a new work titled "Tableau Vivant," choreographed by Joanie. The residency will take place at Tofte Lake Center, a creative retreat center for artists, scholars, and thinkers of all disciplines located on the shores of a secluded lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. While at Tofte, the dancers will also conduct workshops for other artists in the area.

Graduate students Adelia Chrysler and Moritz Meutzner (both German, Scandinavian & Dutch) have each received the Berman/Gross Fellowship Award from the Center for Jewish Studies to support their research during summer 2014.

Graduate student Brian Wilson (philosophy) will study food accessibility in Bolivia this summer through the Global Spotlight Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (GPS Alliance). His project will investigate the underlying causes of food inaccessibility, particularly in the Cochabamba department, in order to better inform governmental practices and contribute to the development of practical solutions.

Graduate student Hollie Nyseth Brehm (sociology) was named among the "30 Top Thinkers Under 30" by Pacific Standard: The Science of Society. They cite Hollie for her outstanding work as an emerging voice in genocide studies. She says, "While many people believe that genocide is unpredictable, I study how it is actually patterned. I am creating models to better understand the factors that influence why, when, and how genocide occurs." See April 18 on their list.

The following graduate students have received Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships from the Graduate School.

Carolyn Fraker (sociology): "Worker and Mother: Hybrid Welfare Programs in the Neoliberal Era"
Adviser: Teresa Gowan
Research Center: Center on Women and Public Policy
Faculty Mentor: Joe Soss
Jack Lam (sociology): "Hedging Risk in the Face of Precarious Employment: Examining the Job Insecurity-Health Relationship"
Adviser: Phyllis Moen
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentor: Michael Oakes
Matthew Luttig (political science): "Political Polarization and the Development of Partisan Group-Centrism"
Advisers: Howard Lavine & Chris Federico
Research Center: Center for the Study of Political Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Paul Goren
Maria Rebolleda Gomez (ecology, evolution & behavior): "Biological Individuality and the Evolution of Multicellularity"
Adviser: Michael Travisano
Research Center: Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Faculty Mentor: Alan Love
Jim Saliba (sociology): "Power, Race, and Equity: Governance Structure Changes and K-12 Educational Opportunity in the United States"
Advisers: Ron Aminzade & Rob Warren
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentor: Joe Soss
Molly Tun (Hispanic and Lusophone literatures, cultures & linguistics): "Articulations of Colonial Counting: Literary and Numeric Discourse in Early Modern Andean Accounts"
Advisers: Luis Ramos-Garcia & Nicholas Spadaccini
Research Center: Center for Early Modern History
Faculty Mentors: JB Shank & Sarah Chambers
Elizabeth Williams (history): "White Man's Country: Discourses of Race, Sexuality, and Indigeneity in Colonial Kenya, 1900-1960"
Advisers: Anna Clark & Patricia Lorcin
Research Center: Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
Faculty Mentor: Jigna Desai

Graduate student Laura Pigozzi (writing studies) has received a Consortium on Law and Values--Professional and Graduate Student Award. Her project is titled, "Examining the Gap Between a Morally Valid Consent and a Legally Adequate Consent, Entiende?"

These CLA people have received mini-grants from the Institute on the Environment:

Jane Blocker (art history) Art and the Environment Exhibit: Students from the class "Art and the Environment" will produce enlarged, mounted photo prints of their creations for an exhibition in the IonE Commons: Meeting and Art Space.
Katherine Klink (geography, environment and society) Do Urban Farms Ameliorate the Urban Heat Island?: Katherine will lead a team monitoring changes in temperature and humidity in an area that will be developed into an urban farm, hoping to understand how land use and land cover may alter the urban microclimate.
Roslye Ultan (art history) Sustainable Acts: Mother Earth's Embrace: Through workshops, roundtables and panel conversations involving artists, scientists and environmental practitioners, an exhibition integrating visual and musical arts and sciences will be designed to inspire audiences to participate in social and cultural change.
Michael Goldman (sociology) Planning for Bangalore's Great Transformation: Michael and his team will organize workshops in Bangalore and Minneapolis aiming to deepen relations across institutions to expand the study of human and environmental effects of Bangalore's rapid urban expansion.

The following graduate students have received Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.
Amelie Allard anthropology
Andrew Bergmann music
Cameron Bradley history
Wesley Burdine English
Sian Butcher geography
Karisa Butler-Wall American studies
Philip Chen political science
Shinho Cho psychology
Kailin Clarke economics
Joseph Curiale music
Kathryn Droske French
Ashley English political science
Sinan Erensu sociology
Nicole Garrett anthropology
Rachel Gibson French
Nayla Hamdi psychology
Chase Hobbs-Morgan political science
Andrew Hoyt history
Zhen Huo economics
Asli Ikizoglu geography
Kasey Keeler American studies
Sarah Lageson sociology
Patrick Laine philosophy
Brittany Lewis feminist studies
Ellen Manovich history
Carra Martinez theatre arts
Andrew Marzoni English
Liza Meredith psychology
Nathan Meyer anthropology
Keaton Miller economics
Zein Murib political science
Basit Hammad Qureshi history
Ian Ramsay psychology
Jack Rossbacheconomics
Michael Rowe English
Nicole Scott cognitive science
Jason Steffen philosophy
Stephen Suh sociology
Benjamin Utter English
Magic Wade political science
Ningyuan Wang psychology
Nathan Weaver Olson history
Alexander Wisnoski III history
Dag Yngvesson comparative studies in discourse and society
Ann Zimo history
Marla Zubel comparative literature

Accolades May 1, 2014

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Congratulations to both Professor Michael Hancher (English) and Professor Ann Waltner (history and Institute for Advanced Study) on receiving President's Awards for Outstanding Service.

Since joining the Department of English in 1972, Professor Hancher has served as Director of English Graduate Studies, CLA Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Chair of English, and most recently Vice Chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee of the Faculty Senate, which serves as the consulting body to President Eric Kaler and as the executive committee of the Faculty Senate.

Professor Waltner will be honored for her service as the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study with Performing the Past and Provoking the Future: Symposium on Interdisciplinary Collaboration, which will include presentations on collaborations between artist and scholars featuring Zhang Hong, Susan Mann, and Leigh Fondakowski, and a workshop exploring how collaboration can address urgent problems. The festivities will continue in the evening, with a dinner in her honor. Reservations and payment required for dinner; the symposium is free and open to the public without registration. More information.

The Office of Public Engagement, a unit of the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced that graduate student Rahsaan Mahadeo (sociology) received the 2014 UMN Outstanding Community Service Student Award. Congratulations, Rahsaan!

Distinguished McKnight University Professor of English John Watkins was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2014-15. He will be a senior research visitor at the Keble College Research Committee at Oxford University during fall 2014 and spring 2015. Watkins is completing a book project on interdynastic marriage in European peacemaking from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century.

Professor of English Geoff Sirc was honored March 22 at the 65th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis with a six-speaker tribute panel entitled "Never Mind Geoffrey Sirc." The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is the world's largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition.

Emeritus Professor of English Peter Reed contributed an essay to the book Kurt Vonnegut Drawings, a collection of artwork by Vonnegut which will be launched on May 14, 2014, at the Margo Feiden Gallery in New York. The book is edited by Vonnegut's daughter, Nanette Vonnegut, who also provides an introduction, and is published by Monacelli Press.

Professor and former senior administrator at the University of Minnesota Ann Hill Duin (writing studies) has been named one of four NITLE Fellows (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education). NITLE fellows are community leaders with proven backgrounds in higher education consulting and deep roots in the liberal education community. The importance of the liberal arts to technology has never been more urgent; Professor Duin's appointment will keep CLA engaged in these critical discussions. See the press release.

Two proposals from CLA groups have been awarded funds from the Graduate School's RFP for Innovative Ideas in Interdisciplinary Graduate Education: Tracey Deutsch (history), Rachel Schurman (sociology), and Emily Hoover (horticultural science) submitted a proposal for a Food Studies "field guide" and the CLA Committee on the Humanistic Commons submitted a proposal to create graduate research groups.

Rie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) has won the 2014 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award given by Larry and Deirdre Mechelke following a competition held in their home on April 25.

Eric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) received a grant from the Rislov Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI for excellence in classical music, based on his recording of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto performed in a faculty/student recital at MacPhail Center for Music in February. This summer he will attend the AlpenKammerMusik music festival in Austria as a scholarship recipient and the only clarinetist.

All four English PhD candidates nominated for a Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship received the award. The DDF supports students in writing dissertations across an academic year. Congrats to Andrew Marzoni, Wes Burdine, Mike Rowe, and Ben Utter.

Accolades April 17, 2014

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Professor John Watkins (English) has has been named a 2014 fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. During his fellowship, Watkins will complete a book he is writing about marriage diplomacy in the late middle ages to the end of the 17th century. Read more

Graduate student Anthony Jimenez (sociology) has been awarded the Ford Foundation 2014 Predoctoral Fellowship.

Institute for Advanced Study Research and Creative Collaboratives for 2014-15 are announced. The following lists only the CLA people involved with each collaborative. Read more

Agri-Food
Valentine Cadieux (sociology)
Tracey Deutsch (history)
Rachel Schurman (sociology)

Brecht's America: Rehearsing Failure
Lisa Channer (theatre arts & dance)
Matthias Rothe (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)

Code Work: Exploring Digital Studies Through Code
Chris Lindgren (writing studies)

Engaged Art in the Social Sphere
Christine Baeumler (art)
Howard Oransky (Nash Gallery and art)
Christina Schmid (art)

Heritage
Kat Hayes (anthropology)
Kevin Murphy (American studies and history)

Improvising Ecosystems
Scott Currie (music)
Maja Radovanlija (music)
Diane Willow (art)

Private for the Public Good? Media Treatments of Education, Citizenship and Opportunity in the United States
Mary Vavrus (communication studies)

Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in post-Stalinist Europe

Alejandro Baer (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies)
Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program)
Joachim Savelsberg (sociology)

Rethinking Visual Media Studies after the Digital Revolution

Jason McGrath (Asian languages & literatures)
Laurie Ouellette (communication studies)
Graeme Stout (cultural studies and comparative literature)

Well-Being in the Midwest African Diaspora
Keith A. Mayes (African American & African studies)
Catherine Squires (communication studies)

Where is Nature Now?
Christine Baeumler (art)
Sean Connaughty (art)

Accolades April 3, 2014

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Professor Thomas Rose (art) has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the project Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of the Arts. The project brings together faculty from CLA who have expertise in Chinese art with experts at Carleton, St. Olaf, St. Thomas, Macalester, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. With partners in China, these institutions will solidify and expand connections and collaborations in the field of Chinese arts. Look for more exchanges of artists and students between China and Minnesota over the next three years.

Professor Jan Estep (art) has been named Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts for 2014-17. Over the next few years she will focus on her ongoing Thinking Portraits project, for which she shadowed a team of cognitive neuroscientists using fMRI imagery to study how the brain processes language. And a related interest is the relationship of spirituality and mindfulness to contemporary art, following up her Are you there, Guanyin? installation at the MIA and other recent works.

Professor Ana Paula Ferreira (Spanish & Portuguese studies) has been named Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities.

Professor Joanie Smith (theatre arts and dance) has been awarded the John Black Johnston Distinguished Professorship. Her dance company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, will open her new work, "NARCISSUS," at the Cowles Center for Dance April 17-19.

Japanese Director of Language Instruction Michiko Buchanan's (Asian languages and literatures) students were all prize winners at the 28th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest held at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago on March 22. Yiqing Ma won fourth prize, Jue Sun won the Bonjinsha Award, and Phillip Yocca Bachman won the grand prize.

Professors Wayne Potratz and Jan Estep (both art) are featured in segments on the next Minnesota Original, set to start airing this Sunday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m. on TPT.

Professor James Dillon (music) was guest composer at Stanford University in February, giving a masterclass and teaching composition. In addition, his work was performed that month in New York (Talea Ensemble), Seattle (Séverine Ballone), Chicago (Fonema Consort) and San Francisco (San Francisco New Music Players). In addition to his residency at the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, he will be the composer-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory in December 2014.

Assistant Professor Adriana Zabala (music) is currently performing the role of Sesto Pompeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee. The Journal Sentinel said of her performance, "Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala gave a strikingly believable performance in the 'pants' role of Sextus. She blended vocal clarity, a youthful emotional directness and a light-footed stage presence to create a highly sympathetic character." In February she performed the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Jacksonville Symphony.

Professor Becky Shockley (music) has been nominated to receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her DMA. She will receive the award during the May 7 commencement ceremonies at CU-Boulder. She also gave a presentation on Mapping Music at the Texas Music Educators Association State Convention in San Antonio in February.

Graduate student Tammy Owens (American studies) has been awarded a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship from the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.

Several graduate students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication took home awards at the 2014 American Academy of Advertising (AAA) Conference.

Taemin Kim and Okhyun Kim won Best Student Paper award with their paper "Effects of Ironic Advertising on Consumers' Attention, Involvement and Attitude." This award is given to the single best paper written only by students. Minnesota graduate students have swept this award three years in a row since this award was created in 2012.
Heewon Im won the AAA Doctoral Dissertation Award with her dissertation proposal "Effects of Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising on Patients' Medication Regimen Adherence."
Soojung Kim won a Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant and presented three solo-authored and co-authored papers.
Jennifer Lueck, Xiaoyan Liu, and Yun Peng presented a research paper which was produced from their class team project (other co-authors include Ben Miller and Sarah Cavanah).
And finally, Associate Professor Jisu Huh won AAA Research Fellowship Award with her co-authored research proposal "Influence of Endorser Testimonials in Print Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising."

Graduate student Meagan Tripp (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) has been awarded a DAAD grant for the 2014-15 academic year to conduct research on her dissertation, "Dance on the Page, Poetry on Stage: Intersections between Modernist German Poetry and Dance."

Accolades March 20, 2014

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The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures has been selected to be the 12th Chinese language department in the nation offering a Chinese Flagship Program. Flagship Program grants are awarded by the Department of Defense and Institute of International Education and provide funds for the training of undergraduate students to attain the highest level of proficiency in Chinese language while pursuing their bachelor degrees. The program includes both home and abroad study, with a capstone year at a Chinese university. The award recognizes the strengths of our Chinese language program and builds on these strengths to create new opportunities for our undergraduate students.

Professor Rose Brewer (African American & African studies) is the 2014 Dean's Medalist. She will speak on "Black Life in the 21st Century U.S.: Complexities of Political Economy, Race, and Ideology" at the Faculty Excellence Celebration on April 8.

Professors Cesare Casarino (cultural studies & comparative literature), Erin Kelly (sociology) and Katherine Scheil (English) are 2014-17 Scholars of the College.

Professor Jennifer Pierce (American studies) has been appointed to the Paul W. Frenzel Professorship in Liberal Arts. The endowed chair serves for three years and is intended to support and encourage innovative, distinctive scholarship and teaching in the liberal arts.

Associate professors Michael Goldman (sociology) and Kelley Harness (music) have received the Arthur "Red" & Helene B. Motley Exemplary Teaching Award.

Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (history) has been awarded the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award. Recipients of this award become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and receive a $15,000 one-time award that reflects the University's strong and enduring commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate education.

Professor and chair Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies) has been awarded the Graduate and Professional Teaching Award. Recipients of this award become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and receive a $15,000 one-time award, which reflects the University's strong and enduring commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate education.

Assistant Professor Travis Workman (Asian languages & literatures) was named a University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professor, a two-year award designed to enhance the careers of our most promising junior faculty. The professorship includes a $25,000 stipend to support Travis' research project, "Melodrama and the Cold War: Ideas and Emotion in Korean Cinemas."

Professor John Watkins (English) will be a senior research visitor at the Keble College Research Committee at Oxford University during fall 2014 and spring 2015. He has also received an ACLS fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year.

Professor Tom Brothen (psychology) will receive the 2014 Walter D. Mink Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award from the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA). The award will be presented at the 2014 MPA Annual Convention on April 12. From department chair Monica Luciana: "Tom's greatest interest and passion has been Introductory Psychology, which he first taught as an instructor in the University of Minnesota's General College in 1971. He proceeded to teach the course more or less continuously for 43 full years! He currently serves in the role of faculty director of our Introduction to Psychology course (Psy 1001). Taken by approximately 2,400 students every year, this is by far the largest course offered at the University. One of Tom's greatest contributions to the field has been his pioneering use and relentless promotion of on-line teaching. These efforts have been nationally recognized by organizations such as the APA and NSF. Tom has also been devoted to the instruction of students with disabilities. Tom has published 84 papers, most of them on the teaching of psychology. Many have been co-authored with undergraduate students, who clearly have a great respect and admiration for Tom."

Emeritus Professor Ron Anderson (sociology) was awarded a 2014-15 Professional Development Grant for Retirees, for his project, "A Handbook on World Suffering." His latest book is Human Suffering and Quality of Life: Conceptualizing Stories and Statistics (Springer Publishers, 2013).

Professor Timothy Brennan was named Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities for 2014-17. He has also just published Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies (Stanford University). "A critical revaluation of the humanist tradition, Borrowed Light makes the case that the 20th century is the 'anticolonial century.' "

Associate Professor Matthew Mehaffey's (music) concert with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, "Music of Downton Abbey," sold out on March 8, so an additional concert was scheduled for March 15--also full. Downton Abbey sells.

Professor Traci Mann (psychology) and grad student Sarah Schellinger (speech-language-hearing sciences) both received Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grants from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. They--along with three other faculty investigators--will enroll and collect data from State Fair attendees at the U of M's new Driven to Discover building.

Professor Douglas Hawkins (statistics) will be honored at the American Statistical Association SPES Section's spring research conference in June.

Associate Professor Karen Painter (musicology) will be a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University in 2014-15.

Associate Professor Kale Fajardo's (American studies) essay "Transportation" is part of a new exhibition with The Center for Art + Thought. You can find an interview with Kale at their website.

Professor Bill Beeman (anthropology) addressed the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland on March 14. The title of his address was "Shi'a Muslim Civil Rights in World Communities: A Continuing Dilemma." He discussed the treatment of Shi'a minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bahrain in particular.

Graduate student Waleed Mahdi's (American studies) paper "Marked Off: Hollywood's Untold Story of Arabs, Muslims, and Camels" was recently published as a chapter in the comprehensive collection Muslims and American Popular Culture.

Graduate student Jennifer Olson (music) won first place in the National Association of Teacher of Singing Artist Award District Competition, for which each singer prepares a full recital. She will compete in the regionals later this spring.

Accolades March 6, 2014

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Professor Emeritus Guy Gibbon (anthropology) has published Critically Reading the Theory and Methods of Archaeology: An Introductory Guide. (New York: AltaMira, 2013). It's described as a, "thorough and practical guide to the essential critical reading and writing skills that all students, instructors, and practitioners should have. It provides priceless insight for the here and now of the Theory and Methods of Archaeology classes and for a lifetime of reading, learning, teaching, and writing."

Rarig Center is #4 on the list of Most Amazing College Campus Theaters in the United States by BestCollegeReviews.org. Lots of interesting and prestigious spaces on the list--good company!

Professor Kathleen Hansen (journalism and mass communication) has won the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Associate Professor Akosua Addo (music education) presented "Playing with Music and Math" at the Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic. She also just published "Amango: Movement in the Context of the Ghanaian Singing Game" in the winter 2014 edition of The Orff Echo.

Associate Professor Scott Lipscomb (music education) presented "Making music ... REALLY: Musical composition and improvisation for implementation by ANY teacher" at the Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic. He then traveled to Knoxville, Tenn. for the regional conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (for which he is president) and the College Music Society, where he presented "Rocking the web: Teaching music appreciation online" about his innovative online rock history course, which he teaches during summer sessions in an online format.

Assistant Professor Laura Sindberg (music education) also presented at the recent Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic, on, "Who? Me? Towards Becoming a Change Agent and an Excellent Teacher."

Accolades February 6, 2014

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Teaching specialist Toni Pierce-Sands (dance), Uri Sands, and their company, TU Dance, received a $500,000 award from the Knight Foundation as part of a major initiative for arts organizations in St. Paul. This award is intended to support TU Dance's efforts to diversify the local dance community. Read more

Associate Professor Philip Sellew (Classical and Near Eastern studies) is the principal investigator for "Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age," which has just been awarded $175,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Researchers here and at Oxford University will study Christian identity in Greco-Roman Egypt by building a digital transcription tool for the Coptic language and a web-based interface that will permit scholars to analyze crowd-sourced transcriptions of ancient papyri found in a trash heap in Egypt documenting the everyday lives and activities of early Christians in the Mediterranean. Read more

Professor and chair Joseph R. Allen (Asian languages and literatures) has won the Joseph Levenson Prize for nonfiction scholarly books on post-1900 China, for his book Taipei: City of Displacements. The Levenson prizes (another is given for books on pre-1900 China) are the most important in the field of Chinese studies and are awarded to the English-language books that make the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China.

Professors Rachel Schurman and Ron Aminzade (sociology) received a Global Spotlight Seed Grant for their project, "The New Green Revolution and the Politics of Agricultural Policy-Making in Tanzania." Their co-investigators are Deborah Levison (Humphrey School) and Dr. Paul Manda (University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania).

Research associate Kirsten Valentine Cadieux (sociology and geography) is part of a team of co-investigators who received a Global Spotlight Seed Grant for their project, "Building Popular Food Security Institutions: Developing Policy-Oriented Curriculum for Translating between Political Agro-Ecology Practice and Policy Reform in Nepal, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the E.U." Her co-investigators are Bhaskar Upadhyay (curriculum and instruction), Renata Blumberg (geography), and Jahi Chappell (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy).

Associate Professor Kale Fajardo (American studies) has a new essay, "Queering and Transing the Great Lakes: Filipino/a Tomboy Masculinities and Manhoods across Waters" in a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies called "Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Midwest." Read the essay

Professor David Knoke's (sociology) book, Economic Networks (published in 2012 by Polity Press, Cambridge, UK) was selected by Choice magazine as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013. The January issue lists 22 sociology titles, and 663 titles in 54 disciplines and subsections, from more than 7,000 books that Choice reviewed last year.

Education specialist Beth Kautz and senior lecturer Jenneke Oosterhoff (both German, Scandinavian & Dutch) have each been awarded a P&A Professional Development Leave by CLA this semester. Beth will travel to Germany and write a book chapter about teaching environmental and sustainability issues in the foreign language classroom. Jenneke will be working on a textbook for learning Dutch.

Professor Christopher Uggen (sociology), and Associate Professors Roy Cook (philosophy) and Dan Philippon (English) are recipients of international travel grants from Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Associate Professor and chair Carl Flink's (theatre arts and dance) TED Talk, "Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal," created with John Bohannon, went "platinum" on TED.com last week, with more than 1 million views since it posted. Watch it now, if you weren't one of the first million to do so.

Professor Bill Beeman (anthropology) has a paper in the forthcoming Social Change in Post-Khomeni Iran, edited by Mahmood Monshipouri, to be published by Georgetown later this year. Bill's paper is titled "Post-Revolutionary Iran: Democracy or Theocracy?" Read more about the research initiative.

Two CLA students were winners of USpatial Mapping Prize awards. Taylor Long (Master of Geographic Information Science) won in the Best Cartography category. Rebecca Barney (geography undergraduate) won for Best Interactive Map. All entries can be viewed online, and they are worth a look for anyone with an interest in maps and their possibilities.

Accolades January 23, 2014

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Professor Jean O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been selected by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to serve as the Secretary's appointee to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education scholarship fund. The five-member board oversees the scholarship fund that was authorized by the Cobell Settlement, to provide financial assistance to Native American students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.

In announcing the appointment, Secretary Jewell said of Jeani and co-appointee Pamela Agoyo of the University of New Mexico, "... their accomplishments have opened the doors of higher education to all American Indians and Alaska Natives. Their experience and expertise will be exceptionally valuable to the Board of Trustees, as the scholarship fund helps students across Indian Country access the higher education they need to succeed in today's world."

The following staff members were honored with Outstanding Service Awards at a reception on Tuesday, January 22.

Lynn Argetsinger (external relations)
Clare Beer (undergraduate programs)
Mary Drew (sociology)
Esther Maruani (psychology)
Orbe Stricherz (psychology)
Teresa Sutton (English)
Kara Tacheny (CLA administration)
Stephanie Treat (Language Center)

Classical and Near Eastern Studies/Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature department staff:
Claire Anderson
Kate Gallagher
Barbara Lehnhoff
Derk Renwick
Jesse Stroess

CLA OIT Media Services Work Group:
Celina Byers
Laura Cervin
Sarah Knoblauch
Rebecca Moss
David Ullman

These CLA faculty members will be Institute for Advanced Study Fellows:
Fall 2014
Elaine Auyoung (English): Missing Fiction: The Feeling of Realism
Katharine Gerbner (history): Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World, 1660-1760
Njeri Githire (African American & African studies): (In)edible ideologies: Food, Identity and the (Post)Colonial Subject in African Literary and Cultural Expression
Dominic Taylor (theatre arts & dance): Ice, Man - Black in White: Black Bodies on Stage in Classic White Roles

Spring 2015
Katherine Hayes (anthropology): Bohemian Flats Public Memory Project: Archaeology, Public History and Heritage
Leslie Morris (German, Scandinavian & Dutch): Lacunae: The Loss of Loss
David Valentine (anthropology): Off the Rock: Human Futures in Outer Space

Professor Emeritus Michael Dennis Browne (English) has been awarded the 2014 Graven Award by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) held its 88th annual meeting in Minneapolis on January 2 - 5. Seven faculty members and students from our Institute of Linguistics participated. Linguistics undergraduates Carolyn Spadine, Andrew Hedding and Maria Stolen had their papers accepted for presentation at the meeting. It is unusual for undergraduates to present papers at the LSA. Most papers accepted for presentation are from faculty and graduate students, and the overall acceptance rate is 35%.

This is the first time in over 20 years that the conference has been held in Minnesota. For more details, see the Linguistic Society of America.

In his list of 100 Best Albums of 2013, critic Ted Gioia listed Alex Lubet's (music) Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar #52. Lubet composed and performed all the music on the album.

Professor and chair Joan Tronto (political science) will receive an honorary doctoral degree from the University for Humanistic Studies in the Netherlands next week. More info

Accolades December 12, 2013

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Assistant Professor Chris Larson (art) has been accepted into the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition runs March 7 through May 25, 2014 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, curated by Anthony Elms, Michelle Grabner and Stuart Comer. Read more and see the list of artists.

Professor and chair Abdi Samatar (geography) was elected a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). The AAS is an Africa-wide scientific organization that honors internationally renowned African scientists and encourages the development of the research and technology base throughout Africa. The membership has been extended to scientists from other continents. The membership now stands at 233 fellows.

Professor Gene Borgida (psychology) was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Gene was the only University of Minnesota-Twin Cities faculty member to achieve this honor and the only social psychologist in the United States within this year's round. In all, the AAAS Council elected 388 members as fellows across scientific disciplines. Read the MN Daily article

The Department of History swept the Council of Graduate Schools/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation awards in the humanities. New assistant professor Austin Mason received the award for his Boston College dissertation, "Listening to the Early Medieval Dead: Religious Practices in Britain, 400-1000 C.E." The runner-up was Caley Horan, a recent Ph.D., for her dissertation "Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Postwar United States," advised by Elaine Tyler May and Lary May. Caley is currently a lecturer in the history department at Princeton. The CGS/Proquest awards are biennial, meaning these are the two best humanities dissertations of all major graduate schools of the past two years.

Associate Professor Alan Love (philosophy) has been awarded a $425,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation for his project "Integrating Generic and Genetic Explanations of Biological Phenomena," with co-principal investigator William Wimsatt (current Winton chair-holder). his project brings together a diverse team of scholars in philosophy and biology to address the problem of integrating different types of explanations from scientific approaches to better understand life's complexity. The project will result in substantial advances in our understanding of three different domains of biological phenomena, establish a new collaborative networks of scientists, and illuminate the means and motivation of progress in biological knowledge over time.

Professor Emeritus Lary May (American studies) is the recipient of the Mid-America American Studies Association 2013 Elizabeth Kolmer Award, which is given annually to honor teaching and mentoring in the field of American Studies and service to MAASA.

Professor Bill Beeman (anthropology) authored a chapter, "U.S.-Iran Relations: Mutually Assured Estrangement," in the new book Iran Foreign Policy since 2001: Alone in the World (Routledge). Bill is making the chapter available to interested colleagues in CLA.

The fall 2013 issue of Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German is focused on environmental topics, as proposed by Professor Charlotte Melin (German, Scandinavian & Dutch), who also wrote one of the essays. The editors' letter and the volume's first essay mention GSD's Green German Project and the influential workshop "Grünes Deutschland," led by Beth Kautz and and Charlotte at the Goethe-Institut, Chicago in 2012.

Graduate student Jasmine Tang (American studies) had her essay "'A Tennessean in an Unlikely Package': The Stand-Up Comedy of Henry Cho," published in Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South (University of Illinois Press), edited by Khyati Joshi and Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies).

Graduate student Jim Hall (scientific and technical communication) had his article, "It's about the User: Applying Usability in Open-Source Software," published in the December issue of Linux Journal, a journal about Linux and open source software. The article is about usability in open source software, and is based on a usability study from one of his STC classes.

CLA Events: Engaging and Inspiring

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By Bud Duvall, interim dean

When I assumed the role of interim dean of CLA, I looked forward to the many new and exciting ways that I would engage with collegiate and University communities. Witnessing and participating in celebrations of the creative and academic achievements of CLA faculty, students, and staff have come to be a favorite part of my job, and a salient reminder of the continued importance of the liberal arts mission and ongoing impact.

In the past few weeks, I have been honored to attend a variety of engaging and inspiring events hosted by CLA departments and schools, including:
• the Sovereignty Matters panel discussion (presented by the Department of American Indian Studies & the Circle of Indigenous Nations), in which six of our faculty gave stimulating presentations about facets of the sovereignty of indigenous nations;
• the School of Music's annual Collage Concert, which included outstanding professional-quality performances by choral, orchestral, jazz, chamber, world music, and band ensembles to a packed and enthralled house at Ted Mann;
• the dance program's Dance Revolutions concert at the state-of-the-art Barbara Barker Center for Dance, which featured five beautiful performances by troupes of our students and in several instances choreographed by our faculty;
• the 10th anniversary celebration of the Regis Center for Art, our extraordinary facility at which wonderful artistic works of faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Art were exhibited;
• the dedication of the renovated Kilburn Theater in Rarig Center, a lovely evening of recognition of the donors who made the renovation possible, as well as a performance demonstration of the great, multi-purpose instructional, research, and performance space;
• the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute public roundtable on climate change, featuring three leading economist experts (two of whom are distinguished alums of our economics department, and one a Regents professor), who presented cutting-edge analysis in highly accessible terms to an audience of approximately 250 very engaged people;
• a celebration honoring economics alumnus Rüşdü Saraçoğlu (Ph.D., 1980), a recent recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, a University-wide award for alumni who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers. Rüşdü provided major public service as Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey and the Turkish Minister of Finance, and he played a lead role in the private sector by presiding over the largest conglomerate in Turkey.

In addition to finding personal enjoyment, I've discovered that I learn something at each of these events about the depth and breadth of our faculty and student work. There are many opportunities over the next few weeks for you to engage, as well, and I hope you will make the effort to do so. I invite you to join me at the University Opera Theatre production of The Bartered Bride or University Theatre's production (opening today) of Joan: Voices in the Fire, just to name two of the forthcoming events.

Faculty and students in the College of Liberal Arts continue to do amazingly impressive work. As dean, it is my distinct honor and privilege to share those accomplishments with the broader CLA community, and I look forward to celebrating with you at an upcoming event.

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