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Accolades April 23, 2015

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Regents Professor Allen Isaacman (history) has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies, the American Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education. Allen's 2015 classmates include Pulitzer Prize-winner Holland Cotter, singer-songwriter Judy Collins, Nike co-founder Philip Knight, Nobel Prize-winner Brian Kobilka, Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and novelist Tom Wolfe. Read more

Professor Tim Kehoe (economics) and associate professor Matthew Canepa (art history) have received Guggenheim fellowships. The 12-month fellowship will support Matthew's multi-volume research project, "Royal Glory, Divine Fortune and the Iranian Expanse," which examines the development of the visual cultures and spatial environments of power in Persia and the ancient Iranian world. Tim will be studying the impact of 20 years of NAFTA and trade liberalization. Read more about Tim's and Matthew's awards.

Professor Chris Uggen (sociology) is part of a team that has received a $3.8 million grant from the Arnold Foundation for the project, "Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions." His collaborators include scholars at University of Washington, Northwestern, University of Texas, and elsewhere.

Graduate student Akshya Saxena (cultural studies and comparative literature) has received a 2014-15 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her dissertation, Vernacular Englishes: Language and Democratic Politics in Post-liberalization India. ACLS made 70 awards, which include a $30,000 stipend plus up to $8,000 for research and university fees. Fellows from 29 universities and nearly 20 fields of humanistic study were selected from a pool of close to 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process.

Graduate student Colleen Bertsch (music) received a 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Student award to Romania. She will spend nine months in the Transylvanian region to conduct fieldwork for her dissertation, tentatively called Transylvanian Folk Violinists and their Coarticulation of Embodied Musical Techniques and Identity Performance. Her activities will include interviewing, recording, and learning various playing techniques from Hungarian, Romanian, and Roma folk violinists.

Graduate student Zack Pentecost (music) won the 2015 Duluth Superior Symphony Young Composer Competition. His piece After-Layer will be performed May 3. He has also been commissioned by the Charlotte New Music Festival to compose a work for the New York-based loadbang ensemble. His work Steel Wheels was performed at the Tutti New Music Festival. His Fantasy and Reflections on an Air received three performances, including at the Eastman School of Music.

Graduate student Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (music) was awarded a $1,200 scholarship from the Fondation de soutien des arts de Laval (Québec, Canada). This is the eighth time he has won this prestigious Canadian scholarship.

These CLA faculty members have received IDEA Multicultural Research Awards from the Office for Equity and Diversity.
Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies): Rethinking Asian American Displacement and Erasure in the U.S. South
Keith Mayes (African American & African studies): For the Sake of Internal Security: Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and the Silencing of Black Power
Jimmy Patiño (Chicano studies): "A Time for Resistance": Transnational Chicano Identity, Immigrant Rights, and Abolition Democracy in the Chicano Movement.
Hyejoon Rim (journalism & mass communication): A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Corporate Social Responsibility: Public Perception of CSR in the United States, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates

Accolades April 9, 2015

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Chair Al Tims (journalism & mass communication) has been named the 2014 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism & Mass Communication Administrator of the Year. "Al Tims has a passion for excellence. You can sense it in any conversation you might have with him. His thoughts and words and eventual actions are driven by this simple concept: How can we become better?" noted SJMC faculty members Chris Ison and Keith Moyer in their recommendation letter. This annual award recognizes excellence in administration of a journalism and mass communication program, including vision, leadership and creativity. The cash prize that accompanies it is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation. Read more

Professors Christophe Wall-Romana (French & Italian) and Gail Dubrow (history) have received American Council of Learned Societies fellowships for 2014-15. Gail's project is titled "Japonisme Revisited: Reckoning with the Embrace, Appropriation, and Survival of Japanese Culture in America, 1868-1945" and Christophe's is "Kinopsis: Astronomy, Photography, and Pre-Cinema in the Nineteenth Century."

Associate professor Shaden M. Tageldin (cultural studies and comparative literature) has been awarded a 2015 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars from the American Council of Learned Societies. One of only 11 recipients nationwide, Shaden will hold her fellowship in 2016-2017 at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, where she will work on her second book, Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature The book traces the rise of modern comparative literature across the Arabic-speaking world, Europe, and elsewhere to empire, the imperium of modern scientific method, and their entwined impact on ideologies of language.

Professor Brenda Child (history) received the National American Indian Book Award presented by the Labriola Center at Arizona State University for her book My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation (2014).

Affiliate faculty member Jeffrey Van (music) is featured on two Minnesota Public Radio "Archive on The Radio" specials, titled Four Decades-Six Strings: Jeffrey Van, Guitar, originally broadcast March 31 and April 7. The first program looked at the development of music for the guitar from an historical perspective. The second program concentrated on music of the 20th and 21st centuries for guitar and featured a number of Minnesota composers.

Professor Traci Mann (psychology) has published Secrets from the Eating Lab (HarperWave). In short, she addresses the science of weight loss, the myth of willpower, and why you should never diet again. The release party (with ice cream!) is April 16 at Vinaigrette and Traci will read at the U Bookstore on April 23 at 4:00.

Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether (English) has two new books published: Great River Road: Memoir and Memory (a memoir) and Near Solstice: Prose Poems. From Rosellen Brown, author of Civil Wars: "Great River Road is a candid personal story and a far larger one: an intriguing take on the challenge of revisiting our lives, taking pleasure in old joys, and overcoming our natural resistance to the painful parts. Sprengnether's conclusion that memory is a 'process rather than a product, a verb rather than a noun' is the perfect way to open tight-shut doors to the forgiveness of others and of the self."

Associate professor Kieran McNulty (anthropology) is part of a team that has received a $3.2 million NIH grant. The funded study proposes to develop precise diagnostic and prognostic tools for the evaluation of current facial size and shape and prediction of the timing and magnitude of facial growth. The goal is to develop more effective treatment and intervention for jaw and teeth deformities.

Professors Paul Shambroom and James Henkel (art) and MFA candidate Xavier Tavera are included in 100+: A Photograph For Every Year of the MIA, now on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Professor David Myers (music) is chairing a national task force for the College Music Society that is recommending transformational change in the undergraduate music curriculum. Emphasizing creativity, integration, and diversity, the task force report will be released in conjunction with CMS's annual conference in St. Louis in late October. The task force has met in person and via teleconferences for 15 months and comprises music faculty from the Universities of Michigan, Washington, and Miami; Fredonia State University; Colorado College; Boston University; and UCLA.

Professor Ana Paula Ferreira (Spanish & Portuguese) is the 2015-16 president of the American Portuguese Studies Association.

Assistant professor Adriana Zabala (music) recently received positive reviews for her performance in the Minnesota Opera's production of The Manchurian Candidate. Wall Street Journal wrote, "The Minnesota Opera fielded a strong cast... Adriana Zabala was a witty, charming Rosie." Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote, "The mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala is effective as Rosie Chayney, a sophisticated young woman who meets Marco on a train." Adriana was also the alto soloist with the Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra in Boston for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis on March 21

Institute for Advanced Study announced their Research and Creative Collaboratives for 2015-16. Please see their website for detailed descriptions of these projects.

Agrifood
Valentine Cadieux (sociology)
Tracey Deutsch (history)
Rachel Schurman (sociology)
Stephen Carpenter, Farmers Legal Action Group

Beyond the Modernist Understanding of Consciousness
JB Shank (history)
Apostolos Georgopoulos (neuroscience, Medical School)

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

Environmental Humanities
Daniel Philippon (English)
Charlotte Melin (German Scandinavian & Dutch)

Heritage Studies
Katherine Hayes (anthropology)
Kevin Murphy (history)
Gregory Donofrio (architecture, CDES)

Improvising Ecosystems
Diane Willow (art)
Scott Currie (music)
Maja Radovanlija (music)
Matthew Tucker (landscape architecture, CDES)

Performance and Social Justice
Ananya Chatterjea (theatre arts & dance)
Jigna Desai (gender, women, & sexuality studies)
Rose Brewer (African & African American studies)
Roli Dwivedi (family medicine/community health, Medical School)
Hui Wilcox (sociology, St. Catherine's University)

Product Design, Social Science and the Humanities
William Beeman (anthropology)
William Durfee (mechanical engineering, CSE)
Lana Yarosh (computer science and engineering, CSE)
Joseph Konstan (computer science and engineering, CSE)

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

Accolades March 26, 2015

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Professor Jean O'Brien (history) has been named a 2015 Distinguished McKnight University Professor.

MFA students Chris Groth, Amber White and Nicholas Wells (art), along with alumnus Woody Stauffer (BA 2014), will present a performance project during the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama on March 28. The conceptual core of their performance lies in the act of making one's mark. They'll use a handmade plow with a red­hot cast iron blade to scribe a 50-foot arcing furrow in the soil, rooting the act in the agrarian tradition of breaking ground in contrast with the role of the hunter­-gatherer. More info

Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey's (music) new book,
Helmuth Rilling: Messiah, Understanding and Performing Handel's Masterpiece, was released by Carus-Verlag. Watch a video featuring Kathy and Rilling.

Professor Charles Baxter's new collection, There's Something I'd Like You to Do: Stories (Pantheon), received positive reviews in The New York Times' Sunday Book Review and in The New York Review of Books.

Professor Steve Gudeman's (anthropology) latest book, Economy and Ritual: Studies of Postsocialist Transformations, has just been published. It is volume I in the Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy Series by Berghahn. (Vol. 2 in a month or two.)

Associate professor Vinay Gidwani (geography, environment & society) is the recipient of a 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. His project, In The Country and the City: For a Poetics of Informal Economies in Contemporary India, is a collaboration with gender, women, and sexuality studies scholar Priti Ramamurthy (University of Washington, Seattle) where they document "the experiences, life-making activities, and desires of poor urban migrants working in India's cities while remaining connected to the villages from whence they came." The teams of scholars selected for ACLS funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology, and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications.

Graduate student Meryl Lodge (anthropology) has been awarded a spot in this year's highly competitive Mellon Summer Seminar in Dance Studies.

Administrative staffer Marjorie Schalles (anthropology) is exhibiting her art in the Institute on the Environment's Commons Gallery. The exhibit, titled "Earthart," was inspired by satellite photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey/Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS). Marjorie will talk about her work and inspirations during the opening reception on April 1 at 4:30 p.m.

These CLA graduate students have received Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships from the Graduate School.

Lalit Batra (geography, environment & society)
Adviser: Vinay Gidwani
Research Center: Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
Faculty Mentor: Ajay Skaria
"Caste Subalterns and Urban Infrastructure: The Cultural Politics of Sanitation in Modern Delhi"

Paula Sofia Cuellar Cuellar (history)
Adviser: Patrick McNamara
Research Center: Institute for Global Studies
Faculty Mentors: Barbara Frey & Alejandro Baer
"Defining Mass Atrocities in El Salvador: The Scorched Earth Operations during its Civil War and the Question of Genocide"

Jessica Finlay (geography, environment & society)
Adviser: Susan Craddock
Research Center: Center on Aging
Faculty Mentor: Robert Kane
"Cities of (In)Difference: Urban Livability and Aging in the Right Place"

Anne Kaduk (sociology)
Adviser: Phyllis Moen
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentors: Coleen Manchester & Joe Ritter
"Women Returning to Work Across the Life Course: Who Does It, Why, and What Do They Return To? "

Maria Mannone (music)
Adviser: Guerino Mazzola
Research Center: Fine Theoretical Physics Institute
Faculty Mentor: Mikhail Shifman
"The Pianist's Hand, the Conductor's Baton, and Theoretical Physics: The Paradigm of String Theory in Musical Gestures of Performance and Composition"

Evan Stewart (sociology)
Adviser: Penny Edgell
Research Center: Center for the Study of Political Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Federico
"No Church in the Wild: The Politics of American Secularism"

Accolades March 26, 2015

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MFA students Chris Groth, Amber White and Nicholas Wells (art), along with alumnus Woody Stauffer (BA 2014), will present a performance project during the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama on March 28. The conceptual core of their performance lies in the act of making one's mark. They'll use a handmade plow with a red­hot cast iron blade to scribe a 50-foot arcing furrow in the soil, rooting the act in the agrarian tradition of breaking ground in contrast with the role of the hunter­-gatherer. More info

Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey's (music) new book,
Helmuth Rilling: Messiah, Understanding and Performing Handel's Masterpiece, was released by Carus-Verlag. Watch a video featuring Kathy and Rilling.

Professor Charles Baxter's new collection, There's Something I'd Like You to Do: Stories (Pantheon), received positive reviews in The New York Times' Sunday Book Review and in The New York Review of Books.

Professor Steve Gudeman's (anthropology) latest book, Economy and Ritual: Studies of Postsocialist Transformations, has just been published. It is volume I in the Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy Series by Berghahn. (Vol. 2 in a month or two.)

Associate professor Vinay Gidwani (geography, environment & society) is the recipient of a 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. His project, In The Country and the City: For a Poetics of Informal Economies in Contemporary India, is a collaboration with gender, women, and sexuality studies scholar Priti Ramamurthy (University of Washington, Seattle) where they document "the experiences, life-making activities, and desires of poor urban migrants working in India's cities while remaining connected to the villages from whence they came." The teams of scholars selected for ACLS funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology, and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications.

Graduate student Meryl Lodge (anthropology) has been awarded a spot in this year's highly competitive Mellon Summer Seminar in Dance Studies.

Administrative staffer Marjorie Schalles (anthropology) is exhibiting her art in the Institute on the Environment's Commons Gallery. The exhibit, titled "Earthart," was inspired by satellite photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey/Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS). Marjorie will talk about her work and inspirations during the opening reception on April 1 at 4:30 p.m.

These CLA graduate students have received Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships from the Graduate School.

Lalit Batra (geography, environment & society)
Adviser: Vinay Gidwani
Research Center: Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
Faculty Mentor: Ajay Skaria
"Caste Subalterns and Urban Infrastructure: The Cultural Politics of Sanitation in Modern Delhi"

Paula Sofia Cuellar Cuellar (history)
Adviser: Patrick McNamara
Research Center: Institute for Global Studies
Faculty Mentors: Barbara Frey & Alejandro Baer
"Defining Mass Atrocities in El Salvador: The Scorched Earth Operations during its Civil War and the Question of Genocide"

Jessica Finlay (geography, environment & society)
Adviser: Susan Craddock
Research Center: Center on Aging
Faculty Mentor: Robert Kane
"Cities of (In)Difference: Urban Livability and Aging in the Right Place"

Anne Kaduk (sociology)
Adviser: Phyllis Moen
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentors: Coleen Manchester & Joe Ritter
"Women Returning to Work Across the Life Course: Who Does It, Why, and What Do They Return To? "

Maria Mannone (music)
Adviser: Guerino Mazzola
Research Center: Fine Theoretical Physics Institute
Faculty Mentor: Mikhail Shifman
"The Pianist's Hand, the Conductor's Baton, and Theoretical Physics: The Paradigm of String Theory in Musical Gestures of Performance and Composition"

Evan Stewart (sociology)
Adviser: Penny Edgell
Research Center: Center for the Study of Political Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Federico
"No Church in the Wild: The Politics of American Secularism"

Accolades March 12, 2015

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Professor Phyllis Moen (sociology) is the CLA Dean's Medalist.

Professors Roy Cook (philosophy) and Hui Zou (statistics) are CLA Scholars of the College.

The following professors are recipients of the Arthur "Red" & Helen B. Motley Exemplary Teaching Award:
Bruno Chaouat (French & Italian)
Carl Flink (theatre arts & dance)
Richard Lee (psychology)
Mary Schuster (writing studies)
Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies & comparative literature)

The CLA faculty named above will be celebrated at the CLA Faculty Excellence event on April 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Northrop.

Professors Lydia Artymiw (music) and John Campbell (psychology) have received the University's Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education Award. They are now members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Associate professors Charles (Randy) Fletcher (psychology) and Oliver Nicholson (classical and Near Eastern studies) have received the University's Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award. They are now members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Lydia, John, Randy, and Oliver will be honored at a University-wide ceremony on April 8.

Senior academic adviser Becky Mooney (psychology) is a recipient of the 2015 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Associate professor Karen Painter (music) will participate in the discussion "Does Artistic Greatness Only Come with Age?" at the Getty Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 24. The panel, with muralist Judithe Hernández and painter Ed Moses, is part of the programming associated with an exhibition of the late work of painter J. M. W. Turner.

Graduate student G. Phillip Shoultz III (music) won first prize in the American Choral Director's Association National Student Conducting Competition - Graduate Division. Of 200 world-wide applicants, he was initially named one of eight semi-finalists. The first round of competition took place on February 26 in Salt Lake City. From this round he passed on to the finals and took home first place the following day. As a result he won a $1,000 cash prize and an all expenses paid trip to New York City to conduct the professional choir The Manhattan Chorale in concert.

Accolades February 26, 2015

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Carol Klee (Spanish & Portuguese), Charlotte Melin (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) and Dan Soneson (Language Center) have authored a chapter titled "From Frameworks to Oversight: Components to Improving Foreign Language Program Efficacy" in Innovation and Accountability in Language Program Evaluation (American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators). The book is not available to read online, but can be purchased from CengageBrain.com (eChapters are a mere $3.99).

Professor Phyllis Moen (sociology) has been invited to be a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Assistant professor Adam Rothman (statistics) has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. These awards are made to young faculty members judged to be exceptionally promising and support their research in their early years on the faculty. The award recognizes Adam's work in the analysis of high-dimensional data sets--those where each individual in the sample provides a large number of measurements. Data sets of this sort are increasingly common, and new techniques for extracting useful information from the deluge of numbers are vital. Rothman's work recognizes that this assumption is not always tenable and that the alternative "shrinkage" methods that are the focus of his research may be better for some high-dimensional data sets. The award starts in summer 2015 and runs for five years.

Graduate students Sarah Atwood and Robert Smith III (both American studies) were named Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Fellows. They will participate in a three-week alternative academic career workshop in Chicago this summer with doctoral students from 14 other Midwestern universities.

The following faculty members have received Imagine Fund award for 2015-16.
Hakim Abderrezak (French & Italian) The Clandestine Mediterranean: Literature, Art, and Politics
Cawo Abdi (sociology) Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity
Tom Ashworth (music) Upgrade Existing Technology in the University of Minnesota Trombone Studio
Hartmut Austen (art) Creative Work: New Territory
Christine Baeumler (art) Bogs, A Love Story
David Baldwin (music) Magnificat: CD recording of large brass ensemble music by the Summit Hill Brass Quintet
Dean Billmeyer (music) A Reinterpretation of J. S. Bach's major Preludes and Fugues for Organ after Karl Straube (1873-1950).
Jane Blocker (art history) "Sounding the Past"
Bruce Braun (geography) Boomtown: the cultural logics of energy production in late liberalism
David Chang (history) Cosmopolitan Nationalism: Hawaii, China, and Italy in the Late 19th Century
Ananya Chatterjea (theatre arts & dance) Blood on the Land: Dancing for sustainability and justice
Juliette Cherbuliez (French & Italian) Thinking Early: Method and Object
Michael Cherlin (music) Contemporary Music Workshop Initiative
Anna Clark (history) Biopolitics and Rights in Liverpool and Bombay
David Damschroder (music) Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann
Immanuel Davis (music) Recording of the Complete Chamber Works for Flute by Nikolai Kapustin
Tracey Deutsch (history) The Julia Child Project
Timothy Face (Spanish & Portuguese studies) Ultimate attainment of Spanish second language phonology by long-term Spanish residents
Ofelia Ferran (Spanish & Portuguese studies) Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present
Carl Flink (theatre arts & dance) Lords/Flies: Reexamining Golding's Lord of the Flies through Devised, Physical Theater
Michael Gaudio (art history) The Bible and the Printed Image in Early Modern England
Richard Graff (writing studies) Greek Rhetoric In Situ: Digitally Reconstructing Ancient Sites of Oratorical Performance
Christina Haas (writing studies) Writing "Kinesthetic Melodie": The Notebooks of "Lt. Z"
Peter Hanks (philosophy) Perception and Representation
Kelley Harness (music) Choosing Sides: The Florentine Horse Ballet, 1650-1700
Sungok Hong (Asian languages & literatures) Hindi-Urdu Gender System and Strategies of Diminuation
Maki Isaka (Asian languages & literatures) The Way of arts as a philosophy: a world theorized by artists (Phase 1)
Christopher Isett (history) Naturalizing Capitalism: The Cold War politics of development in Taiwan.
Qadri Ismail (English) Rights and the Wronged
Betsy Kerr (French & Italian) French as a Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Assessment
Jean Langford (anthropology) Conceptualizing Animal Trauma: An ethnography of interspecies therapeutics
Alice Lovejoy (cultural studies & comparative literature) Experimentation and Children's Cinema in Iran
Jerry Luckhardt (music) WindSongs Project: the Creation of New Works for Winds, Brass, Percussion and Voice
Sarah-Jane (Saje) Mathieu (history) Profiles in Courage: Black Soldiers and the Politics of Enlistment in Canada's Armed Forces
Stuart McLean (anthropology) Sea (a film project)
Fernando Meza (music) Traditional and contemporary music in Colombia and Chile: A mix of new aesthetic possibilities
Stuart Douglas Olson (classical & Near Eastern studies) A Commentary on the Fragments of the Old Comic Poet Eupolis
Luis Ramos-Garcia (Spanish & Portuguese studies) Colombian Civil War Theatre: From Sofocles to False Positives & the Mothers of Soacha
Thomasin Ringler (art) Printing Space
Scott Rink (theatre arts & dance) The Illuminations
Evan Roberts (history) Narratives of veteran suicides after the world wars
Paul Rouzer (Asian languages & literatures) On Cold Mountain: Hanshan and the Buddhist Reader
Jenny Schmid (art) Flayed and Displayed: Live Animation Projection of Anatomical Prints
Christina Schmid (art) Water Songs
Paul Shambroom (art) Lost: Photographs of Missing Pets
J.B. Shank (history) Evangelista Torricelli: A Baroque Life in Science
George Sheets (classical & Near Eastern studies) Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures
Suvadip Sinha (Asian languages & literatures) Things on Screen: A study of objects in Indian cinema
Ajay Skaria (history) Ambedkar's Conversions: Hinduism, Caste, and Navayana Buddhism
Hooi Ling Soh (linguistics) Determining how best to characterize the meanings of discourse particles through an investigation of meaning variations of closely related discourse particles in three languages (Colloquial Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Malaysian/Singapore Colloquial English)
William Viestenz (Spanish & Portuguese studies) Beasts of Burden: Bullfighting and Other Eruptions of the Creaturely in Modern Spain
Eva von Dassow (classical & Near Eastern studies) Illuminating a Dark Age: Alalakh in the Mid-Second Millennium BCE
Arthur Walzer (communication studies) Thomas Elyot and the Rhetoric of Counsel
Gabriel Weisberg (art history) The Meaning of Jane Avril: Performance Sites and Visibility
Diane Willow (art) By Any Medium Necessary: Cybernetics Serendipity

Accolades February 12, 2015

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Graduate student Jayne Swift (gender, women & sexuality studies) has received a 2015 Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies for her dissertation Lusty Ladies: A History of Sex Worker Counterpublics, Activism and Thought. She is one of 10 fellows selected from 183 applicants.

Graduate student Jen Hughes (anthropology) has received the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Fellowship to fund 12 months of research in Iceland. She will be studying Icelandic storytelling and language surrounding the 2008 economic crisis and making a film about her research while she's there.

Professor Phyllis Moen (sociology) was elected president of the Work and Family Researchers Network, the primary professional society for the interdisciplinary field of work and family research.

Assistant professor Lorena Munoz (geography) has received the Woodrow Wilson 2015 Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty.

Professor Charles Baxter (English) published his first new story collection in 18 years, There's Something I Want You to Do (Pantheon). These stories, half named for virtues (bravery, chastity), and half for vices (lust, sloth), "evoke the strangeness of the everyday, undermining our best efforts to apply structure to it," according to the Star Tribune. He will read from the collection at the University Bookstore on Monday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Professor David Myers (music) will lead an international forum on the work of the U.S. Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major at the Reflective Conservatoire conference at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in March. He will also consult on undergraduate music curriculum reform at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign at the end of March. John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the Eastman School of Music, recently noted the Report of the College Music Society's Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major, chaired by Myers, in an article entitled "Rock Me Maestro" in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Graduate student Volcan Can Canbolat's (music) article, "Twinkle, Twinkle, All the Stars," was published in The American Suzuki Journal's September 2014 issue. This is the premier journal representing Suzuki Talent Education in the Americas.

Graduate student Mario Obando's (American studies) article "Queerness as Conviviality: Race, Sexuality and Risk in Instructions Not Included" was recently published by Cinephile: The University of British Columbia's Film Journal. It appears in the Volume 10, no. 2, "New Queer Theory in Film," Winter 2015 issue.

New Director of Public Engagement

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One of the five goals for the College of Liberal Arts in the CLA Roadmap is to deepen a culture of engagement with our alumni, community, and state. In addressing that goal, Amelious Whyte will be moving to CLA as director of public engagement.

Amelious has held a variety of roles at the University over the past 21 years, including working in the Board of Regents office and most recently serving as senior associate vice provost for advocacy and support in the Office for Student Affairs. He also was a co-chair of the reciprocal engagement issue team for the University's strategic plan, a member of the Office of Public Engagement's Carnegie Re-classification Working Group and is actively involved in the University's recent efforts to improve campus climate. Amelious will begin his new role on February 2.

New CLA Website Launched

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After a year of planning and development, CLA Office of Institutional Advancement launched our new website on the Drupal platform on January 20. Drupal is the new University-wide web content management system. History and Journalism & Mass Communication are the first departments to move to this platform. The new CLA main site now comprises what were 14 previous sites: CLA.umn.edu, DiscoverCLA (for future students) and 12 sites within the CLA Student Services universe. The new sites are fully responsive, meaning that they work well on any type of device.

The strategy and design of the sites were developed during a partnership with consultant Clockwork Active Media. Surveys and focus groups were conducted with key audiences, including current and future students, alumni, and CLA staff who work with websites. Existing department and center sites were examined in order to create templates that meet the needs of both our audiences and our units. The Usability Lab in Walter Library helped test the navigation of student-focused areas.

With this launch, the CLA Intranet moved to a new URL. Please bookmark this location, or access it from the footer of the CLA website. The OIA web team continues to refine and update our new system; if you find any broken links or other issues, please email Jason McGraw. The old CLA website can be found in the Wayback Machine, via University Archives.

Department websites will continue to move to Drupal throughout spring semester and into the summer, followed by research centers. Kelly O'Brien from OIA will be reaching out to your unit, if she hasn't already.

Special thanks go to the many staff members in CLA who work with their units' websites. They provided useful feedback throughout the planning process, innovative ideas about information management, and continue to maintain good humor as OIA works through the project. Key partners included Derrick Aly (history), Sarah Howard (formerly SJMC), and Lisa Beecroft (student services).

Accolades January 29, 2015

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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.

Professor 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). Download the TBR mention and Michael's article: Hancher TRB + Dickens Article.pdf

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.

Fall 2015:
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

Spring 2016:
Annie Hill (gender, women, & sexuality studies): Sex Trafficking, Migration, and Law
Michael Lower (history): Violence and Religious Difference in the Premodern Mediterranean

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