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"