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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

Accolades December 11, 2014

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Professor Amy Kaminsky (gender, women & sexuality studies) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for 2015-16 to work on her book project, Planting Wheat and Reaping Doctors: Jews, Gender, and Modernity in Argentina. With it, she is challenging mainstream Jewish studies' focus on the U.S., Europe, and Israel, and takes the growing body of research both in Latin American Jewish studies and on gender, sexuality, and the modern nation in new directions.

Senior lecturer Jenneke Oosterhoff (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) has published Modern Dutch Grammar: A Practical Guide (Routledge).

Associate professor Michael Silverman (music) has received the American Music Therapy Association Research and Publication Award, one of the highest awards they present. The award recognizes music therapists who have contributed to the growth of the profession through research and scholarly activity resulting in advanced knowledge and the development of the profession of music therapy.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to support "Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta," which will open September 15. The exhibition will include 21 films and 26 related photographs. This will be the largest collection of the artist's films ever presented as individual projections within a full-scale gallery exhibition in the United States and many of these films have had limited previous exposure. The companion exhibition catalogue will be the first published book-length treatment of Mendieta's films, illustrated with stills made from the original films.

Professor Allen Isaacman's (history) book Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development is a co-winner of the Melville Herskovits Award from the African Studies Association as most distinguished publication of 2013; the book also received the Martin Klein Award from the American Historical Association as the best book in African history published in 2013. Allen has been appointed Extraordinary Professor at the University of Western Cape in South Africa.

Assistant professor Matthew Rahaim (music) is spending the year on a Fulbright fellowship in India. He is affiliated with the University of Pune, but working throughout India. His project studies the wide range of vocal techniques in India in relation their powers to cultivate varied (and often conflicting) traditions of practical virtue. Among the vocalists he is working with are Kabir singers in the rural Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, a family of qawwals (ritual singers) attached to the shrine of Moin-ud-din Chisti in Ajmer, Hindustani classical vocalists from various lineages in Delhi and Pune, and studio vocalists who record Bollywood songs in Mumbai.

Accolades November 26, 2014

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Associate professor Wilma Koutstaal (psychology) has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is among six fellows in the psychology section. She is cited "For distinguished contributions to the field of human cognition, including characterization of memory errors and understanding how we adapt in flexible and creative ways."

Associate professor Catherine Squires (communication studies) and professor Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies) have been named Generation Next/UROC Faculty Fellows. Along with two other faculty members and a team led by Michael Goh from the Office of Equity and Diversity, they are tasked with tackling the 'whys' behind Minnesota's achievement gap. The fellows were chosen for their community-based scholarship in the area of education, health, gender studies, communication and the arts.

Professor Abdi Samatar (geography, environment & society) has been named a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow. He will be working with the University of Pretoria on a project titled Curriculum Co-development for a Postgraduate Research Methodology Module in Political Sciences and Graduate Student Training and Mentoring. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Assistant professor Adriana Zabala (music) was a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony for Mozart Requiem - Masterworks Series (November 14-15). She also gave a master class for the North Florida Chapter of NATS to university students from NFN chapter. Adriana will be singing the role of Joanna in Carly Simon's opera Romulus Hunt in a revival production at Nashville Opera. She will be making a commercial recording the week after the December 5 - 7 performances.

Graduate student Shelley Mihm (music) was recently chosen by renowned judges Korliss Uecker, Melissa Wegner, and Benita Valente to compete as a finalist in the Upper Midwest Regional Metropolitan Council Audition finals at the Ordway Performing Arts Center on January 31, 2015. Shelley was chosen as one of two singers from North Dakota to compete in the finals along with two singers each from the states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. In addition, Shelley was awarded the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Vocal Soloist Prize. She will perform in the GFSO's 2015-2016 season.

Accolades November 13, 2014

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Professor Jeani O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been awarded the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 by the Western History Association. This honor reflects the work that she has done in her scholarship, her teaching, and her academic leadership here at the U of M, with the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, and with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

Professor David Pellow (sociology) has published Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement (U of MN Press).

Ph.D. student Mingwei Huang (American studies) was awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant for her dissertation research, "The Politics of Friendship after Bandung: Sino-African Contemporaries in South Africa," to be conducted in Cape Town and Johannesburg January through December 2015.

Ph.D. student Michele Stillinger (anthropology) received the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award in the Social Sciences for her thesis, Archaemagnetic Dating of Bronze Age Pottery from Tell Mozan, Syria. She received her M.A. in April 2013 under the direction of associate professor Katherine Hayes. Read more

Accolades October 16, 2014

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The Institute for Global Studies has received Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support a new National Resource Center, the African Studies Initiative. In addition, IGS received Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Africa, Asia, and international studies (23 each academic year and 12 summer fellowships). Altogether, the FLAS and NRC support is $919,000 each year for the next four years, totaling about $3.7 million. Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies & comparative literature) is the project director for the Africa grant.

Professor emeritus Gail Peterson (psychology) received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis. In presenting the award, the association cited Gail's work to develop behavioral analysis as a field, his teaching and mentorship of more than 150 practitioners, and research that has benefited families of children with autism.

Parables, composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein's interfaith oratorio, has been released on DVD by Naxos of America. This Emmy nominated production of Parables was presented by the U of M School of Music's University Opera Theatre and was directed by associate professor David Walsh in Ted Mann Concert Hall. The production features assistant professor Adriana Zabala (mezzo-soprano), student Joseph Okell (tenor), assistant professor Philip Zawisza (baritone), the U of M Chorus and University Singers (Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductor), U of M Opera Theatre Orchestra, and dancers of the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. More info

Graduate student Scott DeMuth (sociology) is the recipient of a Hawkinson Scholarship from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace & Justice in Minneapolis. Hawkinson Foundation scholarships support students who have demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice in their education and professional work. Scott's dissertation explores the impacts of indigenous language revitalization and social movements for land reclamation, and how these processes have the potential to reduce the high rates of suicide in Native American communities.

Ph.D. candidate Jesus Estrada-Perez (American studies) received a 2014 Steven J. Schochet Endowment Award for Best Graduate Paper for his dissertation chapter entitled, "A PLACE TO SPEND A SATURDAY NIGHT: Altar-native Visions of Space and Sexuality in the Art of Joey Terrill and Luciano Martinez."

Accolades October 2, 2014

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Professor Theo Stavrou (history) will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens on January 15, 2015.

The Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a national project that CLA has been involved in for the past three years, just received a $484,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Professor Jeani O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) and associate professor Kevin Murphy (history & American studies) contributed to the writing of the grant and Kevin currently serves on the HAL steering committee. HAL is a consortium of universities that works on historicizing and fostering civic engagement in the humanities and design on major and urgent social issues. HAL takes on a new theme every three years and participating universities offer related public history/humanities courses, engaging students (undergraduate and graduate) and community partners in analysis and dialogue. The inaugural effort was the Guantanamo Public Memory Project. With the next major project collaborators will explore the histories of incarceration in locations throughout the United States and public programming will engage these histories in contemporary debates about incarceration policies and the impacts of incarceration on individuals and communities.

Professor Ray Gonzalez's (English) 13th poetry collection, Soul Over Lightning (University of Arizona Press), was published September 25. Ray's poem "One El Paso, Two El Paso" appears in Best American Poetry 2014, which was published in September by Simon and Schuster. It is his fourth appearance in the annual series.

Assistant professor Daniel Griffin (geography, environment & society) is co-author of a new study that links short-term reductions in growth and reproduction of marine animals off the California coast to increasing variability in the strength of coastal upwelling currents--currents that supply nutrients to the region's diverse ecosystem. To reconstruct the past 600 years of upwelling along the California coast, the team used tree ring data, collected by Dan, from long-lived blue oak trees. The researchers demonstrated that growth patterns in blue oak trees near the coast are highly sensitive to the same climate factors associated with upwelling. During the past 600 years, four of the 10 most extremely poor upwelling years occurred since 1950, and seven of 10 have occurred since 1850. Read the article in Science.

Professor Nabil Matar's (English) British Captives from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1563-1760 (Brill) was published this past summer.

Research associate Ellery Frahm (anthropology & earth sciences) is co-author of a study published in Science that shows that groups of early humans (some 325,000 years ago) in the South Caucasus independently developed Levallois technology, an innovation in stone knapping techniques, to create tools out of obsidian. This finding contradicts a long-held belief that this way of making stone tools was brought to Eurasia via a human migration out of Africa. Ellery's contribution was chemically analyzing the stone tools using nondestructive techniques in the field to identify the volcanoes from which the obsidian originated, revealing information about the mobility of these early peoples.

Professor Paula Rabinowitz's (English) American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street (Princeton) will be published next week. In August, the University of Minnesota Press published Fashioning the Nineteenth Century, third in the Habits of Being series she co-edits with Cristina Giorcelli.

Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether (English) wrote about her summer trip to the Middle East for the Minneapolis Star Tribune in an article entitled "Where Poetry Lives: In Iran." Madelon also wrote a piece in September for the Star Tribune entitled "Visiting Ground Zero with My Grandchildren"

Professor Josephine Lee (English) was interviewed by Seattle Public Radio KUOW on July 18 about the checkered history of Gilbert and Sullivan's play The Mikado, which was controversially staged this summer by the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She was also interviewed by New York's WQRX on July 21. The Mikado is the subject of Jo's last book, The Japan of Pure Invention (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Jo was instrumental in updating the opera for a local Mu Performing Arts staging in 2013, which is referenced in a MSNBC report on the Seattle controversy.

Doctoral student (and professional drummer) Davu Seru (English) was recently commissioned by the new music ensemble Zeitgeist to compose "Vernae." The piece premiered at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival in June 2014. He was also awarded a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council 2014 "Next Step Award" which followed his 2013 "Minnesota Emerging Composer Award," a nomination-only award offered by the American Composers Forum.

Alumna Dr. Juliana Hu Pegues (American studies), who received her Ph.D. this year, was awarded the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in American Studies, American Ethnic Studies or American Women's Studies. Her dissertation is titled Interrogating Intimacies: Asian American and Native Relations in Colonial Alaska. This is the major dissertation prize in American Studies and it is highly competitive; it's the fourth time the prize has gone to a Minnesota student since 1987, the inaugural year. Juliana's advisers were Jigna Desai and Erika Lee.


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