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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 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 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.


Transitions September 18, 2014

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Welcome to these 34 regular faculty, visiting faculty, and post-docs who will be joining our college community this year.

Baryon Posadas, assistant professor (Asian languages & literatures)
Suvadip Sinha, assistant professor (Asian languages & literatures)
Elliot Powell, assistant professor (American studies)
Travis McEwen, postdoctoral associate (art) Starts in spring 2015
Edie Overturf, assistant professor (contract) (art)
Lamar Peterson, assistant professor (art)
Emmett Ramstad, postdoctoral associate (art)
Thomasin Ringler, assistant professor (contract) (art)
Mathew Zefeldt, assistant professor (art)
Stephen Ahearne-Kroll, associate professor (tenured) (classical and Near Eastern studies)
Patricia Ahearne-Kroll, assistant professor (classical and Near Eastern studies)
Naoki Aizawa, assistant professor (economics)
Anmol Bhandari, post-doc to tenure track (economics)
Kyle Herkenhoff, post-doc to tenure track (economics)
Ellen McGrattan, professor (tenured) (economics)
Elena Pastorino, assistant professor (economics) Starts in spring 2015
Kim Todd, assistant professor (English)
Ioana Pribiag, postdoctoral associate (French & Italian)
Daniel Griffin, assistant professor (geography, environment & society)
Nikhil Anand, assistant professor (geography, environment & society)
Aren Aizura, assistant professor (gender, women & sexuality studies)
Howard Louthan, professor (tenured) (history)
Betsy Anderson, assistant professor 2014-15 (journalism and mass communication)
Sid Bedingfield, assistant professor (journalism & mass communication)
Joshua Rosaler, assistant professor (contract) (philosophy)
Robert Nichols, assistant professor (political science) Starts in spring 2015
Anoop Sarbahi, assistant professor (political science)
Ido Zelkovitz, visiting professor 2014-15 (political science & Jewish studies)
Nathaniel Helwig, assistant professor (psychology & statistics)
Luis Adrian Anchondo, assistant professor (contract) (Spanish & Portuguese)
Mandy Menke, assistant professor (Spanish & Portuguese)
Salvador Raggio, assistant professor (contract) (Spanish & Portuguese)
Torry Bend, assistant professor (theatre arts & dance)
Scott Rink, assistant professor (contract) (theatre arts & dance)

Accolades September 18, 2014

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The four major language departments, CARLA, and the Language Center received a federally funded Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative grant, sponsored by the National Security Education Program, from the Institute of International Education. The grant will be administered by the Language Center (Dan Soneson, director) initially for two years, with a possibility for a one-year extension. It will involve external proficiency testing for students of French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as professional development opportunities for language instructors in the college. It will also allow the language programs to develop a systematic means for students to assess their own competence in one of these languages and to monitor their own proficiency development. The American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) certifies the results of the proficiency tests in speaking, listening, and reading. Students who participate will leave the University with nationally recognized ratings applied to their individual language skills.

These faculty members have received the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. The award recognizes faculty who are outstanding teachers of graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts.
Bruno Chaouat (French & Italian)
Carl Flink (theatre arts & dance)
Richard Lee (psychology)
Mary Schuster (writing studies)
Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies and comparative literature)

Assistant professor Gilliane Monnier and associate professor Gilbert Tostevin (both anthropology) have received funding from the National Science Foundation for their project excavating the site of Tvarožná in the Czech Republic. This three-year grant, which totals $162,432, will fund one season of excavation and study, special dating methods for lithic (stone) materials, field training, and more.

Professor David Lipset (anthropology) has published a new edited volume, Vehicles: Cars, Canoes and Other Metaphors of Moral Imagination (Berghan). Of special interest to CLA is Marko Živkovic's article, "Little Cars that Make us Cry," dedicated to the late anthropology professor Daphne Berdahl.

Professor Julie Schumacher (English) has published Dear Committee Members, "a novel that puts the 'pissed' back into 'epistolary.' " Read about it on Inside Higher Ed.

Assistant professor Minku Kim (art history) published an article (original in Korean), titled "The Puyŏ Faces: Gilt Bronze Masks from Mts. Dongtuanshan and Mao'ershan in Jilin and Their Connections" in one of South Korea's respected journals of art history, Misulsa nondan (Art History Forum). The article generated enormous public interest and was featured on the front page of the Chosun Daily, South Korea's most influential newspaper, below an article about President Obama and next to an ad for a Mariah Carey concert. Minku contends that bronze masks unearthed in Jilin Province, China clearly show cultural and ethnic characters of proto-Koreans, who established the ancient state of Puyŏ in the region during the first few centuries CE.

Professor Guerino Mazzola (music) gave seven jazz concerts in Japan in July. He performed at a number of venues in Tokyo and Yokohama with Swiss drummer Heinz Geisser and Japanese drummer Shrio Onuma. The concerts were recorded for live CD production.

Associate professor Andréa Stanislav (art) opened a new exhibition at the Burnet Gallery at the Le Méridien Chambers Hotel on September 12. "Phase Velocity" will show through October 12. In July, her video "Nightmare," of a white horse galloping on water, was a huge hit as part of Manifesta 10 Parallel Projects in St. Petersburg, Russia. Manifesta 10 is the European Biennial, considered the second most important international art bienniale. View a video of "Nightmare" and a sample of the huge amount of coverage Andréa's art received from Russian media (much of it in Russian).

Associate professor Sumanth Gopinath's (music theory) newest books, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, volume 1 and volume 2 (edited with Jason Stanyek) were published this year. Sumanth moderated the Reflections on Mobile Music Studies Roundtable on April 25 at the 2014 EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. The Roundtable included the Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies editors and four additional contributors.

Associate professor Christine Baeumler (art) developed Pollinator Garden as part of the Plains Art Museum's Defiant Gardens project. Her project brings together redesign of the urban environment, youth engagement, art, urban habitat for pollinators and storm water management, and over the summer kids from the Fargo area took part in the Buzz Lab and made this video talking up the importance of pollinators.

MFA candidate Jason Zencka (creative writing) is the 2014 Scribe for Human Rights. The goal of the Scribe for Human Rights Fellowship is to use creative narrative to reflect the different faces of victims of human rights abuses and to provide a broader array of professional experience to graduate student writers. It tries to create a platform for human rights advocacy through creative art.

Ph.D. student Luz Hernandez (Hispanic linguistics) has published a book in collaboration with her colleague Virginia Gibbs titled Shattered Dreams: The Story of a Historic ICE Raid in the Words of Detainees. The book, released last April by Floricanto Press, investigates the May 2008 ICE raid of Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, and centers on the testimonials of 10 undocumented Postville residents affected by the ICE raid of the plant.

Professor Steve Ruggles (history), director of Minnesota Population Center, has been elected the 2014 President-Elect of the Population Association of America. He is the first historian ever to hold that position. Read more

Three sociology faculty members have been elected to positions with the American Sociological Association:
Associate professor Joshua Page to the Sociology of Law Section Council.
Professor Jeylan Mortimer to chair-elect of the Section on Aging and the Life Course for 2014-2015.
Professor Doug Hartmann to the Publications Committee for a three-year term.

Associate professor Mary Franklin-Brown (French & Italian) spent a year as the Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University. She spent the year laying the groundwork for a new book investigating how medieval writers understood the human.

Accolades September 4, 2014

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The College of Liberal Arts earned a 2013-2014 U of M Alumni Association Program Extraordinaire Award for our series of alumni/student career development programs accomplished last school year. This award not only recognizes the volunteer efforts, advice, and support of CLA Alumni Society volunteers but it also honors the incredible vision and work of CLA Student Board leaders & volunteers (future CLA alumni) and CLA Career Services/Employer Relations colleagues. The award will be presented by UMAA during Homecoming week in October.

CLA, in collaboration with the Carlson School of Management, was awarded Research Infrastructure Reinvestment Program matching funds for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Laboratory's Precision-Timing Optimization project. This grant will allow the lab to meet the rapidly growing demand for precision timing research methodologies and to upgrade the current infrastructure and related services that allow high levels of control over presentation of human subjects research stimuli. Thomas Lindsay is the principal investigator.

Professor emeritus Thomas Bouchard (psychology) received the American Psychological Association's Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology in August. The citation read, in part, "Thomas J. Bouchard Jr. forever changed the way that people understand and explain individual differences in human behavior. His signature work, the Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart, was groundbreaking and inventive, exciting and controversial." Read more

Professor Raymond Duvall (political science) received the International Studies Association's Distinguished Scholar award for his contributions toward the development of international theory through both scholarship and mentorship.

Professor Alan G. Gross (communication studies) is one of the 2014 recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association. Given annually, the award recognizes and rewards NCA members for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Alan Gross is a premier scholar in the study of the rhetorical and communicative dimensions of science. The Rhetoric of Science, published by Harvard University Press in 1990, set off an national and international discussion of the importance of argument to the practice of scientific knowledge. More recently, in collaboration with Joseph Harmon of the Argonne National Laboratory, Communicating Science (Oxford University Press) has become the standard book in the field. The on-going collaboration with Joe Harmon has led to the recent publication of How Scientists Illustrate Meaning (University of Chicago Press). This book extends his original insights into the rhetoric of science by emphasizing the persuasive dimensions of pictures to the scientific enterprise.

Thumbnail image for NataliasEggs.jpgHuman resources consultant Natalia Rieland won a ribbon at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair for her trio of Ukrainian eggs (pictured).

(Know anyone else who won a ribbon at the Fair? Let us know! clanews@umn.edu)

McKnight Fellowships were awarded to a number of CLA-affiliated artists this year. They include:
Assistant professor Lamar Peterson (art) for visual artists
Associate professor Tetsuya Yamada (art) for visual artists
Professor Mathew J. LeFebvre (theatre arts and dance) for theater artists
Professor Joanie Smith (theatre arts and dance) for choreographers
Musician-in-residence Michelle Kinney (dance program) for composers

Professor Chris Uggen (sociology) won the American Sociological Association's Crime, Law and Deviance and Sociology of Law Sections' joint Peterson-Krivo Mentoring Award for 2014.

Spring 2014 Grants-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship were awarded to these CLA faculty:
Tracey Deutsch (history): The Julia Child Project
Stephen Engel (psychology): Towards a Novel Therapy for Strabismus
Katharine Gerbner (history): Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World
Chris Larson (art): African Breuer Daylight
Nabil Matar (English): European Missionaries in the Ottoman Levant: Converting Jews, Eastern Christians, and Muslims, 1598-1798
Jason McGrath (Asian languages & literatures): Anthologies of Chinese Film Theory and History
Jeylan Mortimer (sociology): How Parents Influence Children: A Three Generation Study
Rebekah Nagler (journalism & mass communication): Effects of Media Exposure to Cancer Screening Controversy: A Mixed-Methods Study
Lisa Park (sociology): Immigrant Health Strategies Post Affordable Care Act
Philip Sellew (classical & Near Eastern studies): Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age

Professors Lisa Park and David Pellow (both sociology) won the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, given by the Environment and Technology Section, American Sociological Association, for best book published from 2011-2013 for The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden.

Professor Jean O'Brien (history) is the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award winner for 2014. The award recognizes women faculty at the U of M-Twin Cities who have achieved significant national and international accomplishments and honors and who contribute as leaders on campus; it is sponsored by the Office for Faculty & Academic Affairs and the Women's Center. This award is named after Professor Emerita Sara Evans (history), an outstanding scholar and pioneer in her field, as well as a campus leader in multiple venues, including leadership for women's equity and social justice. The next nominations deadline is March 13.

Two doctoral students received prestigious awards from the Ford Foundation:
Anthony Michael Jimenez (sociology) received a three-year Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
Jameson Robert Sweet (history) received a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

New Ph.D. Sean Nye (comparative studies in discourse and society) won the Graduate School's award for best dissertation in the arts and humanities. His dissertation topic was Teutonic Time-Slip: Travels in Electronic Music, Technology, and German Identity, 1968-2009. His adviser was Richard Leppert. Sean is currently Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at University of Southern California.

Ph.D. student Heather O'Leary (anthropology) has been selected by the McMaster University Water Network for a two-year postdoctoral position which began in August.

Transitions September 4, 2014

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Last spring, seven assistant professors were promoted to associate, and 13 associate professors were promoted to full. Congratulations to the following faculty:

Promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor and Conferred Tenure
Giovanna Dell'Orto (journalism and mass communication)
Cindy Garcia (theatre arts & dance)
Katherine Hayes (anthropology)
Zenzele Isoke (gender, women & sexuality studies)
Nancy Luxon (political science)
David Rahman (economics)
Shayla Thiel-Stern (journalism and mass commuication)

Promoted from Associate to Full Professor
Brenda Child (American studies)
Roy Cook (philosophy)
Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies)
Fatih Guvenen (economics)
George Henderson (geography)
Yuhong Jiang (psychology)
Galin Jones (statistics)
Jean Langford (anthropology)
Angus MacDonald (psychology)
Mark Pedelty (communication studies)
Kathy Romey (music)
Hui Zou (statistics)

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.

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