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September 2010 Archives

In Case You Missed It: CLA in the News Sept. 23

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New Faculty - Carolyn Liebler

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Carolyn Liebler is a new assistant professor in Sociology. She was left out of our announcement of new tenure track faculty in error.

New Visiting Faculty

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Welcome to our new visiting faculty members, whose presence in CLA will enrich our intellectual community. Their appointments here range from a single semester to multiple years.

State of the College and CLA Assembly this Tuesday

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Tuesday, September 28, 3:30 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute

Join your CLA colleagues at the first meeting of the CLA Assembly, where Dean Jim Parente will deliver the annual State of the College address.

Josie Rawson is Minnesota Writer of Distinction

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Poet Josie Rawson is the Creative Writing Program's 2010-11 Minnesota Writer of Distinction, made possible by the Edelstein-Keller Endowment.

Retired Theatre Professor Lee Adey has died

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Read more from the Star Tribune.

Winton Chairs 2010-2012

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From Dean James A. Parente, Jr.:
I am delighted to introduce Nuruddin Farah and William Wimsatt as our newest Winton Chairs in the Liberal Arts. They are both superlative scholars and thinkers who will catalyze our academic community and who have demonstrated intellectual courage and the habits of the iconoclast throughout their careers.

Events, September 23 - October 6, 2010

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Assistant Professor Ali Momeni (Art) presents the public art piece Seaworthy on Northrop Plaza, after the Tania Pérez-Salas dance performance at Northrop Auditorium. Friday, September 24, 10:30 p.m. More info

The Oldest Story in the World, a new performance based on the ancient Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh, will premiere at the Southern Theater with performances September 24 - October 3. Director is Assistant Professor Lisa Channer (Theatre Arts & Dance), with contributions from Assoc. Professor Eva von Dassow of Classic and Near Eastern Studies, student actors and faculty from the department of Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a full compliment of professional designers and actors from Theatre Novi Most. More info

Professor Elaine Tyler May (American Studies, History) will discuss her recently published book America and the Pill at the University of Minnesota Bookstore on Wednesday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m. More info

Winton Chair Nuruddin Farah reading, Friday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. More info

Accolades September 23, 2010

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Associate Professor Rich Lee (Psychology) has been elected as the next president of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA). He will serve as president-elect from 2010-2011 and then his residential term will run from 2011-2013. AAPA was founded in 1972 and is the largest organization of faculty, students, researchers, and practitioners interested in Asian American psychology. The election represents the high regard in which Rich is held nationally, and is an important leadership position.

Professor Gabriel Weisberg (Art History) curated the exhibition "Illusions of reality: Naturalist painting, photography and cinema, 1875-1918" at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibition opens on October 8 and gives an overview of Naturalist painting in relation to photography and film, with work by artists including Léon Lhermitte and Jules Bastien-Lepage (France), Albert Edelfelt (Finland), Károly Ferenczy (Hungary), Anders Zorn (Sweden), and Thomas Anschutz (United States). Read more

Professor Julie Schumacher (English) has been awarded a residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy for spring 2011. Schumacher plans to work on a collection of short stories, Passengers.

Professor Gary Jahn (Slavic Languages & Literatures) has been named Post-secondary Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.

Associate Professor Erika Lee (History) is on a national book tour for her new book, Angel Island - Immigrant Gateway to America. She's had lots of great news coverage and has been on several California radio shows. See links to some of the media.

Associate Professors Joanne Miller and Dara Strolovitch (Political Science), with co-authors Seth Masket (University of Denver) and Michael Heaney (University of Michigan), received the American Political Science Association's Political Organizations and Parties Section award for the best paper delivered at the 2009 Meetings of the APSA for the paper, "Networking the Parties: A Comparative Study of Democratic and Republican National Convention Delegates in 2008."

e-Korean Studies Database now available

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The Consortium for the Study of the Asias purchased five-year access to the e-Korean Studies database for the University libraries to support Korean studies on campus. The database covers academic disciplines including arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences, medical sciences, and physical education from various sources including monographs, periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, reports, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and video lectures. It also includes North Korean academic journals.

For Sophomores and Juniors:
The LeaderQuest Program 2011 is a semester-long leadership development program that features interactive workshops, guest speakers, a retreat, and a mentor relationship. All sophomores and juniors studying at the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply. Students will learn about the tools of becoming a successful leader and more importantly, about themselves. LeaderQuest is one of the oldest leadership programs on campus today.

Nominations can be sent to Nick or students can apply online.

For Seniors:
The Tom Burnett Advanced Leadership Program is a highly selective program for seniors (and select juniors who would be unable to participate their senior year). Only 12-15 students are admitted each spring. This is a great opportunity for you to recognize the students you feel far exceed average. We encourage you to notify the students you have nominated and let them know that they are well deserving of this honor. Once we receive your nominations, we will contact the student(s) and invite them to apply and interview for the program.

Participants will explore and enhance their leadership abilities through the study of advanced leadership topics such as negotiation, networking, creating change in the workplace, risk-taking and courage, working in a global environment and many more. Students will meet together for 8 weeks in the spring semester. Each participant will be paired with a first-year student to mentor, as well as a job coach from his/her chosen field.

Nominate a student online. (If you do not know all of the information to fill in the fields that is ok. Simply fill in as much as you know.)

Set Gmail as Default for Email Links in Webpages

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Sometimes you may have an email address link in a webpage that you want to use to send an email. When you click on the link, by default, your computer opens your local email client (e.g., Thunderbird, Eudora, Outlook, etc.). But you want to use Gmail, right? You can set Firefox to open Gmail as your default email client, so when you click on email address links in the future, you'll be using Gmail to send your message.

Homecoming: Let's Celebrate!

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Homecoming parade and CLA student royalty are just two of the highlights of Homecoming 2010: Paint the Town Gold

The final candidates for the CLA-OIT Technology Enhanced Learning Team Coordinator position will give public presentations on the topic "Technology Enhanced Learning and the Liberal Arts" next week.

New Tenure Track or Tenured Faculty

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Welcome to our new tenure track and tenured faculty members! Join us for the first CLA Assembly meeting of 2010-11 on September 28 (3:30 p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute) to meet our new colleagues and to learn more about their work. Faculty listed alphabetically by department.

Events, September 9

26th Annual Kann Lecture: "The Nazi Occupation Policies in Bohemia and Serbia: A comparison"
Arnold Suppan, University of Vienna; Monday, September 13. A reception following the lecture will honor Gary Cohen for his nine years as director of the Center for Austrian Studies.

Vis-a-Vis: Faculty Art Exhibition
Opening reception September 17; show runs at Nash Gallery from September 7 to October 7.

English professor and novelist Charles Baxter (Saul & Patsy, The Feast of Love) again hosts the Third Annual Benefit for Hunger 7:30 pm Wednesday, September 22. All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest's largest hunger relief organization.

The event includes readings by memoirist and poet Patricia Hampl, poet and flash fiction writer Ray Gonzalez, poet and memoirist Madelon Sprengnether, novelist M. J. Fitzgerald, and poet Maria Damon. All are professors within the Department of English's Creative Writing Program.

See all CLA events