Members of our CLA community, primarily in the Dance Program, did us proud at the 2011 Sage Awards, which honor choreographers, dancers, educators, presenters, scenic and lighting designers, visual artists and others who continue to make the Twin Cities a national center of dance.
Marcus Dilliard (Assistant Professor, Theatre Design/Tech) was the lighting designer for "Heaven" by Flying Foot Forum, whose creative team won a design award.
Toni Pierce-Sands (Teaching Specialist, Dance) was named Outstanding Dance Educator.
Linda Shapiro (former Cowles Program coordinator), a longtime dance writer and critic, won the Special Citation.
Emily Johnson's (BA Dance '98) company Emily Johnson/Catalyst won one of three Outstanding Performance awards for their production of "The Thank-you Bar."
Kaleena Miller (BFA Dance '06) and Galen Higgins (BA student, Dance)were double winners, receiving one of three Outstanding Performance awards for Rhythmic Circus's production of "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" and the Outstanding Ensemble award.
Finally, the costume design award went to Sonya Berlovitz for "Journey", a play based on the classic story "Hayy ibn Yaqzan" which was produced by Bill Beeman (Professor and Chair, Anthropology) for the Shared Cultural Spaces conference on Islam and the humanities, which took place at the U last February.
Associate Professor Bianet Castellanos (American Studies) is the recipient of a U of M Access Achievement Award. She was honored for her efforts to make her classroom materials accessible to all students.
Associate Professor Enid Logan's (Sociology) book, 'At This Defining Moment': Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race, has been published by New York University Press.
Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) and Prof. Ryan King (Ph.D. '05, Sociology; now at SUNY- Albany) have published American Memories: Atrocities and the Law (Russell Sage Foundation).
Grad student Heather O'Leary (Anthropology) has just received a Wenner-Gren Fellowship to support her ongoing research in India on water and water consumption in Delhi.