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January 2012 Archives

On January 18, 2012, two dramatic shifts were seen in the copyright world. Thousands of websites, including Wikipedia, Google, and Boing Boing, went dark in protest of two proposed pieces of legislation - SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act), and PIPA (Protect IP Act). On the same day, the Supreme Court upheld Congress's right to move foreign materials previously in the public domain back under copyright protection.

Accolades January 19, 2012

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Professor Irv Gottesman (Psychology) will be awarded the Honorary Fellowship of King's College, London, in a ceremony this July. The Honorary Fellowship recognizes, "the exceptional distinction achieved on the part of the holder through their public and professional life." Professor Gottesman's long and rich relationship with King's College dates back to 1963, when he was awarded a post-doc fellowship to study the genetics of schizophrenia using the college's twins database.

The Minnesota State Arts Board recently announced its 2012 grants supporting a wide variety of artistic organizations and portions of their operating budgets throughout the state. Three prestigious grants were awarded to three different arts groups led by Carl Flink, Toni Pierce-Sands, and Luverne Seifert, all members of the University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance faculty.

Minneapolis's Black Label Movement dance company, along with Duluth's Zeitgeist Arts, will present Associate Professor Carl Flink's evening length works Field Songs and Wreck, during a multiple venue tour to Duluth that will include educational activities for Duluth young and adult learners.


The innovative dance collaborative TU Dance, headed by Dance Teaching Specialist Toni Pierce Sands and Uri Sands, was awarded grants to create a "path for diverse Minnesota students to explore dance, advance dance education at the TU Dance Center, and receive professional training toward career development." An additional grant provides operating support and financial resources to bring the company to Red Wing, Worthington, and Bigfork to present public performances and conduct master classes.

Finally, actor-director and Theatre Teaching Specialist Luverne Seifert will present Chekhov's classic The Cherry Orchard to five rural communities in summer 2012. Each production will be presented in an historic home and feature six professional Twin Cities actors, four local actors, and two or three local musicians.

Fall 2011 Grants-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship were awarded to:

Associate Professor David Chang, History
Assistant Professor Lisa Channer, Theatre Arts & Dance
Assistant Professor Giovanna Dell'Orto, Journalism and Mass Communication
Assistant Professor Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, Psychology
Associate Professor Kathryn Pearson, Political Science
Assistant Professor Michael Sommers, Theatre Arts and Dance

The Institute for Advanced Study just announced their 2012-13 fellows:

Associate Professor David Chang, History
Associate Professor Michael Gaudio, Art History
Professor John Nichols, American Indian Studies
Professor David Pellow, Sociology
Associate Professor Shaden Tageldin, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

Associate Professor Lisa Sun-Hee Park (Sociology) has published Entitled to Nothing: The Struggle for Immigrant Health Care in the Age of Welfare Reform (NYU Press). Lisa investigates how the politics of immigration, health care, and welfare are intertwined. Documenting the formal return of the immigrant as a "public charge," or a burden upon the State, she shows how the concept has been revived as states adopt punitive policies targeting immigrants of color and require them to "pay back" benefits for which they are legally eligible during a time of intense debate regarding welfare reform.

Paperless is Now Practical

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"@#$%!," you say? "Paper will never die," you claim? You love books? "I can't read on a computer"? Maybe. But today I'm telling you that I'm 95% paper-free[1].