Professor Nabil Matar (English) has been awarded the 2012 Building Bridges Award from the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (UK). The award recognizes Nabil's pioneering scholarship on the relationship between Islamic civilization and early modern Europe, as well as raising awareness of the historical roots of Western perceptions of Islam. He will receive the award during a lecture he will present at the University of Cambridge on March 28.
Associate Professor Brenda Child's (American Indian Studies) latest book, Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community, is published today by Penguin. The book explores the remarkable role of women in sustaining Native American communities through the hardest years of the last two centuries, and is the latest addition to the Penguin Library of American Indian History. Brenda will do a reading at the U Bookstore a week from today. More info
Assistant Professor Lisa Channer (Theatre Arts & Dance) and her Theatre Novi Most were awarded a grant from the Playwrights Center and the Network of Ensemble Theatres to start a collaboration with playwright Cory Hinkle on a new play about Bertolt Brecht. Brecht's Brain will focus on Brecht's dramatic 1947 testimony before the House Un-American Affairs Committee, weaving together excerpts from hearing transcripts and Brecht's writings with ensemble-generated text and original music.
Graduate student Sophie Christian (Music) was chosen as a first place winner of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2012. The Winners' Recital will be held Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Winners Certificates will be granted after the Winners Recital.
Graduate student Andrew Johnson (Sociology) was awarded a 2012-13 Visiting Research Scholar Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University.
Grad student Elizabeth Ault's (American Studies) coauthored book, The 1968 Project: A Nation Coming of Age, is now available from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. It's published in conjunction with The 1968 Exhibit on display at the Minnesota History Center through February 20. [editor's note: See the exhibit!]