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September 2012 Archives

New video resource for CLA!

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Now that fall semester is underway and settling down, I would like to invite you to reflect back on the time you just spent planning and preparing for all the courses you are teaching. Have you asked yourself any of these questions (or something similar)?

New Chairs and Directors 2012-13

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Welcome and good luck to our new chairs and directors. Thank you for taking on these important leadership roles. (alphabetical by department)

Keith Mayes, chair, African & African American Studies
Kevin Murphy, chair, American Studies
Jean O'Brien, chair, American Indian Studies
Ron Greene, interim chair, Communication Studies
Chris Phelan, chair, Economics
Bruce Braun, chair, Geography
Alejandro Baer, director, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Erika Lee, director, IHRC
Andrew Scheil, director, Medieval Studies (beg. spring semester)
Monica Luciana, chair, Psychology
Liz Boyle, chair, Sociology
Carol Klee, chair, Spanish and Portuguese Studies

New Regular and Visiting Faculty 2012-13

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Welcome to our new faculty colleagues.

Faculty Promotion and Tenure 2012

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Congratulations to the following faculty members for achieving tenure and/or promotion over the summer (alphabetical by department).

Kale Fajardo (American studies), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Roderick Ferguson (American studies), promote to professor
Matthew Canepa (art history), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Louis Mendoza (Chicano studies), promote to professor
Alex Jassen (classical and Near Eastern studies), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Mary Franklin-Brown (French and Italian), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Kurt Kipfmueller (geography), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Carol Hakim (history), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Malinda Lindquist (history), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Patricia Lorcin (history), promote to professor
Sumanth Gopinath (music), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Alan Love (philosophy), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Ben Ansell (political science), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Timothy Johnson (political science), promote to professor
Colin DeYoung (psychology), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Cheryl Olman (psychology), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Rich Lee (psychology), promote to professor
Traci Mann (psychology), promote to professor
Lisa Park (sociology), promote to professor
Rachel Schurman (sociology), promote to professor
Benjamin Munson (speech-language-hearing sciences), promote to professor
Marcus Dillard (theatre arts and dance), confer tenure & promote to associate professor
Michael Sommers (theatre arts and dance), confer tenure & promote to associate professor

Recent Deaths

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Emeritus Professor Homer Eugene (Gene) Mason (Philosophy) died June 13. He was especially interested in the writings of Kiekegaard and Wittgenstein, along with justice and ethics. Read his obituary.

Emeritus Professor Herb Mohring (economics) died June 4. If you've ever paid to use the HOV lanes on I-394, you have him to thank. Read his obituary.

Emeritus Professor Edward Coen (economics) died August 27. Read his obituary.

Accolades September 20, 2012

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Recent Publications & Creative Activities
Professor Alex Lubet's (music) album Spectral Blues was released on the Parma label and distributed by Naxos. The album contains two suites for acoustic guitar, performed and composed by Alex. In addition, his article "Listening to Bob Dylan" will appear in the next issue of Cognitive Critique. His essay "Losing...My Religion: Music, Disability, Gender and Jewish and Islamic Law" will appear in the forthcoming Music and Identity Politics, Ian Biddle, editor (Ashgate).

Assistant Professor Adriana Zabala (music) was involved for two years in the development of the recently launched Mill City Summer Opera (MCSO). On July 12 the company started a sold-out run of Pagliacci in their unique venue, the Mill City Museum Ruin Courtyard. MCSO also features a Studio Artists Program, built and directed by Adriana. The Studio Artists Program, which included nine singers from the School of Music, includes educational engagement, master classes, main stage chorus, and a showcase performance. Participating student/singers were Elizabeth Steffensen, Sara Yoder, Carrie Hall, Reyna Sawtell, Sidney Walker, Brennan Blankenship, David Morgan, Richard Joseph, Joe Okell, Stephen Cunningham, Justin Spenner, and Stephen Mumbert.

Professor David Damschroder's (music theory) Harmony in Haydn and Mozart, the third book of his Harmony Project, has been published by Cambridge University Press. He is currently at work on the fourth volume, Harmony in Chopin, which formed the basis for "Formal/Harmonic Conflicts in Chopin's Mazurkas," a lecture delivered at the 17th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music in Edinburgh, Scotland in June.

Assistant Professor Jennifer J. Marshall (art history) has published Machine Art, 1934 (University of Chicago Press). The book examines the notorious Museum of Modern Art major exhibition of ball bearings, airplane propellers, pots and pans, cocktail tumblers, petri dishes, protractors, and other machine parts and products, positioning them as modern works of art. Learn more.

Professor Peter Wells (anthropology) has published How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times (Princeton). The book offers a completely new approach to the study of Bronze Age and Iron Age Europe, and represents a major challenge to existing views about prehistoric cultures. The book demonstrates why we cannot interpret the structures that Europe's pre-Roman inhabitants built in the landscape, the ways they arranged their settlements and burial sites, or the complex patterning of their art on the basis of what these things look like to us. Rather, we must view these objects and visual patterns as they were meant to be seen by the ancient peoples who fashioned them. Learn more.

Professor August Nimtz's (political science) book Marx and Engels has recently been republished in Turkish translation by Yordam Publications.

Professor Paul Rouzer (Asian languages and literatures) has been serving as an associate editor for the new edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Its publication has set the poetry world abuzz: "At well over a million words and more than 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia has unparalleled breadth and depth. Entries range in length from brief paragraphs to major essays of 15,000 words, offering a more thorough treatment-including expert synthesis and indispensable bibliographies-than conventional handbooks or dictionaries." (University of Virginia English dept.) The new edition is a comprehensive reference about the entire field of poetry and poetics and has expanded coverage to more than 110 world nations, regions, and languages.

Associate Professor Jennifer Pierce (American studies) has a new book, Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action (Stanford University Press, 2012). Racing for Innocence reconsiders white privilege and racial inequality by examining the backlash against affirmative action. Drawing upon three different approaches--ethnography, narrative analysis, and fiction--the book highlights the complexities and ambiguities of race and gender in contemporary America. Learn more

Professor Kay Reyerson (history) has co-edited with Joëlle Rollo-Koster, "For the Salvation of My Soul": Women and Wills in Medieval and Early Modern France (Centre for French History and Culture, University of St. Andrews, 2012). Learn more

Associate Professor Katherine Scheil (English) published She Hath Been Reading: Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America (Cornell University Press, August 2012).

Professor Paula Rabinowitz (English) published Exchanging Clothes: Habits of Being II, co-edited with Cristina Giorcelli (University of Minnesota Press, August 2012).

Professor Julie Schumacher (English) published the novel Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls (Delacorte, May 2012).

Mind the Gap

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This summer, we in CLA-OIT have been asking ourselves, "Who are we? What do we do? Why are we here?" Some may think we have amnesia, or possibly a newfound interest in philosophy. Actually, we've been taking time to reflect on the challenging issues we face as technologists in a liberal arts college.

CLA First-Year Experience

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Starting this fall, all CLA first-year students will participate in the CLA First-Year Experience. The CLA First-Year Experience is designed to encourage students to make connections with learning opportunities as early as possible in their college career. It is a two-semester course (CLA 1001 & 1002, 1 credit each semester) designed to organize a variety of in-class and out-of-class learning experiences and reflection opportunities that will engage students in carefully charting their own educational path on the basis of their strengths, values, interests, and motivations. In this work, we will encourage and support students in taking full advantage of the many campus resources as they develop, reflect on, and implement their educational plans.

The First-Year Experience will be delivered online (through Moodle), with a variety of in-person experiences built in. Among other topics, students will be introduced to the value and purpose of a liberal arts education, how to explore potential majors and departments, and the advantages of connecting with faculty and academic support staff early and often.

More information about the CLA First Year Experience, including information about the common reading (Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro) and descriptions of the 2012 themes, can be found online.

Departments can help by sharing upcoming events and opportunities that they wish to promote to first-year students by emailing stuprogs@umn.edu. Sharing any feedback that you hear in your departments is also greatly appreciated.

Accolades September 6, 2012

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University Awards
Professor Naomi Scheman (philosophy) has been named the 2012-14 Imagine Fund Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair. The chair is intended to enable professors with a record of distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service to conduct a research project that will further their own scholarship, generate curricular innovation, and forge intellectual communities in the university or wider community. She also will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the faculty of Social Science at Umeå University in Sweden.

Professor Ron Aminzade (sociology) was awarded the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award. This award is for faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

2011-12 Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award honorees are Professor Ron Aminzade (sociology), Associate Professor Paul Goren (political science) and Associate Professor Saje Mathieu (history).

CLA faculty who are Institute for Advanced Study Fellows for fall 2012 include Associate Professor David Chang (history) and Professor John Nichols (American Indian studies); for spring 2013, they are Associate Professor Michael Gaudio (art history), Professor David Pellow (sociology), and Associate Professor Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies and comparative literature). Grad student Murat Altun (anthropology) is an IAS Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow.

Two recent CLA Ph.D.'s received Office of Graduate Education Best Dissertation Awards for 2012.
Arts & Humanities: Caley D. Horan (history) for "Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Postwar United States." Her advisers were Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May and Professor Lary May. Caley is currently a lecturer at Princeton University.

Social & Behavioral Sciences & Education: Ellery Frahm (archaeology) for "The Bronze-Age Obsidian lndustry at Tell Mozan (Ancient Urkesh), Syria." His adviser was Professor Gilbert Tostevin. Ellery is currently the Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow at University of Sheffield.