Professor Ruth Karras (history) has been named co-winner of the 2012 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History for her book Unmarriages: Women, Men, and Sexual Unions in the Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). Given by the American Historical Association and named in memory of Joan Kelly, this prize is awarded annually for the book in women's history and/or feminist theory that best reflects the high intellectual and scholarly ideals exemplified by the life and work of Joan Kelly (1928-1982).
Associate Professor Joanie Smith (dance), received a 2012 Sage Award for outstanding performance for her company, Shapiro and Smith Dance. Sage Awards recognize excellence in Minnesota's dance community.
Assistant Professor Matthew Rahaim's (music) book Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music has been published by Wesleyan University Press. Matthew will discuss his new book at the U of M Bookstore, Coffman Memorial Union on Thursday, November 29 at 4 p.m.
Professor Nabil Matar (English) has two books coming out this month: Through the Eyes of the Beholder: The Holy Land 1517-1713, co-edited with Judy Hayden (Brill) and Henry Stubbe's The Rise and Progress of Mahometanism, which he edited, introduced, and annotated (Columbia University Press).
Emeritus Professor Marty Roth (English) has published Contours of Privacy: The Ethnography of a Social and Aesthetic Concept (Academica Press, 2012).
Professor Amy Sheldon (communication studies and linguistics) will present a keynote address and will be a discussant at the conference Children with Possibilities: New Conditions for Learning and Growing in a Complex and Changing World, at Örebro University (Sweden) on November 6. Her keynote is titled "Conversations without screens: unmediated, embodied, face-to-face, multimodal talk-and-interaction."
Graduate students Emily Springer and Rahsaan Mahadeo (both sociology) are recipients of Hawkinson Foundation scholarships. The foundation supports students whose work shows a commitment to peace and justice.