Regents Professor Allen Isaacman (history) has received the 2013 Distinguished Africanist Award from the African Studies Association. The award will be presented at their meeting in November. The award honors individuals who have contributed a lifetime of outstanding scholarship in African studies, combined with service to the Africanist community.
Professor Doug Hartmann (sociology) was recently named the President-Elect-Elect and the 2015 Program Chair of the Midwest Sociological Society.
Professor James Dillon's (music) String Quartet No. 7 was premiered on September 28 at Festival Musica (Strasbourg, France), which commissioned the piece. It was performed by the Arditti Quartet, which has a long history of performing Dillon's work.
Professor Ananya Chatterjea's (theatre arts and dance) Ananya Dance Theater premiered their latest work, "Mohona: Estuaries of Desire," on September 20-21. The performance was favorably reviewed in the Star Tribune and previewed on TPT's Almanac (at 32 minutes).
Associate professor Susanna Ferlito (French & Italian) received a National Endowment for the Humanities award to participate in a NEH Summer Seminar in Rome, "Italy in the Age of the Risorgimento: New Perspectives on Unification."
Graduate student Sean Killackey (French & Italian) has received a 2013 Access Achievement Award from the University's Office of Equity and Diversity. This award recognizes the efforts of University of Minnesota faculty and staff who make significant contributions to improving access on campus for students, faculty, staff and guests with disabilities.
Graduate student Joey Crane (music) was selected to attend ORIENT/OCCIDENT Music Composers' Forum in Kiev, Ukraine from September 24 to 29. A composition student of James Dillon, Joey gave a presentation on his music and had his piece ...una goccia più grande performed by members of the Ricochet Ensemble.