Assistant Professor Alexander Fiterstein's (music) new album Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concertos, with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, was recently released on Bridge Records. This album was funded in part by a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from the Office of the Vice President for Research. The San Francisco Chronicle said of the album, "Fiterstein brings out both the economical grace of the slow movements and the athletic virtuosity of the finales." Fiterstein will also give a concert titled Classics to Klezmer on Sunday, October 20 at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (Minnetonka).
Professor Lydia Artymiw (music) was artist-in-residence at the Gulangyu Piano Academy (Beijing's Central Conservatory) in Xiamen, China from September 22 to 26, where she presented four master classes (piano) and performed a solo recital in the Concert Hall of the Academy. She then traveled to Hong Kong where she presented another master class at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy on September 27. Artymiw will also headline concerts with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on November 14 and 15 at Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Professor Riv-Ellen Prell (American studies) was elected chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society for a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2014.
Professor Wendy Rahn (political science) is part of a team who will examine public attitudes toward raw milk regulation in four Midwestern states in their project Public Opinion About an Emerging Food Policy Issue: Where Evidence, Policy and Politics Intersect. The project will assess how scientific evidence and political messages compete to shape the public's views toward raw milk. The study, funded by Food Policy Research Center, will provide applied knowledge for food policy stakeholders about a locally-relevant and evolving regulatory issue with significant public health and safety implications.
Associate Professor Andrea Stanislav (art) brought her migratory, interactive performative sculpture/walk, Reflect, to the Moscow subway system and the fifth annual Moscow Bienniale last month. It was the first known performance of an art work in the Moscow subway. In Reflect, Andrea and co-artist Dean Lozow traverse the space wearing clothing covered in one-inch diameter mirrored buttons. They trade the buttons in exchange for portraits taken of passersby with a point-and-shoot camera. The dispersive sculpture comments on ideas of image capture, as each portrait is then digitally printed onto a button and the portraits accumulate on the garments as a reflection and metaphoric "soul collection" of the communities.
Assistant Professor Sophia Beal (Spanish & Portuguese studies) has recently published her first book, Brazil Under Construction: Fiction and Public Works (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Beal's book examines how writers successfully use fiction--with its mystery, contradiction, wordplay, and fantasy--to engage the unprecedented role of public works in shaping perceptions of Brazil's modernization.