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Accolades November 14, 2013

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The Department of American Studies has been selected as the recipient of the Office of Equity & Diversity's Unit Award, which they received at yesterday's annual Equity & Diversity Breakfast.

They were recognized for their deep and longstanding commitment to diversity and equity, which is manifest in the scholarship and makeup of its faculty and graduate student population, in an evolving undergraduate curriculum, and in the work of staff to maneuver resources and practices in ways that facilitate the department's diversity goals. As Associate Vice Provost for Equity & Diversity Louis Mendoza stated in his remarks, "The path-breaking scholarship produced by members of the department has made major contributions to the broader understanding of social and cultural difference across categories including race, gender and sexuality. These include award-winning and influential interdisciplinary work on such themes as the history and work of indigenous women in the Americas, the gendering of Cold War politics, the impacts of affirmative action policies and discourse, and the theorization of queer and feminist-of-color intellectual formations. It is important to note that the new perspectives engendered by the unit's commitment to hiring diverse faculty has played a role not only in redirecting the scholarly and pedagogical emphases of the department but also in transforming the broader field of American studies."

Professor Anatoly Liberman (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) has been named president of the English Spelling Society, a post that he was recruited to. He starts his term in April. No word yet on whether he'll officially change "realise," "colour," "tyre" et al to their correct spellings.

Professor and chair Daniel Brewer (French & Italian) has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship to spend spring semester 2014 at Kent University (Canterbury, UK), based in the Department of French in the School of European Culture and Languages. During his stay, he will deliver three Leverhulme Lectures, lead a postgraduate master class and research seminar, deliver a lecture at the University of Oxford, and a keynote presentation at a Paris colloquium on "Virtue" sponsored by the University of Kent.

Assistant Professor Laura Sindberg (music) presented at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National In-Service Conference on October 28 in Nashville, Tenn. Her session, Performing with Understanding, Teaching with Intention: Just Good Teaching, was attended by more than 60 music educators and preservice music teachers.

Associate Professor and chair Karen-Sue Taussig (anthropology), along with a colleague from Penn, successfully proposed a new research field to the Social Science Research Council. Making the Biotech Body: Genes, Neurons and Global Markets is a critical approach to emergent forms of biological identity (eg. brain mapping, genetic testing, bio-banks) and their intimate and commercial meanings. The intention of this new field is to support student work--from across anthropology, sociology, law, political science, history, science studies, or health policy--that elucidates the practices and implications of science in ethnographic and humanistic terms.

Associate Professor Peter Mercer-Taylor's (music) article " 'The Calliope Crashed to the Ground': Linear and Cyclic Time in Manfred Mann's Earth Band's 'Blinded by the Light' " was published in Music Theory Spectrum, Vol. 35, No. 2 (fall 2013).

Communications manager Sarah Howard (journalism and mass communication) and colleagues took home 5 awards from the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association gala on November 7, for the Murphy Reporter.

GOLD, single page/spread design for "Elliston Fund Hits $1 Million in Giving." By Sarah Howard and Nick Khow
GOLD, feature article for "The Importance of Mentoring" by Sarah Howard
SILVER, feature article for "Students in the Newsroom" by Sarah Howard
SILVER, single page/spread design for "Grieving Online" by Sarah Howard and Nick Khow
BRONZE, profile article for "Reporting the World" by Sarah Howard

The magazine competes in the Education under 30,000 category. Overall, there were more than 700 entries to the MMPA awards this year.

Graduate students Jeffery Kyle Hutchins (music; saxophone student of Eugene Rousseau) and EunHye Grace Choi (music; piano student of Timothy Lovelace), as The Hutchins-Choi Duo, have released Images: American Sonatas, a new CD featuring works by Albright, Biedenbender, Brandon, and Higdon.

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