The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures has been selected to be the 12th Chinese language department in the nation offering a Chinese Flagship Program. Flagship Program grants are awarded by the Department of Defense and Institute of International Education and provide funds for the training of undergraduate students to attain the highest level of proficiency in Chinese language while pursuing their bachelor degrees. The program includes both home and abroad study, with a capstone year at a Chinese university. The award recognizes the strengths of our Chinese language program and builds on these strengths to create new opportunities for our undergraduate students.
Professor Rose Brewer (African American & African studies) is the 2014 Dean's Medalist. She will speak on "Black Life in the 21st Century U.S.: Complexities of Political Economy, Race, and Ideology" at the Faculty Excellence Celebration on April 8.
Professors Cesare Casarino (cultural studies & comparative literature), Erin Kelly (sociology) and Katherine Scheil (English) are 2014-17 Scholars of the College.
Professor Jennifer Pierce (American studies) has been appointed to the Paul W. Frenzel Professorship in Liberal Arts. The endowed chair serves for three years and is intended to support and encourage innovative, distinctive scholarship and teaching in the liberal arts.
Associate professors Michael Goldman (sociology) and Kelley Harness (music) have received the Arthur "Red" & Helene B. Motley Exemplary Teaching Award.
Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (history) has been awarded the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award. Recipients of this award become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and receive a $15,000 one-time award that reflects the University's strong and enduring commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate education.
Professor and chair Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies) has been awarded the Graduate and Professional Teaching Award. Recipients of this award become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and receive a $15,000 one-time award, which reflects the University's strong and enduring commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate education.
Assistant Professor Travis Workman (Asian languages & literatures) was named a University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professor, a two-year award designed to enhance the careers of our most promising junior faculty. The professorship includes a $25,000 stipend to support Travis' research project, "Melodrama and the Cold War: Ideas and Emotion in Korean Cinemas."
Professor John Watkins (English) will be a senior research visitor at the Keble College Research Committee at Oxford University during fall 2014 and spring 2015. He has also received an ACLS fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year.
Professor Tom Brothen (psychology) will receive the 2014 Walter D. Mink Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award from the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA). The award will be presented at the 2014 MPA Annual Convention on April 12. From department chair Monica Luciana: "Tom's greatest interest and passion has been Introductory Psychology, which he first taught as an instructor in the University of Minnesota's General College in 1971. He proceeded to teach the course more or less continuously for 43 full years! He currently serves in the role of faculty director of our Introduction to Psychology course (Psy 1001). Taken by approximately 2,400 students every year, this is by far the largest course offered at the University. One of Tom's greatest contributions to the field has been his pioneering use and relentless promotion of on-line teaching. These efforts have been nationally recognized by organizations such as the APA and NSF. Tom has also been devoted to the instruction of students with disabilities. Tom has published 84 papers, most of them on the teaching of psychology. Many have been co-authored with undergraduate students, who clearly have a great respect and admiration for Tom."
Emeritus Professor Ron Anderson (sociology) was awarded a 2014-15 Professional Development Grant for Retirees, for his project, "A Handbook on World Suffering." His latest book is Human Suffering and Quality of Life: Conceptualizing Stories and Statistics (Springer Publishers, 2013).
Professor Timothy Brennan was named Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities for 2014-17. He has also just published Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies (Stanford University). "A critical revaluation of the humanist tradition, Borrowed Light makes the case that the 20th century is the 'anticolonial century.' "
Associate Professor Matthew Mehaffey's (music) concert with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, "Music of Downton Abbey," sold out on March 8, so an additional concert was scheduled for March 15--also full. Downton Abbey sells.
Professor Traci Mann (psychology) and grad student Sarah Schellinger (speech-language-hearing sciences) both received Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grants from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. They--along with three other faculty investigators--will enroll and collect data from State Fair attendees at the U of M's new Driven to Discover building.
Professor Douglas Hawkins (statistics) will be honored at the American Statistical Association SPES Section's spring research conference in June.
Associate Professor Karen Painter (musicology) will be a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University in 2014-15.
Associate Professor Kale Fajardo's (American studies) essay "Transportation" is part of a new exhibition with The Center for Art + Thought. You can find an interview with Kale at their website.
Professor Bill Beeman (anthropology) addressed the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland on March 14. The title of his address was "Shi'a Muslim Civil Rights in World Communities: A Continuing Dilemma." He discussed the treatment of Shi'a minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bahrain in particular.
Graduate student Waleed Mahdi's (American studies) paper "Marked Off: Hollywood's Untold Story of Arabs, Muslims, and Camels" was recently published as a chapter in the comprehensive collection Muslims and American Popular Culture.
Graduate student Jennifer Olson (music) won first place in the National Association of Teacher of Singing Artist Award District Competition, for which each singer prepares a full recital. She will compete in the regionals later this spring.