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Accolades May 7, 2015

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Professor Gordon Legge (psychology) has received the prestigious 2015 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. The award is jointly presented by the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education and BrightFocus Foundation. Gordon is being recognized for his seminal contributions to understanding vision and reading, especially the consequences of low vision. He is widely recognized for his groundbreaking application of vision science to the understanding and improvement of everyday problems in reading and mobility, as encountered by people with low vision. One of his primary accomplishments has been to explain the role of vision in reading, including why and how different eye diseases result in serious reading problems. Gordon, who has low vision himself, said he hopes to be "a role model for what is possible in science and daily life," noting that Helen Keller was a role model for all people with disabilities.

Professor and chair Joan Tronto (political science) is the recipient of the 2015 Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal, awarded by the Pennsylvania State University McCourtney Institute for Democracy. The award celebrates exceptional innovations that advance the design and practice of caring democracy. Joan is being honored for her innovative work on the ethics of care and democracy.

Associate professor Jean del Santo (music) was invited to adjudicate and give master classes at the 2015 Annual Classical Singer International Vocal Competition and Masterclass Series at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. This series, created and sponsored by Classical Singer magazine, selected 12 schools of music to be part of this cultural exchange.

Associate professor Michael Lower (history) has been awarded the 2015 Advising and Mentoring Award by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA). Through this award GAPSA recognizes faculty members who are exemplary in their role as a mentor and adviser. The selection committee recognized advisers who help students set realistic expectations, provide opportunities for professional development and/or research, and overcome personal and professional challenges.

Associate professor Katherine Hayes (anthropology) is the co-editor of Rethinking Colonialism: Comparative Archaeological Approaches (University Press of Florida). Professor Peter Wells (anthropology) also has a paper in the volume.

Grad student Michelle Baroody (cultural studies & comparative literature) has received a 2015 CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship. Fellowships support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities.

PhD student Waleed Mahdi (American studies) has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has received a travel grant to participate in an institute titled "American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics," a three-week program to be held at George Washington University, Washington, DC.

PhD student Heather O'Leary (anthropology) was awarded the 2014 Central States Anthropological Society Paper Division Award for her paper "Beyond Pukka Dehliz: Flows of Delhi's Domestic Workers."

Grad student Candice Methe Hess (art) won the the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Graduate Student Award for Excellence with her piece Rosehip Container.

The following graduate students received Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for 2015-16:

Arta Ankrava, sociology
Jessica Apolloni, English
Megan Buchanan, geography
Laura Cesafsky, geography
Charmaine Chua, political science
Akikwe Cornell, American studies
Scott Demuth, sociology
Lindsey Dietz, statistics
Rene Esparza, American studies
Allison Farrell, psychology
Satty Flaherty-Echeverria, Hispanic and Luso literatures, cultures and linguistics
Yingchen He, psychology
Hyeryung Hwang, English
Jesse Izzo, history
Annie Jollymore, sociology
Margarita Kompelmakher, theatre arts
Jammi Ladwig, anthropology
Jessica Lehman, geography
Meryl Lodge, anthropology
Jennifer Lueck, mass communication
Matthew Luttig, political science
Jason Massey, anthropology
Jessica Mathiason, comparative studies in discourse and society
Juraj Mesik, psychology
Kathryn (Katy) O'Brien, speech-language-hearing sciences
Shani Ofrat, psychology
Allison Page, communication studies
Sharon Park, history
John "Jack" Powers, philosophy
Allison Prasch, communication studies
Brandon Rogers, Hispanic and Luso literatures, cultures and linguistics
Jim Saliba, sociology
Akshya Saxena, comparative literature
Boyoung Seo, economics
Katie Sisneros, English
Jayne Swift, feminist studies
Andrea Truitt, art history
Elizabeth Williams, history
Michael Wilmot, psychology
Guanda Wu, Asian literatures, cultures, and media
Leiyu Xie, economics
Shan Ye, feminist studies
Pei-Cheng Yu, economics

Accolades April 23, 2015

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Regents Professor Allen Isaacman (history) has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies, the American Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education. Allen's 2015 classmates include Pulitzer Prize-winner Holland Cotter, singer-songwriter Judy Collins, Nike co-founder Philip Knight, Nobel Prize-winner Brian Kobilka, Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and novelist Tom Wolfe. Read more

Professor Tim Kehoe (economics) and associate professor Matthew Canepa (art history) have received Guggenheim fellowships. The 12-month fellowship will support Matthew's multi-volume research project, "Royal Glory, Divine Fortune and the Iranian Expanse," which examines the development of the visual cultures and spatial environments of power in Persia and the ancient Iranian world. Tim will be studying the impact of 20 years of NAFTA and trade liberalization. Read more about Tim's and Matthew's awards.

Professor Chris Uggen (sociology) is part of a team that has received a $3.8 million grant from the Arnold Foundation for the project, "Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions." His collaborators include scholars at University of Washington, Northwestern, University of Texas, and elsewhere.

Graduate student Akshya Saxena (cultural studies and comparative literature) has received a 2014-15 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her dissertation, Vernacular Englishes: Language and Democratic Politics in Post-liberalization India. ACLS made 70 awards, which include a $30,000 stipend plus up to $8,000 for research and university fees. Fellows from 29 universities and nearly 20 fields of humanistic study were selected from a pool of close to 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process.

Graduate student Colleen Bertsch (music) received a 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Student award to Romania. She will spend nine months in the Transylvanian region to conduct fieldwork for her dissertation, tentatively called Transylvanian Folk Violinists and their Coarticulation of Embodied Musical Techniques and Identity Performance. Her activities will include interviewing, recording, and learning various playing techniques from Hungarian, Romanian, and Roma folk violinists.

Graduate student Zack Pentecost (music) won the 2015 Duluth Superior Symphony Young Composer Competition. His piece After-Layer will be performed May 3. He has also been commissioned by the Charlotte New Music Festival to compose a work for the New York-based loadbang ensemble. His work Steel Wheels was performed at the Tutti New Music Festival. His Fantasy and Reflections on an Air received three performances, including at the Eastman School of Music.

Graduate student Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (music) was awarded a $1,200 scholarship from the Fondation de soutien des arts de Laval (Québec, Canada). This is the eighth time he has won this prestigious Canadian scholarship.

These CLA faculty members have received IDEA Multicultural Research Awards from the Office for Equity and Diversity.
Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies): Rethinking Asian American Displacement and Erasure in the U.S. South
Keith Mayes (African American & African studies): For the Sake of Internal Security: Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and the Silencing of Black Power
Jimmy Patiño (Chicano studies): "A Time for Resistance": Transnational Chicano Identity, Immigrant Rights, and Abolition Democracy in the Chicano Movement.
Hyejoon Rim (journalism & mass communication): A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Corporate Social Responsibility: Public Perception of CSR in the United States, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates

Accolades April 9, 2015

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Chair Al Tims (journalism & mass communication) has been named the 2014 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism & Mass Communication Administrator of the Year. "Al Tims has a passion for excellence. You can sense it in any conversation you might have with him. His thoughts and words and eventual actions are driven by this simple concept: How can we become better?" noted SJMC faculty members Chris Ison and Keith Moyer in their recommendation letter. This annual award recognizes excellence in administration of a journalism and mass communication program, including vision, leadership and creativity. The cash prize that accompanies it is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation. Read more

Professors Christophe Wall-Romana (French & Italian) and Gail Dubrow (history) have received American Council of Learned Societies fellowships for 2014-15. Gail's project is titled "Japonisme Revisited: Reckoning with the Embrace, Appropriation, and Survival of Japanese Culture in America, 1868-1945" and Christophe's is "Kinopsis: Astronomy, Photography, and Pre-Cinema in the Nineteenth Century."

Associate professor Shaden M. Tageldin (cultural studies and comparative literature) has been awarded a 2015 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars from the American Council of Learned Societies. One of only 11 recipients nationwide, Shaden will hold her fellowship in 2016-2017 at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, where she will work on her second book, Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature The book traces the rise of modern comparative literature across the Arabic-speaking world, Europe, and elsewhere to empire, the imperium of modern scientific method, and their entwined impact on ideologies of language.

Professor Brenda Child (history) received the National American Indian Book Award presented by the Labriola Center at Arizona State University for her book My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation (2014).

Affiliate faculty member Jeffrey Van (music) is featured on two Minnesota Public Radio "Archive on The Radio" specials, titled Four Decades-Six Strings: Jeffrey Van, Guitar, originally broadcast March 31 and April 7. The first program looked at the development of music for the guitar from an historical perspective. The second program concentrated on music of the 20th and 21st centuries for guitar and featured a number of Minnesota composers.

Professor Traci Mann (psychology) has published Secrets from the Eating Lab (HarperWave). In short, she addresses the science of weight loss, the myth of willpower, and why you should never diet again. The release party (with ice cream!) is April 16 at Vinaigrette and Traci will read at the U Bookstore on April 23 at 4:00.

Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether (English) has two new books published: Great River Road: Memoir and Memory (a memoir) and Near Solstice: Prose Poems. From Rosellen Brown, author of Civil Wars: "Great River Road is a candid personal story and a far larger one: an intriguing take on the challenge of revisiting our lives, taking pleasure in old joys, and overcoming our natural resistance to the painful parts. Sprengnether's conclusion that memory is a 'process rather than a product, a verb rather than a noun' is the perfect way to open tight-shut doors to the forgiveness of others and of the self."

Associate professor Kieran McNulty (anthropology) is part of a team that has received a $3.2 million NIH grant. The funded study proposes to develop precise diagnostic and prognostic tools for the evaluation of current facial size and shape and prediction of the timing and magnitude of facial growth. The goal is to develop more effective treatment and intervention for jaw and teeth deformities.

Professors Paul Shambroom and James Henkel (art) and MFA candidate Xavier Tavera are included in 100+: A Photograph For Every Year of the MIA, now on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Professor David Myers (music) is chairing a national task force for the College Music Society that is recommending transformational change in the undergraduate music curriculum. Emphasizing creativity, integration, and diversity, the task force report will be released in conjunction with CMS's annual conference in St. Louis in late October. The task force has met in person and via teleconferences for 15 months and comprises music faculty from the Universities of Michigan, Washington, and Miami; Fredonia State University; Colorado College; Boston University; and UCLA.

Professor Ana Paula Ferreira (Spanish & Portuguese) is the 2015-16 president of the American Portuguese Studies Association.

Assistant professor Adriana Zabala (music) recently received positive reviews for her performance in the Minnesota Opera's production of The Manchurian Candidate. Wall Street Journal wrote, "The Minnesota Opera fielded a strong cast... Adriana Zabala was a witty, charming Rosie." Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote, "The mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala is effective as Rosie Chayney, a sophisticated young woman who meets Marco on a train." Adriana was also the alto soloist with the Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra in Boston for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis on March 21

Institute for Advanced Study announced their Research and Creative Collaboratives for 2015-16. Please see their website for detailed descriptions of these projects.

Valentine Cadieux (sociology)
Tracey Deutsch (history)
Rachel Schurman (sociology)
Stephen Carpenter, Farmers Legal Action Group

Beyond the Modernist Understanding of Consciousness
JB Shank (history)
Apostolos Georgopoulos (neuroscience, Medical School)

Brecht's America: Rehearsing Failure
Lisa Channer (theatre arts & dance)
Matthias Rothe (German Scandinavian & Dutch)

Environmental Humanities
Daniel Philippon (English)
Charlotte Melin (German Scandinavian & Dutch)

Heritage Studies
Katherine Hayes (anthropology)
Kevin Murphy (history)
Gregory Donofrio (architecture, CDES)

Improvising Ecosystems
Diane Willow (art)
Scott Currie (music)
Maja Radovanlija (music)
Matthew Tucker (landscape architecture, CDES)

Performance and Social Justice
Ananya Chatterjea (theatre arts & dance)
Jigna Desai (gender, women, & sexuality studies)
Rose Brewer (African & African American studies)
Roli Dwivedi (family medicine/community health, Medical School)
Hui Wilcox (sociology, St. Catherine's University)

Product Design, Social Science and the Humanities
William Beeman (anthropology)
William Durfee (mechanical engineering, CSE)
Lana Yarosh (computer science and engineering, CSE)
Joseph Konstan (computer science and engineering, CSE)

Well-being in the Midwest African Diaspora
Catherine Squires (communication studies)
Keith Mayes (African & African American studies)

Accolades March 26, 2015

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Professor Jean O'Brien (history) has been named a 2015 Distinguished McKnight University Professor.

MFA students Chris Groth, Amber White and Nicholas Wells (art), along with alumnus Woody Stauffer (BA 2014), will present a performance project during the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama on March 28. The conceptual core of their performance lies in the act of making one's mark. They'll use a handmade plow with a red­hot cast iron blade to scribe a 50-foot arcing furrow in the soil, rooting the act in the agrarian tradition of breaking ground in contrast with the role of the hunter­-gatherer. More info

Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey's (music) new book,
Helmuth Rilling: Messiah, Understanding and Performing Handel's Masterpiece, was released by Carus-Verlag. Watch a video featuring Kathy and Rilling.

Professor Charles Baxter's new collection, There's Something I'd Like You to Do: Stories (Pantheon), received positive reviews in The New York Times' Sunday Book Review and in The New York Review of Books.

Professor Steve Gudeman's (anthropology) latest book, Economy and Ritual: Studies of Postsocialist Transformations, has just been published. It is volume I in the Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy Series by Berghahn. (Vol. 2 in a month or two.)

Associate professor Vinay Gidwani (geography, environment & society) is the recipient of a 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. His project, In The Country and the City: For a Poetics of Informal Economies in Contemporary India, is a collaboration with gender, women, and sexuality studies scholar Priti Ramamurthy (University of Washington, Seattle) where they document "the experiences, life-making activities, and desires of poor urban migrants working in India's cities while remaining connected to the villages from whence they came." The teams of scholars selected for ACLS funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology, and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications.

Graduate student Meryl Lodge (anthropology) has been awarded a spot in this year's highly competitive Mellon Summer Seminar in Dance Studies.

Administrative staffer Marjorie Schalles (anthropology) is exhibiting her art in the Institute on the Environment's Commons Gallery. The exhibit, titled "Earthart," was inspired by satellite photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey/Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS). Marjorie will talk about her work and inspirations during the opening reception on April 1 at 4:30 p.m.

These CLA graduate students have received Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships from the Graduate School.

Lalit Batra (geography, environment & society)
Adviser: Vinay Gidwani
Research Center: Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
Faculty Mentor: Ajay Skaria
"Caste Subalterns and Urban Infrastructure: The Cultural Politics of Sanitation in Modern Delhi"

Paula Sofia Cuellar Cuellar (history)
Adviser: Patrick McNamara
Research Center: Institute for Global Studies
Faculty Mentors: Barbara Frey & Alejandro Baer
"Defining Mass Atrocities in El Salvador: The Scorched Earth Operations during its Civil War and the Question of Genocide"

Jessica Finlay (geography, environment & society)
Adviser: Susan Craddock
Research Center: Center on Aging
Faculty Mentor: Robert Kane
"Cities of (In)Difference: Urban Livability and Aging in the Right Place"

Anne Kaduk (sociology)
Adviser: Phyllis Moen
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentors: Coleen Manchester & Joe Ritter
"Women Returning to Work Across the Life Course: Who Does It, Why, and What Do They Return To? "

Maria Mannone (music)
Adviser: Guerino Mazzola
Research Center: Fine Theoretical Physics Institute
Faculty Mentor: Mikhail Shifman
"The Pianist's Hand, the Conductor's Baton, and Theoretical Physics: The Paradigm of String Theory in Musical Gestures of Performance and Composition"

Evan Stewart (sociology)
Adviser: Penny Edgell
Research Center: Center for the Study of Political Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Federico
"No Church in the Wild: The Politics of American Secularism"

Accolades March 12, 2015

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Professor Phyllis Moen (sociology) is the CLA Dean's Medalist.

Professors Roy Cook (philosophy) and Hui Zou (statistics) are CLA Scholars of the College.

The following professors are recipients of the Arthur "Red" & Helen B. Motley Exemplary Teaching Award:
Bruno Chaouat (French & Italian)
Carl Flink (theatre arts & dance)
Richard Lee (psychology)
Mary Schuster (writing studies)
Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies & comparative literature)

The CLA faculty named above will be celebrated at the CLA Faculty Excellence event on April 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Northrop.

Professors Lydia Artymiw (music) and John Campbell (psychology) have received the University's Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education Award. They are now members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Associate professors Charles (Randy) Fletcher (psychology) and Oliver Nicholson (classical and Near Eastern studies) have received the University's Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award. They are now members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Lydia, John, Randy, and Oliver will be honored at a University-wide ceremony on April 8.

Senior academic adviser Becky Mooney (psychology) is a recipient of the 2015 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Associate professor Karen Painter (music) will participate in the discussion "Does Artistic Greatness Only Come with Age?" at the Getty Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 24. The panel, with muralist Judithe Hernández and painter Ed Moses, is part of the programming associated with an exhibition of the late work of painter J. M. W. Turner.

Graduate student G. Phillip Shoultz III (music) won first prize in the American Choral Director's Association National Student Conducting Competition - Graduate Division. Of 200 world-wide applicants, he was initially named one of eight semi-finalists. The first round of competition took place on February 26 in Salt Lake City. From this round he passed on to the finals and took home first place the following day. As a result he won a $1,000 cash prize and an all expenses paid trip to New York City to conduct the professional choir The Manhattan Chorale in concert.

Accolades February 26, 2015

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Carol Klee (Spanish & Portuguese), Charlotte Melin (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) and Dan Soneson (Language Center) have authored a chapter titled "From Frameworks to Oversight: Components to Improving Foreign Language Program Efficacy" in Innovation and Accountability in Language Program Evaluation (American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators). The book is not available to read online, but can be purchased from (eChapters are a mere $3.99).

Professor Phyllis Moen (sociology) has been invited to be a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Assistant professor Adam Rothman (statistics) has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. These awards are made to young faculty members judged to be exceptionally promising and support their research in their early years on the faculty. The award recognizes Adam's work in the analysis of high-dimensional data sets--those where each individual in the sample provides a large number of measurements. Data sets of this sort are increasingly common, and new techniques for extracting useful information from the deluge of numbers are vital. Rothman's work recognizes that this assumption is not always tenable and that the alternative "shrinkage" methods that are the focus of his research may be better for some high-dimensional data sets. The award starts in summer 2015 and runs for five years.

Graduate students Sarah Atwood and Robert Smith III (both American studies) were named Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Fellows. They will participate in a three-week alternative academic career workshop in Chicago this summer with doctoral students from 14 other Midwestern universities.

The following faculty members have received Imagine Fund award for 2015-16.
Hakim Abderrezak (French & Italian) The Clandestine Mediterranean: Literature, Art, and Politics
Cawo Abdi (sociology) Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity
Tom Ashworth (music) Upgrade Existing Technology in the University of Minnesota Trombone Studio
Hartmut Austen (art) Creative Work: New Territory
Christine Baeumler (art) Bogs, A Love Story
David Baldwin (music) Magnificat: CD recording of large brass ensemble music by the Summit Hill Brass Quintet
Dean Billmeyer (music) A Reinterpretation of J. S. Bach's major Preludes and Fugues for Organ after Karl Straube (1873-1950).
Jane Blocker (art history) "Sounding the Past"
Bruce Braun (geography) Boomtown: the cultural logics of energy production in late liberalism
David Chang (history) Cosmopolitan Nationalism: Hawaii, China, and Italy in the Late 19th Century
Ananya Chatterjea (theatre arts & dance) Blood on the Land: Dancing for sustainability and justice
Juliette Cherbuliez (French & Italian) Thinking Early: Method and Object
Michael Cherlin (music) Contemporary Music Workshop Initiative
Anna Clark (history) Biopolitics and Rights in Liverpool and Bombay
David Damschroder (music) Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann
Immanuel Davis (music) Recording of the Complete Chamber Works for Flute by Nikolai Kapustin
Tracey Deutsch (history) The Julia Child Project
Timothy Face (Spanish & Portuguese studies) Ultimate attainment of Spanish second language phonology by long-term Spanish residents
Ofelia Ferran (Spanish & Portuguese studies) Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present
Carl Flink (theatre arts & dance) Lords/Flies: Reexamining Golding's Lord of the Flies through Devised, Physical Theater
Michael Gaudio (art history) The Bible and the Printed Image in Early Modern England
Richard Graff (writing studies) Greek Rhetoric In Situ: Digitally Reconstructing Ancient Sites of Oratorical Performance
Christina Haas (writing studies) Writing "Kinesthetic Melodie": The Notebooks of "Lt. Z"
Peter Hanks (philosophy) Perception and Representation
Kelley Harness (music) Choosing Sides: The Florentine Horse Ballet, 1650-1700
Sungok Hong (Asian languages & literatures) Hindi-Urdu Gender System and Strategies of Diminuation
Maki Isaka (Asian languages & literatures) The Way of arts as a philosophy: a world theorized by artists (Phase 1)
Christopher Isett (history) Naturalizing Capitalism: The Cold War politics of development in Taiwan.
Qadri Ismail (English) Rights and the Wronged
Betsy Kerr (French & Italian) French as a Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Assessment
Jean Langford (anthropology) Conceptualizing Animal Trauma: An ethnography of interspecies therapeutics
Alice Lovejoy (cultural studies & comparative literature) Experimentation and Children's Cinema in Iran
Jerry Luckhardt (music) WindSongs Project: the Creation of New Works for Winds, Brass, Percussion and Voice
Sarah-Jane (Saje) Mathieu (history) Profiles in Courage: Black Soldiers and the Politics of Enlistment in Canada's Armed Forces
Stuart McLean (anthropology) Sea (a film project)
Fernando Meza (music) Traditional and contemporary music in Colombia and Chile: A mix of new aesthetic possibilities
Stuart Douglas Olson (classical & Near Eastern studies) A Commentary on the Fragments of the Old Comic Poet Eupolis
Luis Ramos-Garcia (Spanish & Portuguese studies) Colombian Civil War Theatre: From Sofocles to False Positives & the Mothers of Soacha
Thomasin Ringler (art) Printing Space
Scott Rink (theatre arts & dance) The Illuminations
Evan Roberts (history) Narratives of veteran suicides after the world wars
Paul Rouzer (Asian languages & literatures) On Cold Mountain: Hanshan and the Buddhist Reader
Jenny Schmid (art) Flayed and Displayed: Live Animation Projection of Anatomical Prints
Christina Schmid (art) Water Songs
Paul Shambroom (art) Lost: Photographs of Missing Pets
J.B. Shank (history) Evangelista Torricelli: A Baroque Life in Science
George Sheets (classical & Near Eastern studies) Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures
Suvadip Sinha (Asian languages & literatures) Things on Screen: A study of objects in Indian cinema
Ajay Skaria (history) Ambedkar's Conversions: Hinduism, Caste, and Navayana Buddhism
Hooi Ling Soh (linguistics) Determining how best to characterize the meanings of discourse particles through an investigation of meaning variations of closely related discourse particles in three languages (Colloquial Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Malaysian/Singapore Colloquial English)
William Viestenz (Spanish & Portuguese studies) Beasts of Burden: Bullfighting and Other Eruptions of the Creaturely in Modern Spain
Eva von Dassow (classical & Near Eastern studies) Illuminating a Dark Age: Alalakh in the Mid-Second Millennium BCE
Arthur Walzer (communication studies) Thomas Elyot and the Rhetoric of Counsel
Gabriel Weisberg (art history) The Meaning of Jane Avril: Performance Sites and Visibility
Diane Willow (art) By Any Medium Necessary: Cybernetics Serendipity

Accolades February 12, 2015

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Graduate student Jayne Swift (gender, women & sexuality studies) has received a 2015 Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies for her dissertation Lusty Ladies: A History of Sex Worker Counterpublics, Activism and Thought. She is one of 10 fellows selected from 183 applicants.

Graduate student Jen Hughes (anthropology) has received the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Fellowship to fund 12 months of research in Iceland. She will be studying Icelandic storytelling and language surrounding the 2008 economic crisis and making a film about her research while she's there.

Professor Phyllis Moen (sociology) was elected president of the Work and Family Researchers Network, the primary professional society for the interdisciplinary field of work and family research.

Assistant professor Lorena Munoz (geography) has received the Woodrow Wilson 2015 Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty.

Professor Charles Baxter (English) published his first new story collection in 18 years, There's Something I Want You to Do (Pantheon). These stories, half named for virtues (bravery, chastity), and half for vices (lust, sloth), "evoke the strangeness of the everyday, undermining our best efforts to apply structure to it," according to the Star Tribune. He will read from the collection at the University Bookstore on Monday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Professor David Myers (music) will lead an international forum on the work of the U.S. Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major at the Reflective Conservatoire conference at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in March. He will also consult on undergraduate music curriculum reform at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign at the end of March. John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the Eastman School of Music, recently noted the Report of the College Music Society's Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major, chaired by Myers, in an article entitled "Rock Me Maestro" in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Graduate student Volcan Can Canbolat's (music) article, "Twinkle, Twinkle, All the Stars," was published in The American Suzuki Journal's September 2014 issue. This is the premier journal representing Suzuki Talent Education in the Americas.

Graduate student Mario Obando's (American studies) article "Queerness as Conviviality: Race, Sexuality and Risk in Instructions Not Included" was recently published by Cinephile: The University of British Columbia's Film Journal. It appears in the Volume 10, no. 2, "New Queer Theory in Film," Winter 2015 issue.

Accolades January 29, 2015

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Assistant professor Kate Derickson (geography, environment & society) has been named a 2015-2017 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. Her work explores and attempts to remediate the uneven capacity of historically marginalized communities to influence urban and environmental futures. The twin contexts of the "urban age" and the Anthropocene produce emergent, critical public policy challenges. The uneven ability of poor communities of color to participate in and influence those decision making processes poses an urgent challenge that is not addressed by popular frameworks like "resilience." Kate has proposed "resourcefulness" as an alternative public policy objective.

Senior lecturer Dan Karvonen's (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) English translation of Finnish author Jari Tervo's crime novel Pyhiesi yhteyteen has been published by Ice Cold Crime as Among the Saints. Although Tervo's novels have been translated into many languages, this is his first book to appear in English. Each chapter is told in the first person by 35 different people affected by a murder that occurs in the woods of Finnish Lapland.

Associate professor Jennifer Marshall (art history) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for her project "The Life and Work of African American Folk Artist William Edmondson (ca.1874-1951)."

Grad student Peter John (music; piano/composition) premiered his piano trio "The Clock-Trees" with Duo Parnas at Subculture in New York City on December 22. This piece was commissioned by Latitude 45 artists and Duo Parnas and will be performed in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in the spring.

Music faculty David Walsh (opera), Kathy Saltzman Romey (choral), Adriana Zabala (voice), and Philip Zawisza (voice), and University of Minnesota Chorus and Orchestra are featured in the February 2015 Opera News DVD review of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's oratorio Parables. The review, titled "Twist of Faith" says "Robert Aldridge's uplifting oratorio suggests that we must recognize differences before we can reconcile humanity's various beliefs." The production was directed by David Walsh.

Professor Michael Hancher's (English) article "Dickens's First Effusion" was published in the December Dickens Quarterly and referenced in the Times Literary Supplement (London) in their December 12 issue in the "N.B." section on the back page of that journal. This editor was surprised to learn that Dickens Quarterly is just one of three Dickens-related scholarly journals in publication (also The Dickensian and Dickens Studies Annual). Download the TBR mention and Michael's article: Hancher TRB + Dickens Article.pdf

Professor Jigna Desai's (gender, women, & sexuality studies) book Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South was selected by the editorial staff of Choice magazine as one of their Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014. The list includes 651 print books and 39 electronic resources chosen by the Choice editorial staff "for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important--often the first--treatment of their subject." See the full list.

Undergrad Drew Christensen (political science) was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in November. He represents Burnsville. Read more

The following faculty will be residential fellows in the Institute for Advanced Study next year. Complete project descriptions at the IAS website.

Fall 2015:
Michael Gallope (cultural studies and comparative literature): New Ontologies of Sonic Writing
Cindy Garcia (theatre arts & dance): How to Make it to the Salsa Dance Floor
Helena Pohlandt-McCormick (history): The Graves of Dimbaza: Reconsidering the Resilience of Race in the Post-Apartheid Present
Amit Yahav (English): Moments: Qualitative Time in Eighteenth-Century Culture

Spring 2016:
Annie Hill (gender, women, & sexuality studies): Sex Trafficking, Migration, and Law
Michael Lower (history): Violence and Religious Difference in the Premodern Mediterranean

Accolades December 11, 2014

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Professor Amy Kaminsky (gender, women & sexuality studies) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for 2015-16 to work on her book project, Planting Wheat and Reaping Doctors: Jews, Gender, and Modernity in Argentina. With it, she is challenging mainstream Jewish studies' focus on the U.S., Europe, and Israel, and takes the growing body of research both in Latin American Jewish studies and on gender, sexuality, and the modern nation in new directions.

Senior lecturer Jenneke Oosterhoff (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) has published Modern Dutch Grammar: A Practical Guide (Routledge).

Associate professor Michael Silverman (music) has received the American Music Therapy Association Research and Publication Award, one of the highest awards they present. The award recognizes music therapists who have contributed to the growth of the profession through research and scholarly activity resulting in advanced knowledge and the development of the profession of music therapy.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to support "Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta," which will open September 15. The exhibition will include 21 films and 26 related photographs. This will be the largest collection of the artist's films ever presented as individual projections within a full-scale gallery exhibition in the United States and many of these films have had limited previous exposure. The companion exhibition catalogue will be the first published book-length treatment of Mendieta's films, illustrated with stills made from the original films.

Professor Allen Isaacman's (history) book Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development is a co-winner of the Melville Herskovits Award from the African Studies Association as most distinguished publication of 2013; the book also received the Martin Klein Award from the American Historical Association as the best book in African history published in 2013. Allen has been appointed Extraordinary Professor at the University of Western Cape in South Africa.

Assistant professor Matthew Rahaim (music) is spending the year on a Fulbright fellowship in India. He is affiliated with the University of Pune, but working throughout India. His project studies the wide range of vocal techniques in India in relation their powers to cultivate varied (and often conflicting) traditions of practical virtue. Among the vocalists he is working with are Kabir singers in the rural Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, a family of qawwals (ritual singers) attached to the shrine of Moin-ud-din Chisti in Ajmer, Hindustani classical vocalists from various lineages in Delhi and Pune, and studio vocalists who record Bollywood songs in Mumbai.

Accolades November 26, 2014

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Associate professor Wilma Koutstaal (psychology) has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is among six fellows in the psychology section. She is cited "For distinguished contributions to the field of human cognition, including characterization of memory errors and understanding how we adapt in flexible and creative ways."

Associate professor Catherine Squires (communication studies) and professor Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies) have been named Generation Next/UROC Faculty Fellows. Along with two other faculty members and a team led by Michael Goh from the Office of Equity and Diversity, they are tasked with tackling the 'whys' behind Minnesota's achievement gap. The fellows were chosen for their community-based scholarship in the area of education, health, gender studies, communication and the arts.

Professor Abdi Samatar (geography, environment & society) has been named a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow. He will be working with the University of Pretoria on a project titled Curriculum Co-development for a Postgraduate Research Methodology Module in Political Sciences and Graduate Student Training and Mentoring. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Assistant professor Adriana Zabala (music) was a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony for Mozart Requiem - Masterworks Series (November 14-15). She also gave a master class for the North Florida Chapter of NATS to university students from NFN chapter. Adriana will be singing the role of Joanna in Carly Simon's opera Romulus Hunt in a revival production at Nashville Opera. She will be making a commercial recording the week after the December 5 - 7 performances.

Graduate student Shelley Mihm (music) was recently chosen by renowned judges Korliss Uecker, Melissa Wegner, and Benita Valente to compete as a finalist in the Upper Midwest Regional Metropolitan Council Audition finals at the Ordway Performing Arts Center on January 31, 2015. Shelley was chosen as one of two singers from North Dakota to compete in the finals along with two singers each from the states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. In addition, Shelley was awarded the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Vocal Soloist Prize. She will perform in the GFSO's 2015-2016 season.

Accolades November 13, 2014

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Professor Jeani O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been awarded the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 by the Western History Association. This honor reflects the work that she has done in her scholarship, her teaching, and her academic leadership here at the U of M, with the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, and with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

Professor David Pellow (sociology) has published Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement (U of MN Press).

Ph.D. student Mingwei Huang (American studies) was awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant for her dissertation research, "The Politics of Friendship after Bandung: Sino-African Contemporaries in South Africa," to be conducted in Cape Town and Johannesburg January through December 2015.

Ph.D. student Michele Stillinger (anthropology) received the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award in the Social Sciences for her thesis, Archaemagnetic Dating of Bronze Age Pottery from Tell Mozan, Syria. She received her M.A. in April 2013 under the direction of associate professor Katherine Hayes. Read more

Accolades October 16, 2014

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The Institute for Global Studies has received Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support a new National Resource Center, the African Studies Initiative. In addition, IGS received Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Africa, Asia, and international studies (23 each academic year and 12 summer fellowships). Altogether, the FLAS and NRC support is $919,000 each year for the next four years, totaling about $3.7 million. Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies & comparative literature) is the project director for the Africa grant.

Professor emeritus Gail Peterson (psychology) received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis. In presenting the award, the association cited Gail's work to develop behavioral analysis as a field, his teaching and mentorship of more than 150 practitioners, and research that has benefited families of children with autism.

Parables, composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein's interfaith oratorio, has been released on DVD by Naxos of America. This Emmy nominated production of Parables was presented by the U of M School of Music's University Opera Theatre and was directed by associate professor David Walsh in Ted Mann Concert Hall. The production features assistant professor Adriana Zabala (mezzo-soprano), student Joseph Okell (tenor), assistant professor Philip Zawisza (baritone), the U of M Chorus and University Singers (Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductor), U of M Opera Theatre Orchestra, and dancers of the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. More info

Graduate student Scott DeMuth (sociology) is the recipient of a Hawkinson Scholarship from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace & Justice in Minneapolis. Hawkinson Foundation scholarships support students who have demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice in their education and professional work. Scott's dissertation explores the impacts of indigenous language revitalization and social movements for land reclamation, and how these processes have the potential to reduce the high rates of suicide in Native American communities.

Ph.D. candidate Jesus Estrada-Perez (American studies) received a 2014 Steven J. Schochet Endowment Award for Best Graduate Paper for his dissertation chapter entitled, "A PLACE TO SPEND A SATURDAY NIGHT: Altar-native Visions of Space and Sexuality in the Art of Joey Terrill and Luciano Martinez."

Accolades October 2, 2014

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Professor Theo Stavrou (history) will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens on January 15, 2015.

The Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a national project that CLA has been involved in for the past three years, just received a $484,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Professor Jeani O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) and associate professor Kevin Murphy (history & American studies) contributed to the writing of the grant and Kevin currently serves on the HAL steering committee. HAL is a consortium of universities that works on historicizing and fostering civic engagement in the humanities and design on major and urgent social issues. HAL takes on a new theme every three years and participating universities offer related public history/humanities courses, engaging students (undergraduate and graduate) and community partners in analysis and dialogue. The inaugural effort was the Guantanamo Public Memory Project. With the next major project collaborators will explore the histories of incarceration in locations throughout the United States and public programming will engage these histories in contemporary debates about incarceration policies and the impacts of incarceration on individuals and communities.

Professor Ray Gonzalez's (English) 13th poetry collection, Soul Over Lightning (University of Arizona Press), was published September 25. Ray's poem "One El Paso, Two El Paso" appears in Best American Poetry 2014, which was published in September by Simon and Schuster. It is his fourth appearance in the annual series.

Assistant professor Daniel Griffin (geography, environment & society) is co-author of a new study that links short-term reductions in growth and reproduction of marine animals off the California coast to increasing variability in the strength of coastal upwelling currents--currents that supply nutrients to the region's diverse ecosystem. To reconstruct the past 600 years of upwelling along the California coast, the team used tree ring data, collected by Dan, from long-lived blue oak trees. The researchers demonstrated that growth patterns in blue oak trees near the coast are highly sensitive to the same climate factors associated with upwelling. During the past 600 years, four of the 10 most extremely poor upwelling years occurred since 1950, and seven of 10 have occurred since 1850. Read the article in Science.

Professor Nabil Matar's (English) British Captives from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1563-1760 (Brill) was published this past summer.

Research associate Ellery Frahm (anthropology & earth sciences) is co-author of a study published in Science that shows that groups of early humans (some 325,000 years ago) in the South Caucasus independently developed Levallois technology, an innovation in stone knapping techniques, to create tools out of obsidian. This finding contradicts a long-held belief that this way of making stone tools was brought to Eurasia via a human migration out of Africa. Ellery's contribution was chemically analyzing the stone tools using nondestructive techniques in the field to identify the volcanoes from which the obsidian originated, revealing information about the mobility of these early peoples.

Professor Paula Rabinowitz's (English) American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street (Princeton) will be published next week. In August, the University of Minnesota Press published Fashioning the Nineteenth Century, third in the Habits of Being series she co-edits with Cristina Giorcelli.

Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether (English) wrote about her summer trip to the Middle East for the Minneapolis Star Tribune in an article entitled "Where Poetry Lives: In Iran." Madelon also wrote a piece in September for the Star Tribune entitled "Visiting Ground Zero with My Grandchildren"

Professor Josephine Lee (English) was interviewed by Seattle Public Radio KUOW on July 18 about the checkered history of Gilbert and Sullivan's play The Mikado, which was controversially staged this summer by the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She was also interviewed by New York's WQRX on July 21. The Mikado is the subject of Jo's last book, The Japan of Pure Invention (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Jo was instrumental in updating the opera for a local Mu Performing Arts staging in 2013, which is referenced in a MSNBC report on the Seattle controversy.

Doctoral student (and professional drummer) Davu Seru (English) was recently commissioned by the new music ensemble Zeitgeist to compose "Vernae." The piece premiered at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival in June 2014. He was also awarded a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council 2014 "Next Step Award" which followed his 2013 "Minnesota Emerging Composer Award," a nomination-only award offered by the American Composers Forum.

Alumna Dr. Juliana Hu Pegues (American studies), who received her Ph.D. this year, was awarded the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in American Studies, American Ethnic Studies or American Women's Studies. Her dissertation is titled Interrogating Intimacies: Asian American and Native Relations in Colonial Alaska. This is the major dissertation prize in American Studies and it is highly competitive; it's the fourth time the prize has gone to a Minnesota student since 1987, the inaugural year. Juliana's advisers were Jigna Desai and Erika Lee.

Accolades September 18, 2014

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The four major language departments, CARLA, and the Language Center received a federally funded Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative grant, sponsored by the National Security Education Program, from the Institute of International Education. The grant will be administered by the Language Center (Dan Soneson, director) initially for two years, with a possibility for a one-year extension. It will involve external proficiency testing for students of French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as professional development opportunities for language instructors in the college. It will also allow the language programs to develop a systematic means for students to assess their own competence in one of these languages and to monitor their own proficiency development. The American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) certifies the results of the proficiency tests in speaking, listening, and reading. Students who participate will leave the University with nationally recognized ratings applied to their individual language skills.

These faculty members have received the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. The award recognizes faculty who are outstanding teachers of graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts.
Bruno Chaouat (French & Italian)
Carl Flink (theatre arts & dance)
Richard Lee (psychology)
Mary Schuster (writing studies)
Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies and comparative literature)

Assistant professor Gilliane Monnier and associate professor Gilbert Tostevin (both anthropology) have received funding from the National Science Foundation for their project excavating the site of Tvarožná in the Czech Republic. This three-year grant, which totals $162,432, will fund one season of excavation and study, special dating methods for lithic (stone) materials, field training, and more.

Professor David Lipset (anthropology) has published a new edited volume, Vehicles: Cars, Canoes and Other Metaphors of Moral Imagination (Berghan). Of special interest to CLA is Marko Živkovic's article, "Little Cars that Make us Cry," dedicated to the late anthropology professor Daphne Berdahl.

Professor Julie Schumacher (English) has published Dear Committee Members, "a novel that puts the 'pissed' back into 'epistolary.' " Read about it on Inside Higher Ed.

Assistant professor Minku Kim (art history) published an article (original in Korean), titled "The Puyŏ Faces: Gilt Bronze Masks from Mts. Dongtuanshan and Mao'ershan in Jilin and Their Connections" in one of South Korea's respected journals of art history, Misulsa nondan (Art History Forum). The article generated enormous public interest and was featured on the front page of the Chosun Daily, South Korea's most influential newspaper, below an article about President Obama and next to an ad for a Mariah Carey concert. Minku contends that bronze masks unearthed in Jilin Province, China clearly show cultural and ethnic characters of proto-Koreans, who established the ancient state of Puyŏ in the region during the first few centuries CE.

Professor Guerino Mazzola (music) gave seven jazz concerts in Japan in July. He performed at a number of venues in Tokyo and Yokohama with Swiss drummer Heinz Geisser and Japanese drummer Shrio Onuma. The concerts were recorded for live CD production.

Associate professor Andréa Stanislav (art) opened a new exhibition at the Burnet Gallery at the Le Méridien Chambers Hotel on September 12. "Phase Velocity" will show through October 12. In July, her video "Nightmare," of a white horse galloping on water, was a huge hit as part of Manifesta 10 Parallel Projects in St. Petersburg, Russia. Manifesta 10 is the European Biennial, considered the second most important international art bienniale. View a video of "Nightmare" and a sample of the huge amount of coverage Andréa's art received from Russian media (much of it in Russian).

Associate professor Sumanth Gopinath's (music theory) newest books, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, volume 1 and volume 2 (edited with Jason Stanyek) were published this year. Sumanth moderated the Reflections on Mobile Music Studies Roundtable on April 25 at the 2014 EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. The Roundtable included the Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies editors and four additional contributors.

Associate professor Christine Baeumler (art) developed Pollinator Garden as part of the Plains Art Museum's Defiant Gardens project. Her project brings together redesign of the urban environment, youth engagement, art, urban habitat for pollinators and storm water management, and over the summer kids from the Fargo area took part in the Buzz Lab and made this video talking up the importance of pollinators.

MFA candidate Jason Zencka (creative writing) is the 2014 Scribe for Human Rights. The goal of the Scribe for Human Rights Fellowship is to use creative narrative to reflect the different faces of victims of human rights abuses and to provide a broader array of professional experience to graduate student writers. It tries to create a platform for human rights advocacy through creative art.

Ph.D. student Luz Hernandez (Hispanic linguistics) has published a book in collaboration with her colleague Virginia Gibbs titled Shattered Dreams: The Story of a Historic ICE Raid in the Words of Detainees. The book, released last April by Floricanto Press, investigates the May 2008 ICE raid of Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, and centers on the testimonials of 10 undocumented Postville residents affected by the ICE raid of the plant.

Professor Steve Ruggles (history), director of Minnesota Population Center, has been elected the 2014 President-Elect of the Population Association of America. He is the first historian ever to hold that position. Read more

Three sociology faculty members have been elected to positions with the American Sociological Association:
Associate professor Joshua Page to the Sociology of Law Section Council.
Professor Jeylan Mortimer to chair-elect of the Section on Aging and the Life Course for 2014-2015.
Professor Doug Hartmann to the Publications Committee for a three-year term.

Associate professor Mary Franklin-Brown (French & Italian) spent a year as the Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University. She spent the year laying the groundwork for a new book investigating how medieval writers understood the human.

Accolades September 4, 2014

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The College of Liberal Arts earned a 2013-2014 U of M Alumni Association Program Extraordinaire Award for our series of alumni/student career development programs accomplished last school year. This award not only recognizes the volunteer efforts, advice, and support of CLA Alumni Society volunteers but it also honors the incredible vision and work of CLA Student Board leaders & volunteers (future CLA alumni) and CLA Career Services/Employer Relations colleagues. The award will be presented by UMAA during Homecoming week in October.

CLA, in collaboration with the Carlson School of Management, was awarded Research Infrastructure Reinvestment Program matching funds for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Laboratory's Precision-Timing Optimization project. This grant will allow the lab to meet the rapidly growing demand for precision timing research methodologies and to upgrade the current infrastructure and related services that allow high levels of control over presentation of human subjects research stimuli. Thomas Lindsay is the principal investigator.

Professor emeritus Thomas Bouchard (psychology) received the American Psychological Association's Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology in August. The citation read, in part, "Thomas J. Bouchard Jr. forever changed the way that people understand and explain individual differences in human behavior. His signature work, the Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart, was groundbreaking and inventive, exciting and controversial." Read more

Professor Raymond Duvall (political science) received the International Studies Association's Distinguished Scholar award for his contributions toward the development of international theory through both scholarship and mentorship.

Professor Alan G. Gross (communication studies) is one of the 2014 recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association. Given annually, the award recognizes and rewards NCA members for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Alan Gross is a premier scholar in the study of the rhetorical and communicative dimensions of science. The Rhetoric of Science, published by Harvard University Press in 1990, set off an national and international discussion of the importance of argument to the practice of scientific knowledge. More recently, in collaboration with Joseph Harmon of the Argonne National Laboratory, Communicating Science (Oxford University Press) has become the standard book in the field. The on-going collaboration with Joe Harmon has led to the recent publication of How Scientists Illustrate Meaning (University of Chicago Press). This book extends his original insights into the rhetoric of science by emphasizing the persuasive dimensions of pictures to the scientific enterprise.

Thumbnail image for NataliasEggs.jpgHuman resources consultant Natalia Rieland won a ribbon at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair for her trio of Ukrainian eggs (pictured).

(Know anyone else who won a ribbon at the Fair? Let us know!

McKnight Fellowships were awarded to a number of CLA-affiliated artists this year. They include:
Assistant professor Lamar Peterson (art) for visual artists
Associate professor Tetsuya Yamada (art) for visual artists
Professor Mathew J. LeFebvre (theatre arts and dance) for theater artists
Professor Joanie Smith (theatre arts and dance) for choreographers
Musician-in-residence Michelle Kinney (dance program) for composers

Professor Chris Uggen (sociology) won the American Sociological Association's Crime, Law and Deviance and Sociology of Law Sections' joint Peterson-Krivo Mentoring Award for 2014.

Spring 2014 Grants-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship were awarded to these CLA faculty:
Tracey Deutsch (history): The Julia Child Project
Stephen Engel (psychology): Towards a Novel Therapy for Strabismus
Katharine Gerbner (history): Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World
Chris Larson (art): African Breuer Daylight
Nabil Matar (English): European Missionaries in the Ottoman Levant: Converting Jews, Eastern Christians, and Muslims, 1598-1798
Jason McGrath (Asian languages & literatures): Anthologies of Chinese Film Theory and History
Jeylan Mortimer (sociology): How Parents Influence Children: A Three Generation Study
Rebekah Nagler (journalism & mass communication): Effects of Media Exposure to Cancer Screening Controversy: A Mixed-Methods Study
Lisa Park (sociology): Immigrant Health Strategies Post Affordable Care Act
Philip Sellew (classical & Near Eastern studies): Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age

Professors Lisa Park and David Pellow (both sociology) won the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, given by the Environment and Technology Section, American Sociological Association, for best book published from 2011-2013 for The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden.

Professor Jean O'Brien (history) is the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award winner for 2014. The award recognizes women faculty at the U of M-Twin Cities who have achieved significant national and international accomplishments and honors and who contribute as leaders on campus; it is sponsored by the Office for Faculty & Academic Affairs and the Women's Center. This award is named after Professor Emerita Sara Evans (history), an outstanding scholar and pioneer in her field, as well as a campus leader in multiple venues, including leadership for women's equity and social justice. The next nominations deadline is March 13.

Two doctoral students received prestigious awards from the Ford Foundation:
Anthony Michael Jimenez (sociology) received a three-year Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
Jameson Robert Sweet (history) received a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

New Ph.D. Sean Nye (comparative studies in discourse and society) won the Graduate School's award for best dissertation in the arts and humanities. His dissertation topic was Teutonic Time-Slip: Travels in Electronic Music, Technology, and German Identity, 1968-2009. His adviser was Richard Leppert. Sean is currently Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at University of Southern California.

Ph.D. student Heather O'Leary (anthropology) has been selected by the McMaster University Water Network for a two-year postdoctoral position which began in August.

Accolades May 15, 2014

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Professor Michael Sommers (theatre arts & dance) is among the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Award (PDF), which is $80,000. The award, from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is part of a special, ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts.

Professor Ray Gonzalez (English) will make his fourth appearance in the annual Best American Poetry anthology series (Simon and Schuster), this time with the poem "One El Paso, Two El Paso," selected for the 2014 iteration to be published in September.

Professor Paula Rabinowitz (English) published the third in her Habits of Being series (University of Minnesota Press), co-edited with Cristina Giorcelli. Fashioning the Nineteenth Century shows how certain items of apparel acquired the status of fashion and how fashion shifted from the realm of the elites into the emerging middle and working classes--and back.

Associate Professor Catherine Squires (communication studies) has published Post-Racial Mystique: Media and Race in the Twenty-First Century (NYU Press). She explores how a variety of media--the news, network television, and online, independent media--debate, define and deploy the term "post-racial" in their representations of American politics and society.

Associate Professor Timothy Lovelace's (music) new album Modern American Viola Music, with Maggie Snyder, was recently released on Arabesque Records. It includes seven works by Stephen Paulus, plus others. Find it online or through iTunes.

Professor Joanie Shapiro's (theatre arts & dance) company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, received a 2014 Art Works grant to support a dance residency. The residency will involve preliminary explorations for a new work titled "Tableau Vivant," choreographed by Joanie. The residency will take place at Tofte Lake Center, a creative retreat center for artists, scholars, and thinkers of all disciplines located on the shores of a secluded lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. While at Tofte, the dancers will also conduct workshops for other artists in the area.

Graduate students Adelia Chrysler and Moritz Meutzner (both German, Scandinavian & Dutch) have each received the Berman/Gross Fellowship Award from the Center for Jewish Studies to support their research during summer 2014.

Graduate student Brian Wilson (philosophy) will study food accessibility in Bolivia this summer through the Global Spotlight Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (GPS Alliance). His project will investigate the underlying causes of food inaccessibility, particularly in the Cochabamba department, in order to better inform governmental practices and contribute to the development of practical solutions.

Graduate student Hollie Nyseth Brehm (sociology) was named among the "30 Top Thinkers Under 30" by Pacific Standard: The Science of Society. They cite Hollie for her outstanding work as an emerging voice in genocide studies. She says, "While many people believe that genocide is unpredictable, I study how it is actually patterned. I am creating models to better understand the factors that influence why, when, and how genocide occurs." See April 18 on their list.

The following graduate students have received Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships from the Graduate School.

Carolyn Fraker (sociology): "Worker and Mother: Hybrid Welfare Programs in the Neoliberal Era"
Adviser: Teresa Gowan
Research Center: Center on Women and Public Policy
Faculty Mentor: Joe Soss
Jack Lam (sociology): "Hedging Risk in the Face of Precarious Employment: Examining the Job Insecurity-Health Relationship"
Adviser: Phyllis Moen
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentor: Michael Oakes
Matthew Luttig (political science): "Political Polarization and the Development of Partisan Group-Centrism"
Advisers: Howard Lavine & Chris Federico
Research Center: Center for the Study of Political Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Paul Goren
Maria Rebolleda Gomez (ecology, evolution & behavior): "Biological Individuality and the Evolution of Multicellularity"
Adviser: Michael Travisano
Research Center: Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Faculty Mentor: Alan Love
Jim Saliba (sociology): "Power, Race, and Equity: Governance Structure Changes and K-12 Educational Opportunity in the United States"
Advisers: Ron Aminzade & Rob Warren
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentor: Joe Soss
Molly Tun (Hispanic and Lusophone literatures, cultures & linguistics): "Articulations of Colonial Counting: Literary and Numeric Discourse in Early Modern Andean Accounts"
Advisers: Luis Ramos-Garcia & Nicholas Spadaccini
Research Center: Center for Early Modern History
Faculty Mentors: JB Shank & Sarah Chambers
Elizabeth Williams (history): "White Man's Country: Discourses of Race, Sexuality, and Indigeneity in Colonial Kenya, 1900-1960"
Advisers: Anna Clark & Patricia Lorcin
Research Center: Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
Faculty Mentor: Jigna Desai

Graduate student Laura Pigozzi (writing studies) has received a Consortium on Law and Values--Professional and Graduate Student Award. Her project is titled, "Examining the Gap Between a Morally Valid Consent and a Legally Adequate Consent, Entiende?"

These CLA people have received mini-grants from the Institute on the Environment:

Jane Blocker (art history) Art and the Environment Exhibit: Students from the class "Art and the Environment" will produce enlarged, mounted photo prints of their creations for an exhibition in the IonE Commons: Meeting and Art Space.
Katherine Klink (geography, environment and society) Do Urban Farms Ameliorate the Urban Heat Island?: Katherine will lead a team monitoring changes in temperature and humidity in an area that will be developed into an urban farm, hoping to understand how land use and land cover may alter the urban microclimate.
Roslye Ultan (art history) Sustainable Acts: Mother Earth's Embrace: Through workshops, roundtables and panel conversations involving artists, scientists and environmental practitioners, an exhibition integrating visual and musical arts and sciences will be designed to inspire audiences to participate in social and cultural change.
Michael Goldman (sociology) Planning for Bangalore's Great Transformation: Michael and his team will organize workshops in Bangalore and Minneapolis aiming to deepen relations across institutions to expand the study of human and environmental effects of Bangalore's rapid urban expansion.

The following graduate students have received Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.
Amelie Allard anthropology
Andrew Bergmann music
Cameron Bradley history
Wesley Burdine English
Sian Butcher geography
Karisa Butler-Wall American studies
Philip Chen political science
Shinho Cho psychology
Kailin Clarke economics
Joseph Curiale music
Kathryn Droske French
Ashley English political science
Sinan Erensu sociology
Nicole Garrett anthropology
Rachel Gibson French
Nayla Hamdi psychology
Chase Hobbs-Morgan political science
Andrew Hoyt history
Zhen Huo economics
Asli Ikizoglu geography
Kasey Keeler American studies
Sarah Lageson sociology
Patrick Laine philosophy
Brittany Lewis feminist studies
Ellen Manovich history
Carra Martinez theatre arts
Andrew Marzoni English
Liza Meredith psychology
Nathan Meyer anthropology
Keaton Miller economics
Zein Murib political science
Basit Hammad Qureshi history
Ian Ramsay psychology
Jack Rossbacheconomics
Michael Rowe English
Nicole Scott cognitive science
Jason Steffen philosophy
Stephen Suh sociology
Benjamin Utter English
Magic Wade political science
Ningyuan Wang psychology
Nathan Weaver Olson history
Alexander Wisnoski III history
Dag Yngvesson comparative studies in discourse and society
Ann Zimo history
Marla Zubel comparative literature

Accolades May 1, 2014

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Congratulations to both Professor Michael Hancher (English) and Professor Ann Waltner (history and Institute for Advanced Study) on receiving President's Awards for Outstanding Service.

Since joining the Department of English in 1972, Professor Hancher has served as Director of English Graduate Studies, CLA Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Chair of English, and most recently Vice Chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee of the Faculty Senate, which serves as the consulting body to President Eric Kaler and as the executive committee of the Faculty Senate.

Professor Waltner will be honored for her service as the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study with Performing the Past and Provoking the Future: Symposium on Interdisciplinary Collaboration, which will include presentations on collaborations between artist and scholars featuring Zhang Hong, Susan Mann, and Leigh Fondakowski, and a workshop exploring how collaboration can address urgent problems. The festivities will continue in the evening, with a dinner in her honor. Reservations and payment required for dinner; the symposium is free and open to the public without registration. More information.

The Office of Public Engagement, a unit of the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced that graduate student Rahsaan Mahadeo (sociology) received the 2014 UMN Outstanding Community Service Student Award. Congratulations, Rahsaan!

Distinguished McKnight University Professor of English John Watkins was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2014-15. He will be a senior research visitor at the Keble College Research Committee at Oxford University during fall 2014 and spring 2015. Watkins is completing a book project on interdynastic marriage in European peacemaking from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century.

Professor of English Geoff Sirc was honored March 22 at the 65th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis with a six-speaker tribute panel entitled "Never Mind Geoffrey Sirc." The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is the world's largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition.

Emeritus Professor of English Peter Reed contributed an essay to the book Kurt Vonnegut Drawings, a collection of artwork by Vonnegut which will be launched on May 14, 2014, at the Margo Feiden Gallery in New York. The book is edited by Vonnegut's daughter, Nanette Vonnegut, who also provides an introduction, and is published by Monacelli Press.

Professor and former senior administrator at the University of Minnesota Ann Hill Duin (writing studies) has been named one of four NITLE Fellows (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education). NITLE fellows are community leaders with proven backgrounds in higher education consulting and deep roots in the liberal education community. The importance of the liberal arts to technology has never been more urgent; Professor Duin's appointment will keep CLA engaged in these critical discussions. See the press release.

Two proposals from CLA groups have been awarded funds from the Graduate School's RFP for Innovative Ideas in Interdisciplinary Graduate Education: Tracey Deutsch (history), Rachel Schurman (sociology), and Emily Hoover (horticultural science) submitted a proposal for a Food Studies "field guide" and the CLA Committee on the Humanistic Commons submitted a proposal to create graduate research groups.

Rie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) has won the 2014 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award given by Larry and Deirdre Mechelke following a competition held in their home on April 25.

Eric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) received a grant from the Rislov Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI for excellence in classical music, based on his recording of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto performed in a faculty/student recital at MacPhail Center for Music in February. This summer he will attend the AlpenKammerMusik music festival in Austria as a scholarship recipient and the only clarinetist.

All four English PhD candidates nominated for a Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship received the award. The DDF supports students in writing dissertations across an academic year. Congrats to Andrew Marzoni, Wes Burdine, Mike Rowe, and Ben Utter.

Accolades April 17, 2014

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Professor John Watkins (English) has has been named a 2014 fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. During his fellowship, Watkins will complete a book he is writing about marriage diplomacy in the late middle ages to the end of the 17th century. Read more

Graduate student Anthony Jimenez (sociology) has been awarded the Ford Foundation 2014 Predoctoral Fellowship.

Institute for Advanced Study Research and Creative Collaboratives for 2014-15 are announced. The following lists only the CLA people involved with each collaborative. Read more

Valentine Cadieux (sociology)
Tracey Deutsch (history)
Rachel Schurman (sociology)

Brecht's America: Rehearsing Failure
Lisa Channer (theatre arts & dance)
Matthias Rothe (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)

Code Work: Exploring Digital Studies Through Code
Chris Lindgren (writing studies)

Engaged Art in the Social Sphere
Christine Baeumler (art)
Howard Oransky (Nash Gallery and art)
Christina Schmid (art)

Kat Hayes (anthropology)
Kevin Murphy (American studies and history)

Improvising Ecosystems
Scott Currie (music)
Maja Radovanlija (music)
Diane Willow (art)

Private for the Public Good? Media Treatments of Education, Citizenship and Opportunity in the United States
Mary Vavrus (communication studies)

Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in post-Stalinist Europe

Alejandro Baer (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies)
Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program)
Joachim Savelsberg (sociology)

Rethinking Visual Media Studies after the Digital Revolution

Jason McGrath (Asian languages & literatures)
Laurie Ouellette (communication studies)
Graeme Stout (cultural studies and comparative literature)

Well-Being in the Midwest African Diaspora
Keith A. Mayes (African American & African studies)
Catherine Squires (communication studies)

Where is Nature Now?
Christine Baeumler (art)
Sean Connaughty (art)

Accolades April 3, 2014

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Professor Thomas Rose (art) has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the project Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of the Arts. The project brings together faculty from CLA who have expertise in Chinese art with experts at Carleton, St. Olaf, St. Thomas, Macalester, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. With partners in China, these institutions will solidify and expand connections and collaborations in the field of Chinese arts. Look for more exchanges of artists and students between China and Minnesota over the next three years.

Professor Jan Estep (art) has been named Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts for 2014-17. Over the next few years she will focus on her ongoing Thinking Portraits project, for which she shadowed a team of cognitive neuroscientists using fMRI imagery to study how the brain processes language. And a related interest is the relationship of spirituality and mindfulness to contemporary art, following up her Are you there, Guanyin? installation at the MIA and other recent works.

Professor Ana Paula Ferreira (Spanish & Portuguese studies) has been named Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities.

Professor Joanie Smith (theatre arts and dance) has been awarded the John Black Johnston Distinguished Professorship. Her dance company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, will open her new work, "NARCISSUS," at the Cowles Center for Dance April 17-19.

Japanese Director of Language Instruction Michiko Buchanan's (Asian languages and literatures) students were all prize winners at the 28th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest held at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago on March 22. Yiqing Ma won fourth prize, Jue Sun won the Bonjinsha Award, and Phillip Yocca Bachman won the grand prize.

Professors Wayne Potratz and Jan Estep (both art) are featured in segments on the next Minnesota Original, set to start airing this Sunday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m. on TPT.

Professor James Dillon (music) was guest composer at Stanford University in February, giving a masterclass and teaching composition. In addition, his work was performed that month in New York (Talea Ensemble), Seattle (Séverine Ballone), Chicago (Fonema Consort) and San Francisco (San Francisco New Music Players). In addition to his residency at the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, he will be the composer-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory in December 2014.

Assistant Professor Adriana Zabala (music) is currently performing the role of Sesto Pompeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee. The Journal Sentinel said of her performance, "Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala gave a strikingly believable performance in the 'pants' role of Sextus. She blended vocal clarity, a youthful emotional directness and a light-footed stage presence to create a highly sympathetic character." In February she performed the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Jacksonville Symphony.

Professor Becky Shockley (music) has been nominated to receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her DMA. She will receive the award during the May 7 commencement ceremonies at CU-Boulder. She also gave a presentation on Mapping Music at the Texas Music Educators Association State Convention in San Antonio in February.

Graduate student Tammy Owens (American studies) has been awarded a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship from the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.

Several graduate students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication took home awards at the 2014 American Academy of Advertising (AAA) Conference.

Taemin Kim and Okhyun Kim won Best Student Paper award with their paper "Effects of Ironic Advertising on Consumers' Attention, Involvement and Attitude." This award is given to the single best paper written only by students. Minnesota graduate students have swept this award three years in a row since this award was created in 2012.
Heewon Im won the AAA Doctoral Dissertation Award with her dissertation proposal "Effects of Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising on Patients' Medication Regimen Adherence."
Soojung Kim won a Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant and presented three solo-authored and co-authored papers.
Jennifer Lueck, Xiaoyan Liu, and Yun Peng presented a research paper which was produced from their class team project (other co-authors include Ben Miller and Sarah Cavanah).
And finally, Associate Professor Jisu Huh won AAA Research Fellowship Award with her co-authored research proposal "Influence of Endorser Testimonials in Print Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising."

Graduate student Meagan Tripp (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) has been awarded a DAAD grant for the 2014-15 academic year to conduct research on her dissertation, "Dance on the Page, Poetry on Stage: Intersections between Modernist German Poetry and Dance."

Accolades March 20, 2014

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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.

Accolades March 6, 2014

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Professor Emeritus Guy Gibbon (anthropology) has published Critically Reading the Theory and Methods of Archaeology: An Introductory Guide. (New York: AltaMira, 2013). It's described as a, "thorough and practical guide to the essential critical reading and writing skills that all students, instructors, and practitioners should have. It provides priceless insight for the here and now of the Theory and Methods of Archaeology classes and for a lifetime of reading, learning, teaching, and writing."

Rarig Center is #4 on the list of Most Amazing College Campus Theaters in the United States by Lots of interesting and prestigious spaces on the list--good company!

Professor Kathleen Hansen (journalism and mass communication) has won the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Associate Professor Akosua Addo (music education) presented "Playing with Music and Math" at the Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic. She also just published "Amango: Movement in the Context of the Ghanaian Singing Game" in the winter 2014 edition of The Orff Echo.

Associate Professor Scott Lipscomb (music education) presented "Making music ... REALLY: Musical composition and improvisation for implementation by ANY teacher" at the Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic. He then traveled to Knoxville, Tenn. for the regional conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (for which he is president) and the College Music Society, where he presented "Rocking the web: Teaching music appreciation online" about his innovative online rock history course, which he teaches during summer sessions in an online format.

Assistant Professor Laura Sindberg (music education) also presented at the recent Minnesota Music Educators Association's Midwinter Clinic, on, "Who? Me? Towards Becoming a Change Agent and an Excellent Teacher."

Accolades February 6, 2014

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Teaching specialist Toni Pierce-Sands (dance), Uri Sands, and their company, TU Dance, received a $500,000 award from the Knight Foundation as part of a major initiative for arts organizations in St. Paul. This award is intended to support TU Dance's efforts to diversify the local dance community. Read more

Associate Professor Philip Sellew (Classical and Near Eastern studies) is the principal investigator for "Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age," which has just been awarded $175,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Researchers here and at Oxford University will study Christian identity in Greco-Roman Egypt by building a digital transcription tool for the Coptic language and a web-based interface that will permit scholars to analyze crowd-sourced transcriptions of ancient papyri found in a trash heap in Egypt documenting the everyday lives and activities of early Christians in the Mediterranean. Read more

Professor and chair Joseph R. Allen (Asian languages and literatures) has won the Joseph Levenson Prize for nonfiction scholarly books on post-1900 China, for his book Taipei: City of Displacements. The Levenson prizes (another is given for books on pre-1900 China) are the most important in the field of Chinese studies and are awarded to the English-language books that make the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China.

Professors Rachel Schurman and Ron Aminzade (sociology) received a Global Spotlight Seed Grant for their project, "The New Green Revolution and the Politics of Agricultural Policy-Making in Tanzania." Their co-investigators are Deborah Levison (Humphrey School) and Dr. Paul Manda (University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania).

Research associate Kirsten Valentine Cadieux (sociology and geography) is part of a team of co-investigators who received a Global Spotlight Seed Grant for their project, "Building Popular Food Security Institutions: Developing Policy-Oriented Curriculum for Translating between Political Agro-Ecology Practice and Policy Reform in Nepal, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the E.U." Her co-investigators are Bhaskar Upadhyay (curriculum and instruction), Renata Blumberg (geography), and Jahi Chappell (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy).

Associate Professor Kale Fajardo (American studies) has a new essay, "Queering and Transing the Great Lakes: Filipino/a Tomboy Masculinities and Manhoods across Waters" in a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies called "Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Midwest." Read the essay

Professor David Knoke's (sociology) book, Economic Networks (published in 2012 by Polity Press, Cambridge, UK) was selected by Choice magazine as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013. The January issue lists 22 sociology titles, and 663 titles in 54 disciplines and subsections, from more than 7,000 books that Choice reviewed last year.

Education specialist Beth Kautz and senior lecturer Jenneke Oosterhoff (both German, Scandinavian & Dutch) have each been awarded a P&A Professional Development Leave by CLA this semester. Beth will travel to Germany and write a book chapter about teaching environmental and sustainability issues in the foreign language classroom. Jenneke will be working on a textbook for learning Dutch.

Professor Christopher Uggen (sociology), and Associate Professors Roy Cook (philosophy) and Dan Philippon (English) are recipients of international travel grants from Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Associate Professor and chair Carl Flink's (theatre arts and dance) TED Talk, "Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal," created with John Bohannon, went "platinum" on last week, with more than 1 million views since it posted. Watch it now, if you weren't one of the first million to do so.

Professor Bill Beeman (anthropology) has a paper in the forthcoming Social Change in Post-Khomeni Iran, edited by Mahmood Monshipouri, to be published by Georgetown later this year. Bill's paper is titled "Post-Revolutionary Iran: Democracy or Theocracy?" Read more about the research initiative.

Two CLA students were winners of USpatial Mapping Prize awards. Taylor Long (Master of Geographic Information Science) won in the Best Cartography category. Rebecca Barney (geography undergraduate) won for Best Interactive Map. All entries can be viewed online, and they are worth a look for anyone with an interest in maps and their possibilities.

Accolades January 23, 2014

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Professor Jean O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been selected by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to serve as the Secretary's appointee to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education scholarship fund. The five-member board oversees the scholarship fund that was authorized by the Cobell Settlement, to provide financial assistance to Native American students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.

In announcing the appointment, Secretary Jewell said of Jeani and co-appointee Pamela Agoyo of the University of New Mexico, "... their accomplishments have opened the doors of higher education to all American Indians and Alaska Natives. Their experience and expertise will be exceptionally valuable to the Board of Trustees, as the scholarship fund helps students across Indian Country access the higher education they need to succeed in today's world."

The following staff members were honored with Outstanding Service Awards at a reception on Tuesday, January 22.

Lynn Argetsinger (external relations)
Clare Beer (undergraduate programs)
Mary Drew (sociology)
Esther Maruani (psychology)
Orbe Stricherz (psychology)
Teresa Sutton (English)
Kara Tacheny (CLA administration)
Stephanie Treat (Language Center)

Classical and Near Eastern Studies/Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature department staff:
Claire Anderson
Kate Gallagher
Barbara Lehnhoff
Derk Renwick
Jesse Stroess

CLA OIT Media Services Work Group:
Celina Byers
Laura Cervin
Sarah Knoblauch
Rebecca Moss
David Ullman

These CLA faculty members will be Institute for Advanced Study Fellows:
Fall 2014
Elaine Auyoung (English): Missing Fiction: The Feeling of Realism
Katharine Gerbner (history): Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World, 1660-1760
Njeri Githire (African American & African studies): (In)edible ideologies: Food, Identity and the (Post)Colonial Subject in African Literary and Cultural Expression
Dominic Taylor (theatre arts & dance): Ice, Man - Black in White: Black Bodies on Stage in Classic White Roles

Spring 2015
Katherine Hayes (anthropology): Bohemian Flats Public Memory Project: Archaeology, Public History and Heritage
Leslie Morris (German, Scandinavian & Dutch): Lacunae: The Loss of Loss
David Valentine (anthropology): Off the Rock: Human Futures in Outer Space

Professor Emeritus Michael Dennis Browne (English) has been awarded the 2014 Graven Award by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) held its 88th annual meeting in Minneapolis on January 2 - 5. Seven faculty members and students from our Institute of Linguistics participated. Linguistics undergraduates Carolyn Spadine, Andrew Hedding and Maria Stolen had their papers accepted for presentation at the meeting. It is unusual for undergraduates to present papers at the LSA. Most papers accepted for presentation are from faculty and graduate students, and the overall acceptance rate is 35%.

This is the first time in over 20 years that the conference has been held in Minnesota. For more details, see the Linguistic Society of America.

In his list of 100 Best Albums of 2013, critic Ted Gioia listed Alex Lubet's (music) Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar #52. Lubet composed and performed all the music on the album.

Professor and chair Joan Tronto (political science) will receive an honorary doctoral degree from the University for Humanistic Studies in the Netherlands next week. More info

Accolades December 12, 2013

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Assistant Professor Chris Larson (art) has been accepted into the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition runs March 7 through May 25, 2014 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, curated by Anthony Elms, Michelle Grabner and Stuart Comer. Read more and see the list of artists.

Professor and chair Abdi Samatar (geography) was elected a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). The AAS is an Africa-wide scientific organization that honors internationally renowned African scientists and encourages the development of the research and technology base throughout Africa. The membership has been extended to scientists from other continents. The membership now stands at 233 fellows.

Professor Gene Borgida (psychology) was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Gene was the only University of Minnesota-Twin Cities faculty member to achieve this honor and the only social psychologist in the United States within this year's round. In all, the AAAS Council elected 388 members as fellows across scientific disciplines. Read the MN Daily article

The Department of History swept the Council of Graduate Schools/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation awards in the humanities. New assistant professor Austin Mason received the award for his Boston College dissertation, "Listening to the Early Medieval Dead: Religious Practices in Britain, 400-1000 C.E." The runner-up was Caley Horan, a recent Ph.D., for her dissertation "Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Postwar United States," advised by Elaine Tyler May and Lary May. Caley is currently a lecturer in the history department at Princeton. The CGS/Proquest awards are biennial, meaning these are the two best humanities dissertations of all major graduate schools of the past two years.

Associate Professor Alan Love (philosophy) has been awarded a $425,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation for his project "Integrating Generic and Genetic Explanations of Biological Phenomena," with co-principal investigator William Wimsatt (current Winton chair-holder). his project brings together a diverse team of scholars in philosophy and biology to address the problem of integrating different types of explanations from scientific approaches to better understand life's complexity. The project will result in substantial advances in our understanding of three different domains of biological phenomena, establish a new collaborative networks of scientists, and illuminate the means and motivation of progress in biological knowledge over time.

Professor Emeritus Lary May (American studies) is the recipient of the Mid-America American Studies Association 2013 Elizabeth Kolmer Award, which is given annually to honor teaching and mentoring in the field of American Studies and service to MAASA.

Professor Bill Beeman (anthropology) authored a chapter, "U.S.-Iran Relations: Mutually Assured Estrangement," in the new book Iran Foreign Policy since 2001: Alone in the World (Routledge). Bill is making the chapter available to interested colleagues in CLA.

The fall 2013 issue of Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German is focused on environmental topics, as proposed by Professor Charlotte Melin (German, Scandinavian & Dutch), who also wrote one of the essays. The editors' letter and the volume's first essay mention GSD's Green German Project and the influential workshop "Grünes Deutschland," led by Beth Kautz and and Charlotte at the Goethe-Institut, Chicago in 2012.

Graduate student Jasmine Tang (American studies) had her essay "'A Tennessean in an Unlikely Package': The Stand-Up Comedy of Henry Cho," published in Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South (University of Illinois Press), edited by Khyati Joshi and Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies).

Graduate student Jim Hall (scientific and technical communication) had his article, "It's about the User: Applying Usability in Open-Source Software," published in the December issue of Linux Journal, a journal about Linux and open source software. The article is about usability in open source software, and is based on a usability study from one of his STC classes.

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.

Accolades October 31, 2013

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Professor Korey Konkol (music) has received the Master Teacher: Studio award from the Minnesota String & Orchestra Teachers Association.

Associate Professor Scott Lipscomb (music) was invited to attend and blog about the World Science Festival's panel discussion on the topic of "The Art of the Score: The Mind, Music, and Moving Images." The panel was facilitated by actor Alec Baldwin and included Joel and Ethan Coen (writers, directors, and producers), Carter Burwell, and Aniruddh Patel (neuroscientist), who mentions Scott's work in his comments. (The video is very entertaining. -ed.)

Professor Gordon Legge (psychology) received the Charles F. Prentice Medal, the highest award from the American Academy of Optometry. His research has been broadly aimed at a number of issues that are central to optometry, from elucidating the sensory and neural mechanisms of normal binocular vision, to understanding the sensory effects of low vision and the factors that limit reading.

Professor Howard Lavine (political science) is the editor of Advances in Political Psychology, the new publication series sponsored by the International Society of Political Psychology.

Emeritus Professors Ed Griffin (English), John Howe (history), and John Adams (geography) are on the editorial board of a new online journal out of the U of M: The Journal of Opinions, Ideas, and Essays. The board of editors invites submissions from any member of the University community, past or present. You may view the inaugural issue online. Ed's article in the inaugural issue is called "Jim's Secrets: What Mark Twain Knew but Huck Finn Didn't."

Professor Emerita Toni McNaron (English) publishes her latest book, a spiritual memoir entitled Into the Paradox: Conservative Spirit, Feminist Politics, as of today through as a paperback or as an e-book.

Professor Emerita Valerie Miner (English) published a new novel Traveling with Spirits. Read the Boston Globe review.

Graduate students Caitlin McHugh and Jessica Appoloni (both English) have won two of the ten fellowships in the inaugural Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance program. The fellowships support five weeks in Italy working with a distinguished group of senior scholars representing a broad range of thought about the Renaissance. Each fellow receives a stipend of $10,000 in addition to room, board, and airfare.

Ph.D. candidate Amanda Taylor (English) has been selected for the Center for Renaissance Studies' fall 2013 ten-week graduate seminar, History of Emotions, Medieval and Early Modern, at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Accolades October 17, 2013

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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.

Accolades October 3, 2013

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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.

Accolades September 19, 2013

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Professor and vice provost and dean of undergraduate education Robert McMaster (geography) was named a fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) for contributing to the advancement of geographic information science education and research. In honoring him with this award, UCGIS cited Bob's significant research contributions in automated generalization of geospatial data and phenomena, environmental risk, and GIScience and society, along with his service to the organization.

Associate Professor Catherine Squires (journalism and mass communication) will receive the Mullen-Spector-Truax Women's Leadership Award at the Celebrating University Women event on September 27. The event is sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, and the Women's Center.

Professor Howard Lavine's (political science) book, The Ambivalent Partisan, was named recipient of the Robert E. Lane Award, given by the Political Psychology Section of the American Political Science Association for the best book in Political Psychology in the past year.

Assistant Professor Rebekah Nagler (journalism and mass communication) has been named a 2013 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) and Masonic Cancer Center Women's Health Scholar. Her project is titled Exposure to Cancer Screening Media Controversy & Its Influence on Underserved Women's Perceptions, Screening Behaviors, & Clinical Interactions.

Accolades September 5, 2013

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Associate Professor Mary Kennedy and Professor Benjamin Munson (both speech-language-hearing sciences) have been named fellows of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Fellowship is one of their highest awards, given to members who have made outstanding contributions to the field.

Professor Rose Brewer (African American and African studies) has received the American Sociological Association Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Sociology Award. This is one of only nine major ASA awards given annually.

Associate Professor Michael Goldman (sociology) and Associate Professor Kelley Harness (music) have been awarded the College of Liberal Arts 2012-2013 Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Awards. The award acknowledges faculty who inspire and care, who make themselves approachable, who show an interest in individual students' well-being and in programs for the benefit of students generally, who give of themselves generously in advising, counseling, and directing projects, and who create an active classroom atmosphere.

Associate Professor Jennifer Marshall's (art history) book, Machine Art, 1934 (University of Chicago Press) was awarded the Robert Motherwell Book Award from the Dedalus Foundation.

Assistant Professor Seth Lewis' (journalism and mass communication) article, "The tensions between professional control and open participation: journalism and its boundaries," was named the Outstanding Journal Article of the Year (2012) in Journalism Studies.

Accolades May 9, 2013

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Professor Thomas Rose (art) has had his recent book projects Secrets, the collaboration with Chinese artist Lo Ching, and Time Frames acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Time Frames has also been acquired by the Library of Congress and the Yale University's arts library special collections.

Professor John Freeman (political science) has received the Wallerstein Award from the American Political Science Association's Political Economy Section. The Wallerstein Award is for the best article in political economy published the previous calendar year. John and his coauthor, Dennis Quinn (Georgetown University), won the award for their article, "The Economic Origins of Democracy Reconsidered," which was published in the American Political Science Review, February 2012.

Associate Professor Carl Flink and Professor Ananya Chatterjea (both theatre arts and dance) are both recipients of 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreographers. Now, in addition to that award, they have both received residencies for the 2013-14 season. Carl will spend six and a half weeks in residence at the American Dance Festival (ADF) in Durham, N.C. in June-July 2014. He will create a new work using dancers from the prestigious ADF Six Week School. His new work will premiere at the festival on a shared evening. Ananya will spend one week in residence with her company, Ananya Dance Theatre, at the Tofte Lake Center near Ely, Minnesota, in July 2014.

Accolades April 25, 2013

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Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May has received a Guggenheim fellowship. It will support her book project "The American Quest for Security, 1960 to the present." Read more

Regents Professor Patricia Hampl (English) will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree from St. Bonaventure University (St. Bonaventure, NY) on May 12.

Associate Professor George Sheets (classical and Near Eastern studies) has received a President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units.

Four CLA faculty members have received 2013 Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Faculty Awards:

Assistant Professor Jane Gingrich (political science)
Associate Professor Eden Torres (gender, women and sexuality studies)
Associate Professor Marco Yzer (journalism and mass communication)
Associate Professor Hui Zou (statistics)

Associate Professor Shaden M. Tageldin (cultural studies and comparative literature) has received the honorable mention for the 2013 Harry Levin Prize, awarded by the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), for her book Disarming Words: Empire and the Seductions of Translation in Egypt (University of California Press, 2011). The 2013 Levin Prize distinguishes the best first book in comparative literature published in 2010-2012. The prize committee was "notably excited about the book's theoretical considerations of translation using the paradigm of seduction, as well as the brilliant case studies, with their sophisticated movements among works, languages, and cultures."

Associate Professor Howard Lavine's (political science) book The Ambivalent Partisan (Oxford University Press, 2012), won the David O. Sears Award from the International Society of Political Psychology for the best book on the political psychology of mass behavior. The award will be presented at the annual meetings of ISPP at Herzliya, Israel, in July.

Accolades April 11, 2013

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Professor Tim Kehoe (economics) has been named the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Medalist.

Professor Ananya Chatterjea (theatre arts and dance), Associate Professor Alan Love (philosophy) and Professor Joan Tronto (political science) have been named CLA Scholars of the College.

Professor Ron Aminzade (sociology), Associate Professor Paul Goren (political science) and Associate Professor Saje Mathieu (history) have received the Arthur "Red" & Helene B. Motley Exemplary Teaching Award.

Regents Professor Patricia Hampl (English) has received the Dr. Matthew Stark Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Faculty Award.

Professor Andrew Oxenham (psychology) and Professor Barbara Welke (history) have been named Distinguished McKnight University Professors.

Professor Kay Reyerson (history) has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy. This annual award recognizes members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is crucial to the health of medieval studies but often goes unrecognized by the profession at large.

Professor Donna Gabaccia (history) will be awarded the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for her book Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective at the Organization of American Historians meeting in San Francisco this weekend.

Associate Professor Jigna Desai (gender, women, & sexuality studies) has won the Association for Asian American Studies Excellence in Mentorship Award.

Assistant Professor Clint Carroll (American Indian studies) has been awarded a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2013-2014.

Graduate student Lalinne Suon Bell (creative writing) has received the 2013 Scribes For Human Rights Fellowship. The fellowship supports an MFA student to work with the Human Rights Program as a writer-in-residence. Lalinne's research and writing will focus on human trafficking in Cambodia. She plans to work closely with the Somaly Mam Foundation, an organization dedicated to the eradication of sex slavery in Cambodia.

Graduate student Anna Rosensweig (French & Italian) has been awarded a Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation. There were nearly 600 applicants nationwide and less than 30 recipients.

Accolades March 28, 2013

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Professor Wayne Potratz (art) has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Educator Award for 2013. Thirty-nine educators were nominated and the vote in favor of Wayne was unanimous, according to the ISC press release. A reception to celebrate this honor will be held at noon on Thursday, April 25 at the Regis Center's In-Flux Space.

Professor Regina Kunzel (gender, women and sexuality studies) has won an ACLS fellowship and the Stanford Humanities Center fellowship. The title of her project is In Treatment: Mental Illness, Health, and Modern Sexuality, which explores the encounter of sexual- and gender-variant people with psychiatry and psychoanalysis from the 1930s through the 1960s

Associate professor Brenda Child (history and American Indian studies) has joined the board of directors of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Associate professor Mary Franklin-Brown (French & Italian) has won the 2103 Harry Levin Prize, awarded by the American Comparative Literature Association, for her book Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago). The 2013 Levin prize distinguishes the best first book in comparative literature published in 2010-2012. The prize committee praised the book for being impressively textured and detailed in its historical scholarship, and at the same time for posing urgent questions that have resonated across the centuries into our own internet era.

Associate professors Karen Ho (anthropology) and Kevin Murphy (history) have won the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education for 2012-13.

Professor David Baldwin (music) is a member of the Summit Hill Brass Quintet, which is one of four artists selected to be Classical MPR's Artists-in-Residence. The groups perform, teach, and speak about music during visits to schools throughout the state of Minnesota. Listen to the quintet perform Divertimento, K. 136, Allegro by W.A. Mozart.

MFA candidate Kate Petersen (creative writing) has received the prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship in fiction. The two-year Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University is one of the nation's most prestigious creative writing fellowships, with about 1,700 applicants last year. Ten fellowships are awarded each year, five in fiction and five in poetry.

MFA candidate Adriane Quinlan (creative writing) is the first University of Minnesota student to win a prestigious Overseas Press Club Foundation Award. The $3,000 grant she received will fund an internship in the Beijing bureau of The Associated Press this summer. In her winning essay, Adriane wrote about theme parks in China, specifically, her own Beijing rite of passage: a trip to World Park.

Graduate student Jennifer Fillo (psychology) has won the 2012-13 APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award from Psi Chi.

Graduate student Emily Springer (sociology) was awarded a Thomas F. Wallace Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year. This award is given to social sciences graduate students in their intermediate PhD years, to salute academic excellence.

Accolades March 7, 2013

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Professor Andrew Elfenbein (English) received an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2013-14.

Professor Rob Warren (sociology) is the new editor of Sociology of Education, an American Sociological Association journal, published by Sage Publications. It will be housed in the sociology department for three years starting this summer.

The 2013 IDEA Multicultural Research Award recipients are:
Assistant Professor Clint Carroll (American Indian studies): Sovereign Landscapes: Political Ecology, Environmental Governance, and the Resurgence of an Indigenous Land Ethic in the Cherokee Nation
Assistant Professor David Karjanen (American studies): African American and Latino Community-Labor Coalitions: Analyzing Effectiveness in Three American Cities
Assistant Professor Angelica Lawson (American Indian studies): Indigenous Resistance and Resilience
Associate Professor Lynn Lukkas (art): Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta
Associate Professor Moin Syed (psychology): Women and Ethnic Minorities in STEM: An Intersectional Analysis of STEM Participation and Persistence

Professors M. J. Maynes and Ann Waltner (both history) are the recipients of an International Research Fellowship, affiliated with the International Research Center for "Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History" at the Humboldt-University Berlin. They will be in residence in Berlin in March and April.

Associate Professor Jan Estep (art) published the article "Semblance of Fact: How brain scans are presented and consumed as photographs" in Triple Canopy. She writes about fMRI and their photographic likeness and the use of brain scans in the court system. Part of the research comes from a collaboration between Jan and cognitive neuroscientists on campus, and her experience in the Tesla scanners on campus.

Associate professors Francis Harvey and Steve Manson (geography, environment and society) and coordinator Len Kne (U-Spatial) co-authored the cover story of the winter 2012-13 issue of ArcNews, published by Esri. The article describes the U-Spatial collaborative at the University, which supports spatial science and creative activities across the University campus.

Accolades February 7, 2013

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Assistant Professor Alice Lovejoy (cultural studies and comparative literature) has been named a McKnight Land Grant Professor for 2013-2015.

Two CLA professors are nominated for Minnesota Book Awards in the General Nonfiction category. Winners will be announced on April 13.

Professor Emerius David Noble (American studies) is nominated for Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life (U of Minnesota Press).
Professor Brenda Child (American Indian studies/history) is nominated for Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community (Viking/Penguin).
Also, former associate professor David Treuer (English) was nominated for Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life (Atlantic Monthly Press/Grove/Atlantic, Inc.).

Associate Professor Dona Schwartz (journalism and mass communication) has received a $10,000 2013 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. With the award, Dona will produce framed exhibition prints from her award-winning project On the Nest. The prints will be exhibited in association with the launch of a published monograph of the series.

Professor Mary Schuster (writing studies) and Ph.D. alumna Jessica Reyman (now assistant professor at Northern Illinois University) were awarded the 2013 Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication by the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The award is for their co-editorship of a special issue of the journal Technical Communication Quarterly on "Technical Communication and the Law."

Professor Nabil Matar (English), with co-editor Judy Hayden, has published Through the Eyes of the Beholder: The Holy Land, 1517-1713 (Brill, 2013). The collection examines the view of holiness in the "Holy Land" through the writings of pilgrims, travelers, and missionaries. More info

Christopher Buckley (career services), along with Jeannie Stumne (CEHD Career Services) and Heidi Perman (St. Paul Campus Career and Internship Services), was presented with the Career Development Network's Golden Gopher Merit Award for his work this year creating the CDN Diversity and Inclusion program, which provides structure for career services staff to grow in their multicultural competence. This program has helped CDN members purposefully seek out experiences and resources that challenge the way they approach their work.

Accolades January 24, 2013

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Professor Joachim Savelsberg (sociology) was honored with the 2012 Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award by the American Society of Criminology's International Division. The award recognizes "an international scholar who has made a significant contribution to international criminology, including international criminal justice, comparative, and transnational crime and justice research."

Associate Professor Ronald Walter Greene (communication studies) was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Critical Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association.

Associate Professor Diane Willow (art) is one of a handful of Twin Cities artists who are part of the Creative CityMaking initiative of the City of Minneapolis and Intermedia Arts. Four artist teams will be paired with five planning projects in the city's Community Planning and Economic Development Department to, "engage artists in critical thinking and art making around City and urban issues and to increase artists' and planners' ability to facilitate community interaction and work collaboratively with the public to foster positive change in the quality and trajectory of social discourse about the city's urban future." Diane's project will focus on the development of five stations along the proposed Southwest LRT line. Learn more

Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellows 2013-14:
Assistant Professor Clint Carroll, Department of American Indian Studies
Associate Professor Bianet Castellanos, Department of American Studies
Associate Professor Karen Ho, Department of Anthropology
Professor Patricia Lorcin, Department of History
Assistant Professor Lorena Munoz, Department of Geography
Assistant Professor Jimmy Patino, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies
Assistant Professor Matthew Rahaim, School of Music
Learn more

Accolades November 1, 2012

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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.

Accolades October 4, 2012

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Professor Erika Lee (history) has been awarded the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences for 2012-13. This is especially fitting in that the award is named in honor of one of our most distinguished emerita colleagues from the history department.

Terri Wallace (Center for Writing) has been awarded the Civil Service and Bargaining Unit Leadership Award for 2012-13.

Erika and Terri will be honored at the Celebrating University Women Awards Program on October 12, 2:30-4:30 pm in McNamara Alumni Center. RSVP to attend.

Professor Emeritus Ronald Anderson (sociology) received the William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication and Information Technology Section, American Sociological Association annual meeting, where he also presented a published paper, "Caring Capital Websites." He is president of the U of M Retirees Association.

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (sociology) along with his former student, Ryan King (now associate professor at SUNY-Albany) received the 2012 Outstanding Book Award of the Theory Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems for their book, American Memories: Atrocities and the Law (Russell Sage Foundation 2011).

Assistant Professor Josh Page (sociology) was awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize for his book, The Toughest Beat: Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers Union in California. The prize is given by the Law and Society Association and is intended to recognize new, outstanding work in law and society scholarship.

Accolades September 20, 2012

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Recent Publications & Creative Activities
Professor Alex Lubet's (music) album Spectral Blues was released on the Parma label and distributed by Naxos. The album contains two suites for acoustic guitar, performed and composed by Alex. In addition, his article "Listening to Bob Dylan" will appear in the next issue of Cognitive Critique. His essay "Losing...My Religion: Music, Disability, Gender and Jewish and Islamic Law" will appear in the forthcoming Music and Identity Politics, Ian Biddle, editor (Ashgate).

Assistant Professor Adriana Zabala (music) was involved for two years in the development of the recently launched Mill City Summer Opera (MCSO). On July 12 the company started a sold-out run of Pagliacci in their unique venue, the Mill City Museum Ruin Courtyard. MCSO also features a Studio Artists Program, built and directed by Adriana. The Studio Artists Program, which included nine singers from the School of Music, includes educational engagement, master classes, main stage chorus, and a showcase performance. Participating student/singers were Elizabeth Steffensen, Sara Yoder, Carrie Hall, Reyna Sawtell, Sidney Walker, Brennan Blankenship, David Morgan, Richard Joseph, Joe Okell, Stephen Cunningham, Justin Spenner, and Stephen Mumbert.

Professor David Damschroder's (music theory) Harmony in Haydn and Mozart, the third book of his Harmony Project, has been published by Cambridge University Press. He is currently at work on the fourth volume, Harmony in Chopin, which formed the basis for "Formal/Harmonic Conflicts in Chopin's Mazurkas," a lecture delivered at the 17th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music in Edinburgh, Scotland in June.

Assistant Professor Jennifer J. Marshall (art history) has published Machine Art, 1934 (University of Chicago Press). The book examines the notorious Museum of Modern Art major exhibition of ball bearings, airplane propellers, pots and pans, cocktail tumblers, petri dishes, protractors, and other machine parts and products, positioning them as modern works of art. Learn more.

Professor Peter Wells (anthropology) has published How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times (Princeton). The book offers a completely new approach to the study of Bronze Age and Iron Age Europe, and represents a major challenge to existing views about prehistoric cultures. The book demonstrates why we cannot interpret the structures that Europe's pre-Roman inhabitants built in the landscape, the ways they arranged their settlements and burial sites, or the complex patterning of their art on the basis of what these things look like to us. Rather, we must view these objects and visual patterns as they were meant to be seen by the ancient peoples who fashioned them. Learn more.

Professor August Nimtz's (political science) book Marx and Engels has recently been republished in Turkish translation by Yordam Publications.

Professor Paul Rouzer (Asian languages and literatures) has been serving as an associate editor for the new edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Its publication has set the poetry world abuzz: "At well over a million words and more than 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia has unparalleled breadth and depth. Entries range in length from brief paragraphs to major essays of 15,000 words, offering a more thorough treatment-including expert synthesis and indispensable bibliographies-than conventional handbooks or dictionaries." (University of Virginia English dept.) The new edition is a comprehensive reference about the entire field of poetry and poetics and has expanded coverage to more than 110 world nations, regions, and languages.

Associate Professor Jennifer Pierce (American studies) has a new book, Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action (Stanford University Press, 2012). Racing for Innocence reconsiders white privilege and racial inequality by examining the backlash against affirmative action. Drawing upon three different approaches--ethnography, narrative analysis, and fiction--the book highlights the complexities and ambiguities of race and gender in contemporary America. Learn more

Professor Kay Reyerson (history) has co-edited with Joëlle Rollo-Koster, "For the Salvation of My Soul": Women and Wills in Medieval and Early Modern France (Centre for French History and Culture, University of St. Andrews, 2012). Learn more

Associate Professor Katherine Scheil (English) published She Hath Been Reading: Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America (Cornell University Press, August 2012).

Professor Paula Rabinowitz (English) published Exchanging Clothes: Habits of Being II, co-edited with Cristina Giorcelli (University of Minnesota Press, August 2012).

Professor Julie Schumacher (English) published the novel Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls (Delacorte, May 2012).

Accolades September 6, 2012

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University Awards
Professor Naomi Scheman (philosophy) has been named the 2012-14 Imagine Fund Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair. The chair is intended to enable professors with a record of distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service to conduct a research project that will further their own scholarship, generate curricular innovation, and forge intellectual communities in the university or wider community. She also will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the faculty of Social Science at Umeå University in Sweden.

Professor Ron Aminzade (sociology) was awarded the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award. This award is for faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

2011-12 Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award honorees are Professor Ron Aminzade (sociology), Associate Professor Paul Goren (political science) and Associate Professor Saje Mathieu (history).

CLA faculty who are Institute for Advanced Study Fellows for fall 2012 include Associate Professor David Chang (history) and Professor John Nichols (American Indian studies); for spring 2013, they are Associate Professor Michael Gaudio (art history), Professor David Pellow (sociology), and Associate Professor Shaden Tageldin (cultural studies and comparative literature). Grad student Murat Altun (anthropology) is an IAS Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow.

Two recent CLA Ph.D.'s received Office of Graduate Education Best Dissertation Awards for 2012.
Arts & Humanities: Caley D. Horan (history) for "Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Postwar United States." Her advisers were Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May and Professor Lary May. Caley is currently a lecturer at Princeton University.

Social & Behavioral Sciences & Education: Ellery Frahm (archaeology) for "The Bronze-Age Obsidian lndustry at Tell Mozan (Ancient Urkesh), Syria." His adviser was Professor Gilbert Tostevin. Ellery is currently the Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow at University of Sheffield.

Milestone Anniversaries 2012

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Congratulations to the following civil service/bargaining unit employees who are celebrating milestone work anniversaries this year. Thank you for your service to the University and CLA!

Sean Burns (CLA-OIT): 20 years
Robert Wozniak (CLA-OIT): 20 years
Mary Wilcox (Economics): 25 years
Catherine Bach (Economics): 30 years
Mary Hildre (School of Statistics): 30 years
Daniel Pinkerton (Center for Austrian Studies): 30 years
Bonnie Williams (Geography): 30 years
John Easton (CLA-OIT): 35 years
Kerry Mc Indoo (French and Italian): 35 years
Margery Pickering (Psychology): 35 years
Lonna Riedinger (Student Services): 35 years
Beatrice Dehler (Communication Studies): 40 years
Charlene Hayes (Institute for Global Studies): 40 years
Linda Springer (Psychology): 40 years

Accolades May 10, 2012

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Immigration History Research Center's Digitizing Immigrant Letters project team is the recipient of the 2011 Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award, given by the Society of American Archivists. IHRC undertook "outstanding efforts in promoting the knowledge and use of documentation of the immigrant experience through the Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project." The award recognizes institutions, project teams or individual archivists for increasing public awareness of archival documents for educational, instructional or other purposes.

Associate Professor Bruno Chaouat (French & Italian) has published L'Ombre pour la proie: petites apocalypses de la vie quotidienne [Grasping at Substance: Little Everyday Apocalypses] (Presses Universitaires du Septentrion).

Assistant Professor Mary Franklin-Brown (French & Italian) has published Reading the World in the Century of Encyclopedias (University of Chicago Press).

Associate Professor Scott D. Lipscomb (Music) is serving on a research team as program evaluator for a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Computational Thinking Through Computing and Music." The team's goal is to reinforce musical and computational learning through a team-teaching model, designing collaborative workshops involving pairs of faculty - one from music, one from computer science. Read more

Grad student Hollie Nyseth Brehm (Sociology) has been awarded this year's Dunn Peace Research Scholarship to support her dissertation research on genocide in Bosnia. She was also awarded the Midwest Sociological Society Dissertation Grant.

Graduate student Julia Corwin (Geography) received a Judd Fellowship to conduct research in India this summer. She will investigate how policies and plans pertaining to solid waste management intersect with and affect community-based, informal, and marginalized waste labor, and the contradictory dynamics of urban waste policies and practices in Delhi, India. In particular, she wishes to explore how Delhi's formal waste management system and the informal waste sector affect and respond to each other, with an emphasis on unraveling the politics surrounding the marginalization of informal waste labor and their attendant effects on landfill diversion rates. Read more

Graduate student Emily Springer received a Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship which supports mid-stage graduate students in formulating effective doctoral dissertation research proposals that contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields of study in the humanities and social sciences. She will be working on her proposal about women and development in Tanzanian agriculture.

Graduate student Rachel Gibson (French & Italian) has been awarded an International Dissertation Research Fellowship for 2012 by the Social Science Research Council, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Rachel will be doing research at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris), and at the Biblioteca Marciana (Venice). Rachel's research project is entitled "Negotiating Space and Self in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Construction of Mercantile Identity in Franco-Italian Literature." She is one of 77 awardees, selected from a total of 1,148 submitted applications from graduate students at 128 universities. Rachel has also accepted a two-year term on the Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy.

Graduate student Tracy Rutler was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to study in France next year. Her project is called, "Family Remains: The Politics of Legacy in Eighteenth-Century French Literature." Her dissertation is on images of orphans, bastards, and abandoned children.

Graduate student Anna Rosensweig (French & Italian) was awarded a Hella Mears Summer Fellowship.

Accolades April 26, 2012

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Professor David Samuels (Political Science) has been named a Distinguished McKnight Professor. The goal of this program is to recognize and reward the University of Minnesota's most outstanding mid-career faculty. Recipients hold the title for as long as they remain at the university. The grant associated with the professorship consists of $100,000 to be expended over five years. Read more

Lecturer Stephen Smith (Classical and Near Eastern Studies), Professor Valerie Tiberius (Philosophy), and Professor Rob Warren (Sociology) are CLA's winners of the 2012 COGS Outstanding Faculty Award. The COGS Outstanding Faculty Award was established in 2010 and is the only award where graduate students nominate faculty they feel have gone above and beyond in their work with graduate students, and a panel of students selects the winners. A reception to recognize the winners will be on May 8th at 4:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room in Coffman Union.

Associate Professor and Chair Carl Flink (Theatre Arts & Dance) has received the City Pages Best Choreographer recognition in their "Best of the Twin Cities" issue.

Elaine Tarone (Professor of Second Language Studies, Director of CARLA) will be the new Associate Editor for Perspectives at The Modern Language Journal.

Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (History) has received a year-long residential fellowship from the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.

Associate Professor Ronald Krebs (Political Science) received a Fulbright Award from the United States-Israel Educational Foundation.

Associate Professor Sarah Chambers (History) received an NEH Faculty Fellowship for 2012-13.

Director Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program) received a Fulbright-Robles award to carry out teaching and research in Mexico from January to May 2013. She will be teaching a seminar on Human Rights Advocacy at FLACSO-Mexico (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales/ Latin American Academy of Social Sciences) in Mexico City. She will also conduct research on the roles and perceptions of civil society organizations regarding human rights protection in the context of major criminal justice reforms.

Associate Professor and Chair Louis Mendoza's (Chicano Studies) book Conversations Across Our America: Talking About Immigration and the Latinoization of the United States (University of Texas) will be published in June. You may recall that Louis undertook a 8,500-mile bike ride around the perimeter of the U.S. in 2007, and this book is a collection of the conversations about the Latinoization of the U.S. he had with people along the way. Read more

Accolades April 12, 2012

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Professor Edward Schiappa (Communication Studies) will spend the 2012-2013 academic year as a Visiting Professor at M.I.T. in the Comparative Media Studies and Writing/Humanistic Studies programs.

Professor Julie Schumacher (English) publishes her fifth novel for younger readers, The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls, (Delacorte) in May.

Teaching specialist Barbara Kierig (Music/voice) was chosen as the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Thursday Musical Competition in honor of her dedication and service to their organization. She was celebrated at the winners' recital/award ceremony on Thursday, March 29 at the Bloomington Arts Center.

Graduate student Wenjie Liao (Sociology) received a Doctoral Dissertation grant from the National Science Foundation. Wenjie will use this funding to complete a survey on law and collective memory in Chengdu, China. She will be conducting the survey and follow-up interviews this summer.

Graduate student Chunying Xie (Economics) has received the 2012 CURA Dissertation Fellowship. Her project "Dynamic Pricing and Congestion Pricing: The case of the MNPass Program" is cited for having the potential to make a significant contribution to the understanding of traffic management and the estimation of consumer demand of High Occupancy Toll lanes.

Graduate student Jesse Izzo (History), has received a Fulbright grant to work in Israel for the academic year 2012-2013. He'll be at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem working with Professor Reuven Amitai-Preiss on Mamluk/Mongol/Crusader relations in late 13th C. Syria.

The Dance program was recognized at the American College Dance Festival Association North Central Regional Conference this month. The student company, which performed Carl Flink's "Lost Lullabies," was selected to go to the National College Dance Festival May 24 - 27, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, student choreographer Orlando Hunter's work "Mutiny," which he also performed, was selected for the Regional Conference Gala concert presented on April 1 in Madison, Wis.

Accolades March 29, 2012

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Professor Matthew Lefebvre (Theatre Arts & Dance) will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award on May 4 in New York City. Founded in 1993, the awards pay tribute to the art of costume design and honor legendary designer Irene Sharaff, who designed numerous Broadway productions, including the original stagings of Lady in the Dark, West Side Story, The King and I, Juno, Sweet Charity, Funny Girl, Candide and Jerome Robbins' Broadway.

Professor Clarence Morgan (Art), will receive the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts (PAFA) Distinguished Alumni Award for 2012. This award is given to PAFA alumni who have gone on to significant careers as practicing artists and arts professionals. Clarence received his four-year certificate-diploma from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1975 and will be honored at PAFA's 2012 commencement ceremony. Jeffrey Carr, Dean of the School of Art stated in his letter, "The committee is impressed with your career as a distinguished educator who has also had an exceptionally solid career as an artist. Your career and accomplishments will inspire our graduating class, who all aspire to having lives as fine artists."

Professor Jennifer Pierce (American Studies) will receive the Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award.

Associate Professor Kathryn Pearson (Political Science) will receive the Morse-Alumni Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Assistant Professor Timothy Johnson (Political Science) will receive the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Assistant Professor Alexander Fiterstein's (Music) new album of works by Ronn Yedidia titled Impromptu, Nocturne & World Dance for clarinet and piano was recently released on Naxos American Classics. Listen to Impromptu, Nocturne & World Dance on the Naxos website.

Assistant Professor Laura Sindberg's (Music) book Just Good Teaching: Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance in Theory and Practice was recently published by R&L Education. According to their website, "The Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) model will help you plan instruction for school ensembles that promotes a holistic form of music learning and will allow you to use your creativity, passion, and vision." Read more.

The Ojibwe People's Dictionary, a project of the Department of American Indian Studies, is the University's entrant into the regional C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Awards competition. The project was selected, "because of the robust partnership between Ojibwe elders and the University of Minnesota, the ways in which this project is advancing engaged scholarship, and the potential that this dictionary has for serving as a model for documenting other languages and cultures." The winner of the regional competition will advance to compete for the national award.

Accolades March 1, 2012

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Congratulations to CLA faculty who have received Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy 2012 Multicultural Research Awards.

Bianet Castellanos (American Studies): Comparative Indigeneities of the Americas
Njeri Githire (African American and African Studies): The Other America: French Caribbean Regional Integration, Environmental Management, and Gender Empowerment
David Karjanen (American Studies): African American and Latino Community-Labor Coalitions: Analyzing Effectiveness in Three American Cities
Carolyn Liebler (Sociology): American Indian Transracial Adoptees' Experiences in Comparative Perspective
Sarah-Jane (Saje) Mathieu (History): African American Soldiers and the British Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919
Lorena Munoz (Geography): Queer, Gendered and Brown: (Re)Producing Latina/o Immigrant Informal Work in Los Angeles
Jimmy Patino (Chicano Studies): "Raza Si, Migra No!": Forging Chicano/Mexicano Activism in the San Diego Borderlands, 1924-1986

Associate Professor Shaden Tageldin (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) has been awarded the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Essay Prize for 2011 for her essay "Secularizing Islam: Carlyle, al-Siba'i, and the Translation of 'Religion' in British Egypt" published in the January 2011 PMLA (journal of the Modern Language Association of America).

Associate Professor David Feinberg (Art) brought his Voice to Vision project to Clark University, where he spoke last week. Voice to Vision, which narrates the experiences of Holocaust and genocide survivors through art, was founded 10 years ago this year. Read more.

Assistant Professor Lisa Channer's (Theatre Arts & Dance) company Theatre Novi Most has a new play called Picnic on the Batttlefield opening March 2 at the Southern Theatre. In the cast are four alumni of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and one current student. The design team includes MFA students past and present. Read more

Professor James Dillon (Music) was ranked among the top ten living composers in the article "Top 10 Contemporary Classical music Composers." Dillon was listed along with Steve Reich, John Adams, John Cage, George Crumb, György Ligeti, and more. Read more

Accolades February 16, 2012

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Professor Nabil Matar (English) has been awarded the 2012 Building Bridges Award from the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (UK). The award recognizes Nabil's pioneering scholarship on the relationship between Islamic civilization and early modern Europe, as well as raising awareness of the historical roots of Western perceptions of Islam. He will receive the award during a lecture he will present at the University of Cambridge on March 28.

Associate Professor Brenda Child's (American Indian Studies) latest book, Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community, is published today by Penguin. The book explores the remarkable role of women in sustaining Native American communities through the hardest years of the last two centuries, and is the latest addition to the Penguin Library of American Indian History. Brenda will do a reading at the U Bookstore a week from today. More info

Assistant Professor Lisa Channer (Theatre Arts & Dance) and her Theatre Novi Most were awarded a grant from the Playwrights Center and the Network of Ensemble Theatres to start a collaboration with playwright Cory Hinkle on a new play about Bertolt Brecht. Brecht's Brain will focus on Brecht's dramatic 1947 testimony before the House Un-American Affairs Committee, weaving together excerpts from hearing transcripts and Brecht's writings with ensemble-generated text and original music.

Graduate student Sophie Christian (Music) was chosen as a first place winner of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2012. The Winners' Recital will be held Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Winners Certificates will be granted after the Winners Recital.

Graduate student Andrew Johnson (Sociology) was awarded a 2012-13 Visiting Research Scholar Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University.

Grad student Elizabeth Ault's (American Studies) coauthored book, The 1968 Project: A Nation Coming of Age, is now available from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. It's published in conjunction with The 1968 Exhibit on display at the Minnesota History Center through February 20. [editor's note: See the exhibit!]

Accolades February 2, 2012

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Two CLA-connected projects have received funding from Minnesota's Historical and Cultural Heritage Fund (i.e. Legacy money).

The Department of American Indian Studies has received $270,820 for Phase Two of the Ojibwe People's Dictionary. Phase One launched just this past January 23; Phase Two promises to be even more of what you can find in the current dictionary, but will enhance the virtual museum, make the dictionary more friendly to younger students, and incorporate feedback from users.
Friends of the Immigration History Research Center, received $23,794 for the project Houses of Worship: The Mosaic of Religion and Ethnicity in the Twin Cities, 1849-1924, co-led by Jeanne Kilde (Religious Studies). The goal of this project is to bring together qualitative and quantitative data -- stories and numbers -- about the ethnic and immigration history that has been at the University's doorstep for the last century. Researchers from the project are using resources at the Minnesota Population Center and GIS projects on campus, and their materials will be housed at the IHRC when the project is completed.

Post-Doc Associate Wadad Kadi (History) was awarded the Middle East Medievalists association's Lifetime Achievement Award in December. This comes as a recognition for her distinguished scholarship and seminal contribution to knowledge of the Islamic world and scholarship in the Middle Ages.

Accolades January 19, 2012

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Professor Irv Gottesman (Psychology) will be awarded the Honorary Fellowship of King's College, London, in a ceremony this July. The Honorary Fellowship recognizes, "the exceptional distinction achieved on the part of the holder through their public and professional life." Professor Gottesman's long and rich relationship with King's College dates back to 1963, when he was awarded a post-doc fellowship to study the genetics of schizophrenia using the college's twins database.

The Minnesota State Arts Board recently announced its 2012 grants supporting a wide variety of artistic organizations and portions of their operating budgets throughout the state. Three prestigious grants were awarded to three different arts groups led by Carl Flink, Toni Pierce-Sands, and Luverne Seifert, all members of the University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance faculty.

Minneapolis's Black Label Movement dance company, along with Duluth's Zeitgeist Arts, will present Associate Professor Carl Flink's evening length works Field Songs and Wreck, during a multiple venue tour to Duluth that will include educational activities for Duluth young and adult learners.

The innovative dance collaborative TU Dance, headed by Dance Teaching Specialist Toni Pierce Sands and Uri Sands, was awarded grants to create a "path for diverse Minnesota students to explore dance, advance dance education at the TU Dance Center, and receive professional training toward career development." An additional grant provides operating support and financial resources to bring the company to Red Wing, Worthington, and Bigfork to present public performances and conduct master classes.

Finally, actor-director and Theatre Teaching Specialist Luverne Seifert will present Chekhov's classic The Cherry Orchard to five rural communities in summer 2012. Each production will be presented in an historic home and feature six professional Twin Cities actors, four local actors, and two or three local musicians.

Fall 2011 Grants-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship were awarded to:

Associate Professor David Chang, History
Assistant Professor Lisa Channer, Theatre Arts & Dance
Assistant Professor Giovanna Dell'Orto, Journalism and Mass Communication
Assistant Professor Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, Psychology
Associate Professor Kathryn Pearson, Political Science
Assistant Professor Michael Sommers, Theatre Arts and Dance

The Institute for Advanced Study just announced their 2012-13 fellows:

Associate Professor David Chang, History
Associate Professor Michael Gaudio, Art History
Professor John Nichols, American Indian Studies
Professor David Pellow, Sociology
Associate Professor Shaden Tageldin, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

Associate Professor Lisa Sun-Hee Park (Sociology) has published Entitled to Nothing: The Struggle for Immigrant Health Care in the Age of Welfare Reform (NYU Press). Lisa investigates how the politics of immigration, health care, and welfare are intertwined. Documenting the formal return of the immigrant as a "public charge," or a burden upon the State, she shows how the concept has been revived as states adopt punitive policies targeting immigrants of color and require them to "pay back" benefits for which they are legally eligible during a time of intense debate regarding welfare reform.

Accolades December 1, 2011

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Professor Tom Holmes (Economics) was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society, one of the highest honors in economics. Of the 16 new fellows, three have strong U of M ties. Besides Tom, former faculty member Sam Kortum and Ph.D. Albert Marcet have also received this honor this year.

Associate Professor Carl Flink (Theatre Arts & Dance), with members of his Black Label Movement company, presented at TEDxBrussels on November 22. The first presentation contended that dancers should follow astronauts into space--and did so entirely without words. The second presentation was made with John Bohannon, science journalist and founder of the Dance Your PhD online contest. Titled "Modest Proposal," it included choreography by Carl and asked the question, What if we replaced PowerPoint with dancers? Watch the video.

Associate Professor Dan Philippon (English) is serving as a Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, from September 2011 to February 2012, after which he will be a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Turin and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy from March through June 2012.

Associate Professor Dona Schwartz (Journalism and Mass Communication) placed third in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize competition. More than 2,500 photographers entered the competition. The photograph will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London along with 60 other works selected for the exhibit, which will be on display through February 12, 2012.

Schwartz was also recently nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography, a biennial, nomination-only award. The prize winner will be announced in December.

Assistant Professor Peter Campion (English) was awarded the 2011 Poetry Magazine Editors Prize for Reviewing. Campion will be the judge of the Milkweed Editions first annual Lindquist & Vennum Prize, a major new poetry prize which will carry a $10,000 award along with publication.

Professor Charles Baxter's (English) collection Gryphon: New & Selected Stories was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011 by The New York Times. Also, his review of Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 appeared in the December 8, 2011 New York Review of Books

Professor James Dillon's (Music) Oslo/Triptych had its world premiere, performed by Cikada Ensemble, in the November Musik International Festival for Contemporary Music (Hertongenbosch, Holland) on November 12.

Accolades November 17, 2011

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Elaine Tarone (Professor of Second Language Studies, Director of CARLA) is the recipient of the American Association for Applied Linguistics' Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award for 2012. She will receive the award on the opening day of the 2012 AAAL conference in Boston in March and have the opportunity to deliver the DSSA special lecture. Elaine will also be a visiting professor teaching graduate courses at the University of Vienna in May-June 2012.

Professor Tom Rose (Art) has an exhibition of fabrications, The Chinese Pictures, at Runner Runner Gallery in Minneapolis's Warehouse District. The pieces feature photographs taken of the Pace Gallery under construction in Beijing. Tom has been instrumental in building a formal relationship between our Department of Art and the Beijing Film Academy, and he just closed an exhibition of his work at Timeless Gallery in Beijing.

Associate Professor Diane Willow (Art) is part of a design team who won the Plaza Design Competition sponsored by the Weisman Art Museum Target Studio for Creative Collaboration. The team, which also includes the firm VJAA, will eventually redesign the space between the Weisman and the STSS building, transforming it "into a more artful and meaningful experience for its users." The competition was juried and creative products from each team are on display in the Target Studio at the Weisman. More info

Government of Finland/David & Nancy Speer Visiting Professor Minna Rainio (Art) coordinated the exhibition Regarding Place at the Photographic Centre Peri in Turku, Finland. The exhibition featured associate professors Jan Estep and Jim Henkel, lecturer Justin Newhall, and graduate students Erin Hernsberger, Areca Roe, Stefanie Motta, Andy Mattern, and Sam Hoolihan, all from the Department of Art.

Graduate student Basit Qureshi (History) has won the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society's 2011 George P. Hammond Prize for best paper by a graduate student for "A Hierophany Emergent: Conceptualizations of the Urban Landscape of Jerusalem in Pilgrimage Accounts from the Twelfth Century."

Graduate student Andy Mattern (Art) has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Infinite Editions, a printing and fine art publishing studio. Designed to support emerging artists who "push the boundaries of photography and traditional image making," the Infinite Ideas Scholarship provides access to Infinite Edition's fine art digital printmaking services for the recipient's thesis exhibition. As the first annual recipient of the scholarship, Mattern will work in close collaboration with the Infinite Editions team in the production stages of his exhibition.

CLA's Reach magazine received the gold Award of Excellence from the Minnesota Magazine and Publishers Association for Mary Pattock's (Media and Public Relations) editorial in the "Can We Imagine Peace" feature package. Find it online.

Accolades October 20, 2011

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Members of our CLA community, primarily in the Dance Program, did us proud at the 2011 Sage Awards, which honor choreographers, dancers, educators, presenters, scenic and lighting designers, visual artists and others who continue to make the Twin Cities a national center of dance.

Marcus Dilliard (Assistant Professor, Theatre Design/Tech) was the lighting designer for "Heaven" by Flying Foot Forum, whose creative team won a design award.
Toni Pierce-Sands (Teaching Specialist, Dance) was named Outstanding Dance Educator.
Linda Shapiro (former Cowles Program coordinator), a longtime dance writer and critic, won the Special Citation.
Emily Johnson's (BA Dance '98) company Emily Johnson/Catalyst won one of three Outstanding Performance awards for their production of "The Thank-you Bar."
Kaleena Miller (BFA Dance '06) and Galen Higgins (BA student, Dance)were double winners, receiving one of three Outstanding Performance awards for Rhythmic Circus's production of "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" and the Outstanding Ensemble award.
Finally, the costume design award went to Sonya Berlovitz for "Journey", a play based on the classic story "Hayy ibn Yaqzan" which was produced by Bill Beeman (Professor and Chair, Anthropology) for the Shared Cultural Spaces conference on Islam and the humanities, which took place at the U last February.

Associate Professor Bianet Castellanos (American Studies) is the recipient of a U of M Access Achievement Award. She was honored for her efforts to make her classroom materials accessible to all students.

Associate Professor Enid Logan's (Sociology) book, 'At This Defining Moment': Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race, has been published by New York University Press.

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) and Prof. Ryan King (Ph.D. '05, Sociology; now at SUNY- Albany) have published American Memories: Atrocities and the Law (Russell Sage Foundation).

Grad student Heather O'Leary (Anthropology) has just received a Wenner-Gren Fellowship to support her ongoing research in India on water and water consumption in Delhi.

Accolades September 22, 2011

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It's part two of our beginning-of-fall-semester Jumbo Edition of Accolades!

Accolades September 8, 2011

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Here's the special end-of-summer, back-to-school Jumbo Edition of CLA Accolades, Part 1.

Accolades May 19, 2011

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It's our end-of-the-year mega list of awards, publications, and grants for CLA's faculty, staff and students.

Accolades May 5, 2011

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Assistant Professor Bianet Castellanos (American Studies) published A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancún in fall 2010. It is the first book to come out with the First Peoples Series (funded by the Mellon foundation) at the University of Minnesota Press.

Associate Professor Michelle Mason (Philosophy) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend for 2011 for her project Valuing Persons, a book project that investigates the place of esteem-based, person-focused emotions (e.g., forms of love, pride, shame, and contempt) in a compelling moral psychology.

CLA Adviser Rebecca Raissier is one of the recipients of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Rebecca is a coordinator of CLA's Individually Designed Programs (including the BIS--bachelor of individualized studies--and IDIM--Individually Designed Interdepartmental Major). She also coordinates the college's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).

The Stark Award recognizes students with unique contributions to human rights. The award and financial grant are given to a student for distinguished service, writing, teaching, involvement, and leadership in support of civil liberties, civil rights, public education, and social justice. This year's winner is Kong Pha. Honorable mentions go to Yefei Jin, Lolla Mohammed, Uriel Rosales-Tlatenchi, and Elora Turner.

Three undergraduate students in the Chinese language program were first place winners at the Chinese Speech and Performance Contest of the Midwest Area, held at Purdue University on April 23. Peter Wagner won the only first prize for level one; Anthony Dodge and Heather Kaus won the only first prizes for level two. Heather will compete at the 10th Chinese Bridge international competition in Changsha, China in August. Coaching of the team was led by Ling Wang, lead Chinese instructor for Asian Languages and Literatures. Their trip was supported by ALL and the Confucius Institute.

Accolades April 21, 2011

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It's awards season! Ananya Chatterjea has a Guggenheim, Gary Cohen is now a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and many, many more for faculty, grad students, and undergraduates.

Accolades April 7, 2011

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Distinguished McKnight Professor, Teaching Awards, Undergraduate Sullivan Scholar, and more in this edition of Accolades.

Accolades March 24, 2011

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Imagine Fund special events grants, new publications, and a variety of awards in today's Accolades.

Accolades March 10, 2011

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Technology grants have been awarded--lots of them! Plus more good news in this edition of Accolades.

Accolades February 10, 2011

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Congratulations to CLA's Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellows for 2011-12: Cawo Abdi (Sociology), Joe Allen (Asian Languages and Literatures), Tracey Deutsch (History), Karen Ho (Anthropology), Amy Kaminsky (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies), Brenda Kayzar (Geography), and Rachel Schurman (Sociology/Global Studies).

Assistant Professor Alexander Fiterstein (Music, clarinet) was recently named in The League of American Orchestra's Symphony magazine's 2011 annual listing of emerging artists. Symphony magazine's annual listing of emerging soloists and conductors is inspired by the breadth and sheer volume of young classical talent. The New York Times has praised Fiterstein's playing for possessing a "beautiful liquid clarity." Read more

Professor Mary Schuster (Writing Studies) with Professor Amy Propen of York College (Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication Ph.D. alumna) have been awarded the Hayes Award for Excellence in Writing Research for 2010 for their article "Understanding genre through the lens of advocacy: the rhetorical work of the victim impact statement," published in Written Communication, 27(1). The award will be presented at the Writing Research Across Borders conference on February 17 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Accolades January 27, 2011

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The Fall 2010 Grants-in-Aid of Artistry, Research or Scholarship have been announced, someone on the faculty was on the cover of last weekend's New York Times Book Review, and our first ACLS fellow for this year has been announced.

Accolades January 13, 2011

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We've got new internal awards for faculty and departments, end-of-year best-of's, and more in this edition of Accolades.

Accolades December 16, 2010

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Lots of interesting awards and activities by our faculty, spanning the globe from Berlin to Beijing and back to Blegen (or Lind or Ferguson). Plus, a full list of all CLA Outstanding Service Award winners.

Accolades December 2, 2010

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Grad Student
Denis Evstuhin (D.M.A. candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was one of five finalists at the Paderewski International Piano Competition and finished the competition in 4th place. As part of the prize, he received invitations to festivals in France and Poland. He performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 on Friday, November 19. The two week long competition, held in Bydgozcz, Poland, began on November 9 with 40 participants selected from applicants from around the world. Evstuhin is currently featured on Minnesota Public Radio's website. Evstuhin was also invited to make his New York debut playing a recital at the International Keyboard Festival at Mannes College.

Accolades November 18, 2010

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Assistant Professor Matthew Canepa's (Art History) The Two Eyes of the Earth: Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran (University of California Press, 2009) was awarded the James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association for being the best book in English in any field in history prior to 1000 CE.

Associate Professor Dara Strolovitch (Political Science) has been elected to the American Political Science Associations Council.

Professor James Dillon (Music) was featured in Ivan Hewitt's article "James Dillon: Many rivers to cross..." in The Telegraph. Dillon's orchestral epic Nine Rivers received its world premiere by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow City Halls and Fruit Market on Sunday, November 14 and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 next year. Dillon's premiere was also featured in The Guardian (scroll down), where he was called "Scotland's greatest living composer."

Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (History) was a finalist for the Cundill Prize. As reported earlier, he was among three authors shortlisted for the 2010 prize, and as a finalist he receives the "Recognition of Excellence" US$10,000 prize for his book The Ottoman Age of Exploration. Diarmid MacCulloch is the winner of the Cundill Prize for A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. The Cundill Prize is administered by McGill University in Montreal.

Affililiate Faculty Member Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb (Dance) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Tallinn, Estonia in the Spring 2011. Nordstrom-Loeb will teach courses in dance/movement psychotherapy and consult with the university to help them develop their creative arts therapies department. She will also teach workshops for local psychotherapists and be a presenter at several professional conferences.

Accolades November 4, 2010

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Associate Professor Hiromi Mizuno (History) received the 2009 Outstanding Academic Title Award from the American Library Association and its journal CHOICE for her book Science for the Empire: Scientific Nationalism in Modern Japan (Stanford University Press). This study examines the discourse of science in Japan from the 1920s to the 1940s in relation to nationalism and imperialism. How did Japan, with Shinto creation mythology at the absolute core of its national identity, come to promote the advancement of science and technology? Using what logic did wartime Japanese embrace both the rationality that denied and the nationalism that promoted this mythology?

Associate Professor Eric Grodsky (Sociology) with Michal Kurlaender are the editors of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: The Past and Future of California's Proposition 209 (Harvard). This timely book examines issues pertaining to equal opportunity--affirmative action, challenges to it, and alternatives for improving opportunities for underrepresented groups--in higher education today. Its starting point is California's Proposition 209, which ended race-based affirmative action in public education and the workplace in 1996.

Professor Andrew Oxenham (Psychology) is part of one of only two groups in the U.S. to be part of a Erasmus Mundus-funded project in auditory cognitive neuroscience. Erasmus Mundus is a European Union funded initiative that fosters collaboration and exchange between research institutions in the EU and North America. Professor Oxenham's project is the only U.S. application approved and funded this year and will enable an exchange of students between Minnesota and partner institutions in Europe. Read more

Graduate Students
Ph.D. student Lauren Wilcox (Political Science) is the winner of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section's 2010 Graduate Student Paper Award. The award was given for the paper Lauren presented at the 2010 International Studies Association meetings, "Explosive Bodies: Suicide Bombing as an Embodied Practice and the Politics of Abjection." The award comes with a check for $100 and a peer review of the paper by the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Accolades October 21, 2010

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A big, exciting award for Giancarlo Casale, lots of Anthropology publications, a world premiere, a professorship in Germany, and much more.

Accolades October 7, 2010

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Associate Professor Kevin Murphy (History) and members of the Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project are celebrating the publication of Queer Twin Cities (U of Minnesota Press). In addition to Professor Murphy, members of the editorial board include Michael David Franklin (American Studies Ph.D. candidate), Associate Professor Larry Knopp (formerly Geography at UMD, now U of Washington), Ryan Patrick Murphy (American Studies Ph.D. candidate), Associate Professor Jennifer L. Pierce (American Studies), Jason Ruiz (Ph.D. 09 American Studies), and Alex Urquhart (American Studies Ph.D. candidate).

Many of the volume authors have U connections. These include several with Ph.D.s: Pamela Butler (American Studies), Mark Soderstrom (History), and Amy Tyson (American Studies); two current Ph.D. candidates: Charlotte Karem Albrecht and Jessica Giusti (both GWSS); Megan McDonald, a postdoctoral associate (American Indian Studies); and Associate Professor Susan Craddock (GWSS and Global Studies).

The project has been supported from its inception by College of Liberal Arts, Graduate Research Partnership Program, and Institute for Advanced Studies. The book launch party is Friday, October 22 from 7 - 9 p.m.
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Associate Professor and Chair Carl Flink (Theatre Arts and Dance) was part of a team that won an outstanding overall production Ivey award for "Mary's Wedding," produced in 2009 at the Jungle Theater. Carl provided choreography for a production directed and designed by Joel Sass.

Accolades September 23, 2010

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Associate Professor Rich Lee (Psychology) has been elected as the next president of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA). He will serve as president-elect from 2010-2011 and then his residential term will run from 2011-2013. AAPA was founded in 1972 and is the largest organization of faculty, students, researchers, and practitioners interested in Asian American psychology. The election represents the high regard in which Rich is held nationally, and is an important leadership position.

Professor Gabriel Weisberg (Art History) curated the exhibition "Illusions of reality: Naturalist painting, photography and cinema, 1875-1918" at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibition opens on October 8 and gives an overview of Naturalist painting in relation to photography and film, with work by artists including Léon Lhermitte and Jules Bastien-Lepage (France), Albert Edelfelt (Finland), Károly Ferenczy (Hungary), Anders Zorn (Sweden), and Thomas Anschutz (United States). Read more

Professor Julie Schumacher (English) has been awarded a residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy for spring 2011. Schumacher plans to work on a collection of short stories, Passengers.

Professor Gary Jahn (Slavic Languages & Literatures) has been named Post-secondary Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.

Associate Professor Erika Lee (History) is on a national book tour for her new book, Angel Island - Immigrant Gateway to America. She's had lots of great news coverage and has been on several California radio shows. See links to some of the media.

Associate Professors Joanne Miller and Dara Strolovitch (Political Science), with co-authors Seth Masket (University of Denver) and Michael Heaney (University of Michigan), received the American Political Science Association's Political Organizations and Parties Section award for the best paper delivered at the 2009 Meetings of the APSA for the paper, "Networking the Parties: A Comparative Study of Democratic and Republican National Convention Delegates in 2008."

Accolades September 9, 2010

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Professor Bernard Levinson (Classical and Near Eastern studies) was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research, the organization of the senior scholars of the field, the oldest professional organization of Judaica scholars in North America. His election reflects the high regard in which his peers in Jewish studies regard his research and writing. Levinson is Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible.

Charles Baxter's (English) short story, "The Cousins," which appeared in Tin House, won a Pushcart Prize and has been selected by Richard Russo for Best American Short Stories 2010. Baxter is Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing.

Regents Professor Patricia Hampl (English) collaborated with composer Alvin Singleton on the new work Brooklyn Bones, which premiered April 26, 2010, at Carnegie Hall.

Professor Paula Rabinowitz (English) will hold the Distinguished Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature in the People's Republic of China at East China Normal University in Shanghai for spring 2011.

Assistant Professor Siobhan Craig (English) published Cinema After Fascism: The Shattered Screen with Palgrave Macmillan (July 2010).

In Psychology, Chad Marsolek (professor), Becky Deason (Ph.D. 2008), Nick Ketz (B.A. 2007), Pradeep Ramanathan (Ph.D. 2009 in SLHS), Vaughn Steele (grad student), Ed Bernat (former research assistant professor), and Chris Patrick (former professor) have received the 2010 Neuroimage Editors' Choice Award (Cognitive Neuroscience Section) for their article, "Identifying objects impairs knowledge of other objects: A relearning explanation for the neural repetition effect."

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (sociology) has published Crime and Human Rights: Criminology of Genocide and Atrocities (Sage), "a much-needed criminological insight to the subject, exploring explanations of and responses to human rights abuses."

Assistant Professor Teresa Gowan (sociology) has published Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco (U of Minn. Press), which "vividly depicts the lives of homeless men in San Francisco and analyzes the influence of the homelessness industry on the streets, in the shelters, and on public policy."

Associate Professor Rachel Schurman (sociology) has published Fighting for the Future of Food (U of Minn. Press) with co-author William A. Munro. It "details how the anti-biotech movement managed to alter public perceptions about genetically modified organisms in the world food supply."

Professor Raymond Duvall (political science) has been named the inaugural recipient of the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods group's Grain of Sand Award, to be awarded at the American Political Science meeting in Washington, DC. The award is given "to honor a political scientist whose contributions to interpretive studies of the political, and to the discipline itself, its ideas and its persons, have been longstanding and merit special recognition."

Associate Professor Ronald Krebs (political science) published In War's Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (Cambridge University Press), co-edited with Elizabeth Kier, University of Washington.

Assistant Professor Shawn Treier (political science) received the Gregory Luebbert article prize for the best article published in 2008-09 in the field of comparative politics. This award is from the American Political Science Association's organized section on Comparative Politics. Shawn received it for his 2008 American Journal of Political Science article, "Democracy as a Latent Variable" with Professor Simon Jackman, Stanford University.

Graduate Students
Ben Garthus and Bart Vargas, MFA students in Art, are among a handful of students to win the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, presented each year by the international Sculpture Center. This is the most prestigious sculpture award for graduate students in the United States. Their work will be featured in the October issue of Sculpture magazine and displayed at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey from October 10, 2010 to January 9, 2011.

Sheryl Lightfoot (Ph.D. 2009, political science) won the American Political Science Association's 2010 Best Dissertation on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Award for her dissertation Indigenous Global Politics.

The Religious Studies program received a grant of $170,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a conference and community workshop titled "Crossing Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in Arts and Sciences." Nabil Matar (English) is the principal investigator.

Institute for Global Studies has received Title VI funding from the federal Department of Education for two National Resource Centers. The European Studies Consortium will receive $1.2 million over four years that includes 11 FLAS fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students. The International Studies NRC will also receive $1.2 million over four years for similar programming.

Accolades July 2010



Regents Professor
William Iacono, psychology, has been named a Regents Professor.

2009-10 Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award Recipients
The College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009-10 Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award. The winners will be recognized at next year's commencement.

Teresa Gowan, Sociology
Kurt Kipfmueller, Geography
Keith Mayes, African American & African Studies
Philip Sellew, Classical and Near Eastern Studies

The First Annual COGS Outstanding Faculty Award
This award, organized by graduate students, recognizes faculty members for their exceptional contributions to graduate education. CLA recipients are
Robert (Robin) Brown, Associate Professor, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
Christopher Nappa, Associate Professor, Classical and Near Eastern Studies
David Pellow, Professor, Sociology
Margaret Werry, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts and Dance

OIP Global Spotlight Grant
The Office of International Programs awarded Sociology Assistant Professor Cawo (Awa) Abdi a Global Spotlight Grant for research related to Africa and Water in the World. This funding is for her project: "Divergent Migrations: Somali Experience in South Africa, America, and the United Arab Emirates." Her study pursues core theoretical questions that further our understanding of migration, globalization, and identity formations in different regions.

McKnight Artist Fellowship

Andréa Stanislav, associate professor of art, has won a 2010-2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship in visual arts. Her upcoming solo exhibitions through 2011 include: Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; Jonathan Shorr Gallery, New York; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, N.D.; and Yuanfen New Media Art Space, Beijing, China.

Luce Senior Fellowship in Religion
Bernard Levinson, Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible and professor of classical and Near Eastern studies, has received the Luce Senior Fellowship in Religion at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park (North Carolina) for 2010-11.

Books Published
Tracey Deutsch, assistant professor in history, has published "Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century" (University of North Carolina). In her examination of the history of food distribution in the United States, Deutsch demonstrates the important roles that gender, business, class, and the state played in the evolution of American grocery stores.

Josephine Lee's book The Japan of Pure Invention: Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado was published in May 2010 with the University of Minnesota Press. She is a professor in English.

Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley's (English) Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism between Women in Caribbean Literature is published in 2010 with Duke University Press. She is an associate professor in English.


Book Published
Ravi Prasad, lead teacher and lecturer of Hindi in Asian Languages and Literatures, has published "Language, Caste and Ethnicity: an Ethnolinguistic Perspective" (VDM Verlag Dr. Müller). Based on an extensive research conducted in the Indian town of Hazaribag, this book discusses the nature of variations in tribal identity and the sociolinguistic parameters causing such a shift, in the context of language conflict, language choice, language usage and the impact caused by the ever-changing political scene at the regional and national level.

Graduate Students

OIP Doctoral Fellowship
The University of Minnesota's Office of International Programs (OIP) recently awarded one of its very few 2010-11 Doctoral Fellowships for International Research to fourth-year sociology graduate student Shannon Golden for her dissertation, "After Atrocity: Community Reconciliation in Northern Uganda." Shannon will use the fellowship proceeds to travel to Uganda where she plans to live for at least a year while conducting her research.

Best Dissertation Awards
Winners of the Best Dissertation Award are selected in four categories. This year's recipients each received Ph.D.s and are working in their fields. CLA's recipients are:

Arts and humanities: Elizabeth Weixel, English. Adviser: John Watkins.
Social and behavioral sciences and education: Michael Vuolo, sociology. Adviser: Christopher Uggen.

Each year, directors of graduate studies select from a pool of more than 1,000 eligible students in a competition for the Best Dissertation Award, administered through the Graduate School. The selection committee also forwards nominations to represent the University of Minnesota in a national competition sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools.

NSF Graduate Fellowships

Psychology graduate students Stephanie Cantu, Antonia Kaczkurkin, Rachael Klein, and Alex Maki were awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships. These fellowships are highly competitive and provide financial support (including stipend, tuition, insurance, fees) for 3 years that can be used at the discretion of the recipient over a 5 year period.

Sociology graduate student Hollie Nyseth was awarded a 2010 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Undergraduate Students

Beinecke Scholarship
Undergraduate Paige M. Patchin, an honors junior majoring in history and geography, has been awarded a 2010 Beinecke Scholarship. She is one of 20 students nationwide to receive this prestigious award for outstanding undergraduates who intend to pursue graduate study in arts, humanities or social science fields. Beinecke Scholars receive $34,000 toward their graduate education. Paige is the fourth CLA student in five years to win this coveted award.

Linguistic Society of America

The Linguistic Society of America recognized undergraduate Ethan Poole (Scandinavian studies/linguistics) for his meritorious service to the Society; this is the first time in memory that this award has been given to an undergraduate. Since joining the LSA as a student member, Ethan has performed significant volunteer services and donated a website domain name for use by the Society: Since Feb. 2009, he has served as a volunteer webmaster for the LSA's website, patiently working to improve both the content and navigability of the site, donating many hours of his time.


CAPA Outstanding Unit Award
The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance has been awarded the 2010 CAPA Outstanding Unit Award.