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.