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Riv-Ellen Prell

Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of...

Congratulations to Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, for winning the 2020 prestigous Lee Max Fiedman medal from The American Jewish Historical Society. Trained as an anthropologist and informed by feminist and historical approaches, Riv-Ellen Prell exemplifies a model of humanities scholarship devoted to sustaining community. Her interdisciplinary work has bridged social science and history, bringing together diverse fields and academic communities.
Portrait: Brenda Child

'Every step you take is prayer': As coronavirus spreads, women lead...

"They were doing the kinds of cultural things ... that they knew helped them through terrible times,” said Child. “And Ojibwe people believe in the healing power of music and dance — that music and dance are not just something we enjoy that are pleasant. But it's very integrated into Ojibwe culture. It's very much a part of how we live." An article by MPR News features Northrop Professor, Brenda Child.
Erika Lee

The Politics of Distraction

Erika Lee, a professor of history and director of the Immigration History Research Center, is interviewed by PBS about recent comments made by President Trump. "...remarks by the president and the division that it has caused points to a much larger, deeper problem in the United States," she says.
Portrait of Mike Gallope.

Music and the Ineffable: A Conversation with McKnight Presidential Fellow Michael...

The relationship between music and philosophy has been a topic of discussion since the emergence of ancient philosophy. Recently named a McKnight Presidential Fellow, Michael Gallope explores how the ineffability of music inspires philosophers to address strange and perplexing questions relevant to modern social life.
Professor Gaye Johnson in front of a tree in summer

The Future of Radical History: Gaye Johnson Delivers David Noble Lecture in His Honor

Gaye Theresa Johnson, a former student of David Noble, American Studies alumna, and associate professor at UCLA will give the David Noble Lecture this year. Her lecture will revisit the arguments in two of Noble’s books, The End of American History and Death of a Nation for understanding history and culture, how our perceptions of them have changed since he wrote them, and to remind us of the strength we have in our communities.
Cones on a jingle dress

The Jingle Dress

The jingle dress dance is a spiritual healing practice dating back to 1918. Guided by the research efforts of Brenda Child—professor and current chair of the Department of American Studies—an exhibit featuring the evolution of the dress will launch in April 2019. How did this tradition emerge from a story, a dream, and the worst pandemic that the modern world has seen?