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Faculty News 2016-17

Our professors' latest awards, publications, and research
May 23, 2017

Professor Katherine Scheil

Professor Katherine Scheil
Professor Katherine Scheil won a 2016-17 Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education Award

Elaine Auyoung received Single Semester Leave for fall 2017 from the College of Liberal Arts.

Charles Baxter’s story "Avarice," published in Virginia Quarterly Review and included in his book There's Something I Want You to Do, was reprinted in the 2016 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Baxter discusses some of his favorite books, including works by Anton Chekhov, Saul Bellow, James Wright, and Paula Fox, on the podcast The History of Literature. His essay "Notes on the Dramatic Image: An Essay in Six Parts" is included in Feed the Lake: Essays on the Craft of Fiction, published by the North American Review Press. Baxter's book The Art of Subtext has just been published in translation in Korea. In November he published an article in The Nation, "The Gods Never Left Us: The Enchanted Counterworld of the Novelist Sjón," and in April he published "Chattering Spirits," a review of George Saunder's novel Lincoln in the Bardo, in The New York Review of Books.

Timothy Brennan received an eight-week residency fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, fall 2017. He also was awarded Single Semester Leave from the College of Liberal Arts.

Michael Dennis Browne (Emeritus) contributed lyrics to a new album by composer Craig Hella Johnson entitled Considering Matthew Shepard. Johnson and the choir Conspirare performed the new work in a taping for Austin City Limits Live and at Boston's Symphony Hall February 5.

Peter Campion published John Berryman: Centenary Essays (Peter Lang), co-edited with Philip Coleman. He placed poems in AGNI, Ploughshares, and Locomotive. His essay on the painter Deborah Rosenthal appears in the catalog for her show "Seasons," which showed at Rider University in New Jersey and the Bowery Gallery in New York.

Lois Cucullu received College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Leave for fall 2017 and a $12,000 Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library to support her project "A Queer Progress: The 'Naturalization' of Christopher Isherwood."

V. V. Ganeshananthan won a $20,000 Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin for fall semester 2017, as well as College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Leave for that semester, to work on her second novel. In addition, she was awarded a $15,000 Human Rights Initiative Fund faculty research award for the 2017 calendar year for her project "Collected Writings on Sri Lanka," from the University's Human Rights Program. Ganeshananthan received a 2016-2017 Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award from the Council of Graduate Students, Professional Student Government, and Student Conflict Resolution Center. She published the poem "Your Rage Went to the Polls" in The Establishment, the piece "On Essays, Assays, and Yiyun Li's Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life" at Essay Daily, and a story in The Arkansas International. She interviewed Anuk Arudpragasam about his debut novel for The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Shirley Garner retired from the University of Minnesota after 47 years of service. Interview here.

Ray Gonzalez was awarded the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetic Achievement given by the Library of Congress. He received a $10,000 fellowship and gave a poetry reading at the Library of Congress in March of 2017. Gonzalez published artwork and poetry in Caliban, Upstreet, South Dakota Review, Cutthroat, and Bitter Oleander.

Rebecca Krug published Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader (Cornell University Press). Interview here.

Josephine Lee is co-lead for a $1.75 million grant from the US Department of Education to increase services for Asian American students at the University. The Asian American College Excellence (AACE) Project Student Center is now open in Wulling Hall, room 430.

Nabil Matar received a Sabbatical Leave Supplement from the College of Liberal Arts.

Ellen Messer-Davidow published "Situating Feminist Studies" in The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, edited by Keith Brown, Robert Frodeman, Julie Thompson Klein, and Roberto Pacheco, second edition (Oxford University Press). She published "Investing in Higher Education: Debtors, Bettors, Lenders, Brokers" in a special issue, "Saving the Humanities from the Neoliberal University," of Humanities journal; the article is about why the $1.3 trillion in college student loan debt may cause another economic meltdown. Her review of Kristen Hogan's The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability appears in the February American Historical Review. She was elected to a two-year term on the College of Liberal Arts Assembly.

Nathaniel Mills published his first monograph, Ragged Revolutionaries: The Lumpenproletariat and African American Marxism in Depression-Era Literature (University of Massachusetts Press). He was elected to a two-year term on the College of Liberal Arts Assembly.

Dan Philippon received a 2016-17 Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award, the University's highest undergraduate teaching honor, in the amount of $15,000. He also received Single Semester Leave for fall 2017 from the College of Liberal Arts. Philippon and Charlotte Melin in the Department of German, Scandanavian, and Dutch received a $38,000 grant from the German Academic Exchange Service to run a Transatlantic Summer Institute on "Transforming Environments in Europe and North America: Narratives, Histories, Cultures" for students writing dissertations in the environmental humanities.

Paula Rabinowitz (Emerita) gave two talks in Australia in October and another talk in November at the American Studies Association annual meeting in Denver, where she also interviewed crime writer James Ellroy in a special session. She presented a talk at the January Modern Language Association Conference in Philadelphia and a keynote address about The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature (she's its Editor-in-Chief) for the Oxford University Press international sales conference in North Carolina. She published the article "Work upon Work" in the February American Literary History journal. Her review of Ann Snitow's book The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary, entitled "The Heisenberg of Feminism," appeared in the January/February issue of The Women's Review of Books. In May she presented a talk, "Revolutions in Reading—From Paperbacks to ebooks" at Five Star, a senior residence in Chevy Chase, Maryland. And she contributed to the 'zine for Heidi Howard's exhibition, "Woven Traits," at Nancy Margolis Gallery; she appears in one of Howard's portraits.

Jani Scandura received a Global Programs and Strategy Alliance International Travel Grant Award. She was elected to a two-year term on the College of Liberal Arts Assembly.

Andrew Scheil is co-principal investigator on a Mellon Foundation grant establishing the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World (CSPW), which recently won renewal through June 2021.

Katherine Scheil received a 2016-17 Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education Award, the highest University graduate teaching honor, in the amount of $15,000. She was awarded a University grant-in-aid of research, artistry, and scholarship for July 2017 to January 2019 for her project "Imagining Shakespeare's Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway." In addition, she was awarded an Institute of Advanced Study Fellowship for fall 2017.

Julie Schumacher published Doodling for Academics (University of Chicago Press); she was interviewed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Fox News, Inside Higher Ed, Minnesota Daily, Times Higher Educcation, and The Chicago Review of Books. She served as a Loft Mentor for 2016-17 in fiction. Her short story "Strange Island" was included in Sky Blue Water, a University of Minnesota Press anthology celebrating young adult and intermediate fiction from Minnesota authors.

Geoff Sirc published an e-book co-written with Thomas Rickert (Purdue), California Cosmogony Curriculum (intermezzo).

Madelon Sprengnether retired from the University of Minnesota after 46 years of service. Interview here. She continues to post at her Psychology Today blog "Minding Memory," including recent pieces "Get Out: From a White Woman’s Perspective" and "Aliens Out There and at Home." She was a panelist for the Talking Cure exhibit at the Weisman Museum with artist Melissa Stern and was a Glasrud Lecturer at Moorhead State University. She has reviews in American Imago: Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences and The Psychoanalytic Review.

Kimberley Todd published an article in Guernica, two essays—about horsetails and yellow-headed blackbirds—in the anthology Field Notes, and an article in November's Smithsonian Magazine about the "girl stunt reporters" of the nineteenth century.

John Watkins published After Lavinia: A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy (Cornell University Press). He was interviewed for the Rash Report/Star Tribune story "Unity on Manchester, But British Divisions Define Election." Interview here.

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Staff news: Executive Administrative Assistant Caitlin Thompson Bailey won the $10,000 Lindquist & Vennum Poetry Prize. Her collection Solve for Desire will be published by Milkweed Editions in December.