The University of Minnesota lost a popular teacher and influential scholar when Stephen Feinstein, the director of the U's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) and adjunct professor of history, died on Tuesday, March 4. Feinstein was speaking at the Jewish Film Festival when he suffered an aortic aneurysm that resulted in cardiac arrest. He was 64.
Assistant Professor Saje Mathieu has been awarded the 2008 President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award (PFMRA). PFMRA is designed to encourage and support research on issues related to people of color, particularly in a North American context.
For more information see PFMRA.
It is with great pleasure to report that Professor Ruth Karras has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Women Scholars Award in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities for 2008. This award will be presented at the OUW spring celebration.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Kirsten Fischer who will be the Deutsche Bank Junior Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2008-2009. Kirsten will teach a graduate level course on religion in early America and will work on her book "Reason and Wonder: Rational Religion in the Early American Republic."
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Professor Eric Weitz is a recipient of the 2007 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. The goals of this unique program are to recognize and reward our most outstanding mid-career colleagues, especially those whose careers have developed and flourished at Minnesota.