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Detail from Professor Julie Schumacher's DOODLING FOR ACADEMICS

Minnesota Prof Deemed Funniest Person in America Debuts Adult Coloring Book

If coloring books are soothing, and if laughter makes a person feel happy, then imagine what a funny coloring book might do. Julie Schumacher, the St. Paul writer who won the Thurber Prize for American Humor two years ago for her wry novel about academia, has now created a wry coloring book about academia. Paired with Chicago illustrator Lauren Nassef, she has produced “Doodling for Academics: A Coloring and Activity Book.”
Black and white photo of Dessa singing into a microphone

Dessa Hits a Career Milestone with Orchestra Hall Performance

Philosophy alum Dessa’s sold-out orchestral debut was met with broad acclaim. The concert’s narrative about jettisoning old love was fueled, in part, by a neuroscience collaboration with the University’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. Associate Professor Cheryl Olman (psychology) and researchers Andrea Grant (radiology) and Philip Burton (CLA) started working with Dessa last November to turn her brain into art for an evening of entertainment and education.
Portrait: Roy T. Cook in his office, sitting in front of shelves full of comic books

The Lego Philosopher

Roy T. Cook doesn’t look like a stereotypical philosophy professor. He doesn’t smoke a pipe, have a beard or wear tweed jackets. Instead, he has a tattoo on his arm depicting the panels on the chest of the R2-D2 “Star Wars” droid.
Photo of Erika Lee giving an interview

No One Is a Stranger

The e-mails started flooding historian Erika Lee’s inbox the week after the election of Donald J. Trump. Lee, who is director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and has written extensively about US immigration history, recalls that her fellow scholars had “questions like ‘what are we going to do when the deportation trains start running again?’”
Photo of Adriana Zabala taken during an interview

The Inventing Mezzo

Associate professor and mezzo soprano Adriana Zabala has become widely known for her work creating new roles in opera. As she prepared for the international premiere of Dinner at Eight at the Minnesota Opera on March 11, we sat down with her to hear about how the joys of collaborating on new work inspires her teaching of voice students in the School of Music.