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September 14, 2017
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December 2017


Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Sophia Y. Vuelo (History, 1995) to fill a vacancy in the Ramsey County’s 2nd Judicial District, making her Minnesota's first judge of Hmong descent. 

Associate Professor Shaden Tageldin (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for 2018–2019, a 12-month award to support completion of her book project, Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature. Only eight percent of proposals were funded in this cycle (982 applications for fellowships were received, and 74 were funded).

Professor Mark Pedelty (Communication Studies) received a grant from Humanities Without Walls. His project, “Field to Media: Applied Musicology for a Changing Climate,” has received just over $140,000 in funding.

The following CLA professors received faculty research awards from the Human Rights Initiative for the 2018 calendar year:

Professor Sonja Kuftinec (Theater Arts and Dance)
Professor Howard Lavine (Political Science and Psychology)
Avigail Manneberg (Art)
Professor James Ron (Political Science)
Assistant Professor Hassan Abdel Salam (Sociology)
Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology)

Professor Alice Lovejoy (Cultural Studies) was awarded the Modern Language Association’s twelfth Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures for her book Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in Czechoslovak Military.

Regents Professor Patricia Hampl (English) received the Milkweed Award for Distinguished Contributions to Literary Culture from Milkweed Editions, a Minneapolis literary publisher. The Milkweed announcement describes Professor Hampl as "Nationally recognized as a pioneer of the memoir and one of the finest stylists writing today." She is the author of five memoirs, including The Florist's Daughter, winner of a Minnesota Book Award, and the celebrated classic, A Romantic Education. Her next book, The Art of the Wasted Day (Viking Penguin), is forthcoming in 2018.

Professor Nabil Matar (English) will receive the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences award in the category of Comparative Literature and Literary Translation for his decades of research on "cultural engagements and the meeting of civilizations." He will be flying to Kuwait City in December to receive the award from the Emir of Kuwait. Matar's latest work collects the writings of early Arab travelers in the United States: Arab Impressions of America: Writings from Early Emigrants (1876-1914), An Anthology will be published in 2018 with the Edinburgh University Press.

Associate Professor Kim Todd (English) received one of CLA's most prestigious awards, the Talle Faculty Research Award. Her latest publication, in Orion magazine, is "The Island Wolves," about the wolf population on Michigan's Isle Royale.

Professor Howard Lavine's (Political Science and Psychology) article "Racial Diversity and the Dynamics of Authoritarianism" won the 2017 Joseph L. Bernd Best Journal of Politics Paper Award from the Southern Political Science Association.

Professor Dean Hewes (Communication Studies) was celebrated by the National Communication Association with a Career Achievement Award for his work in small group communications. 

Assistant Professor Kate Lockwood Harris (Communication Studies) won the top paper award from the Feminist and Women's Studies Division of the National Communication Association. 

Dawn Braithwaite (Communication Studies, PhD '88) was awarded two awards by the National Communication Association this year: The Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award to recognize a lifetime of outstanding service to the profession in research, teaching, and/or service and the Gerald R. Miller Book Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division (with colleague Paul Schrodt) for Engaging theories in Interpersonal Communication: Multiple perspectives (2nd ed). (Sage, 2015).

Grants & Fellowships

Congratulations to the following Fall 2017 Grant-in-Aid recipients:

Assistant Professor Somayeh Dodge (Geography, Environment, Society)
Professor Ruth Karras (History)
Assistant Professor Lan Liu (Statistics)
Professor Alex Lubet (Music)
Assistant Professor Lamar Peterson (Art)
Assistant Professor Michelle Phelps (Sociology)
Professor Kathryn Reyerson (History)
Assistant Professor Hyejoon Rim (Journalism & Mass Communication)
Associate Professor Jenny Schmid (Art)

Professor Julie Schumacher (English) received a sabbatical supplement for next year. Her next novel, The Shakespeare Requirement, will be published by Doubleday in August 2018.

Associate Professor Tanisha Fazal (Political Science) was selected by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs as a Fellow for the project "The Living Legacy of the First World War." Her contribution will focus on "The Politics and Medicine of Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Since WWI."

PI Professor Steven Manson (Geography, Environment & Society), and Co-PIs Assistant ProfessorJack DeWaard (Sociology), Professor Steven Ruggles (History), Postdoctoral Research AssociateLeah Samberg (Geography, Environment & Society), and alumna Laura Cleveland (MPC; PhD 2011) were awarded an NSF grant for their project, "IPUMS-Terra: Global Population and Agricultural Data." 

Graduate student Emily Springer (Sociology) was awarded a Mark and Judy Yudof Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year, for her dissertation work on "The Production of  Knowledge through Quantification: The Case of Women's Empowerment in Transnational Evaluation Systems." 

Publications & Creative Activities

Colleen Bertsch (PhD, ethnomusicology, advisee of Matthew Rahaim) is producing "The Romanian Colinde (Carols) Concert" on Saturday, December 16 at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Minneapolis. The concert will feature arrangements Bertsch has written for the Balkan band Orkestar Bez Ime and the Twin Cities' Romanian diaspora choir, Chorul Ciprian Porumbescu of Minnesota. 

Professor Guerino Mazzola's (Creative Studies & Media) now classic book series The Topos of Music (Birkhäuser, 2002) has been released in a second edition four-volume set. 

Maria Mannone (PhD, 2017, composition, student of Alex Lubet) gave an invited lecture at the University of Palermo, Italy on her interdisciplinary research to math faculty and students. Read more.

Jay Afrisando (MA, composition, student of Alex Lubet) has launched his new audio-visual work The (Real) Laptop Music on Vimeo.  

Anastasiya Nyzkodub (DMA, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) will perform at the Museum of Russian Art in Charlotte, NC in a concert dedicated to Russian composers. 

Jessica Park (DMA, organ, student of Dean Billmeyer) has been appointed chapel organist at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. 

Professor Tanisha Fazal (Political Science) had her article, "Rebellion, War Aims, and the Laws of War," published in Daedalus.

Professor August Nimtz (Political Science) had his article, "'The Bolsheviks Come to Power': A New Interpretation," published in Science and Society

Assistant Professor Mark Bell (Political Science) had his article, "Nuclear Opportunism: A Theory of How States Use Nuclear Weapons in International Politics," published in The Journal of Strategic Studies.

Professor Andrew Karch (Political Science) had his article, "Return of the "Rightful Remedy": Partisan Federalism, Resource Availability, and Nullification Legislation in the American States," published in Publius.

PhD candidate Lucas Franco (Political Science) had his article, "Organizing the Precariat: The Fight to Build and Sustain Fast Food Worker Power," published in Critical Sociology.

PhD candidate Florencia Montal (Candidate in International Relations and Comparative Politics) had her article, "Unintended Positive Complementarity: Why International Criminal Court Investigations May Increase Domestic Human Rights Prosecutions," published in the American Journal of International Law.

Ryan Alaniz (Sociology, PhD 2012) published a new book, From Strangers to Neighbors: Post-Disaster Resettlement and Community Building in Honduras (U Texas Press).

Jules Wright (Communication Studies, ABD) was a member of the NCA Social Justice Exchange and Community Engagement initiative helping to produce the NCA publication, Communication's Civic Callings: Social Justice Exchange and Community Engagement. 

Professor Mark Pedelty (Communication Studies) produced, directed, and composed two music videos for Metro Blooms, Blue Thumb, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, UMN Extension, and the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance. The videos merited 16 official film festival selections, winning juried awards at 6 of those festivals. The videos are currently part of partner organizations' social media outreach campaigns; both involved broad community participation. Pedelty published an article in the Journal of Music History Pedagogydescribing the Freirean methodology underlying these and other Ecosong projects. 

Professor Catherine Squires (Communication Studies) delivered the Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture at the National Communication Association.

Carson Rose Schneider (DMA, 2017, collaborative piano and coaching, student of Timothy Lovelace) has been appointed the new music director and principal coach of the winter 2018 Gate City Bank Young Artist Program in Fargo, ND. 

Nanyi (Neil) Qiang (DMA, 2017, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor with the Central State University Symphony Orchestra in Dayton, OH. 

Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May (History, American Studies) explores fear and politics in her new book, Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy.

Professor Kathryn Reyerson (History) published Mother and Sons, Inc.: Martha de Cabanis in Medieval Montpellier (Penn).

Professor Ruth Karras (History) co-edited the collection Entangled Histories: Knowledge, Authority and Jewish Culture (Penn). 

The Human Rights Initiative, a joint initiative of the College of Liberal Arts and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, announced its 2018 grantees:

  • Assistant Professor Hassan Abdel Salam (Sociology), Human Rights in Islamic Law: Understanding Islamic Jurists' Perceptions of Human Rights
  • Sonja Kuftinec (Theater Arts and Dance) and Avigail Manneberg (Art), A Contested Home: Memory, Commemoration and Rights around Forced Migration of Palestinians in the Galilee
  • Professor Howard Lavine (Political Science) and Professor James Ron (Public Affairs), Retooling U.S.-Based Human Rights Work for the Populist Era
  • Professor Deborah Levison (Public Affairs) and Frances Vavrus (Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development), Animating Children's Views: Implementing Article 12 of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Using Innovative Survey Methods
  • Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) and Regents Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Law), Mnemonic Struggles over the Gravest Human Rights Violations: The Armenian Genocide in Griswold v. Driscoll and beyond


November 2017


Graduate student Bingjie Liu (Music) is a First Place Winner (College Students/Professionals Category) of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition 2017. She will perform in the American Protégé Winners' Concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York City on Sunday, November 26.

Sumanth Gopinath (Music Theory) and former U of M School of Music faculty member Anna Schultz are winners of the American Musicological Society's H. Colin Slim Award for their article "Sentimental Remembrance and the Amusements of Forgetting in Karl and Harty's 'Kentucky.'"

Professor Nabil Matar (English) will receive the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences award in the category of Comparative Literature and Literary Translation for his decades of research on "cultural engagements and the meeting of civilizations." He will be flying to Kuwait City in December to receive the award from the Emir of Kuwait.

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural University of Minnesota Bands Concerto Competition: Judy Gaunt, trumpet and Emily Green, horn. 

Kathryn Yuill (BM, 2015, percussion, student of Fernando Meza, Peter Kogan, and Phil Hey) recently won a position playing percussion and drum set with the US Air Force Band of Mid-America.

Publications & Creative Activities

Associate Professor Michael Wilson (Anthropology) and graduate students Carrie Miller (Anthropology) and Kristy Crouse (Anthropology) wrote a paper, "Humans as a model species for sexual selection research," that was published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B of London on November 8th, 2017.

Graduate student Momcilo Aleksandri (Music) gave a presentation titled "Llobet Homage to Sor: Semiotic Interpretation" at the University of Indianapolis on Friday, October 27. Students of the guitar program were provided with a chance to discover a new way of interpreting music by Fernando Sor and Miguel Llobet.

Graduate student Amanda Weber (Music) was selected as one of five conducting fellows for the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in Baton Rouge.

2002 graduate Christine Gangelhoff (Music) will serve as artistic director of the Nassau Music Society in Nassau, Bahamas for the 2017–2018 season.

Congratulations to the co-winners of the University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition: Fanya Lin, piano and Wayne Ching, piano; Hwayoung Cho, voice – Honorable Mention. Fanya Lin will play Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the University Symphony Orchestra in Ted Mann Concert Hall on February 9, 2018. Hwayoung Cho (honorable mention), will perform “Depuis le jour” from Louise by Charpentier with the University Symphony Orchestra in Ted Mann Concert Hall on February 9, 2018. Wayne Ching will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor” with the University Symphony Orchestra on a concert in fall 2018. Fanya Lin and Wayne Ching are students of Lydia Artymiw. Hwayoung Cho is a student of Jean del Santo.

Graduate student Alison Lee (Music) performed a solo recital on November 10 for the Minnesota Valley Music Teacher's Association at the Twin Rivers Center for the Arts in Mankato, MN.

2016 graduate Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (Music) joined the piano faculty at two music conservatories in Toronto, Canada in October 2017: the Arcadia Academy of Music and the Bellissimo Academy for Music and Arts.

2017 graduate Neil Nanyi Qiang (Music) was recently invited as a guest artist to perform several chamber recitals at Wright State University, OH on October 29 and Ball State University, IN on November 11 with his viola-clarinet-piano trio.

Robert W. Kase (DMA, 1987) was recently appointed dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth. 

David France (MM, 2003, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) has published his first book, Show Up: Unlocking the Power of Relational Networking, on  

Eric McEnaney (DMA, 2009, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai) recently made debuts with Minnesota Orchestra as both vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for Salome, starring Patricia Racette, and as orchestral keyboardist for Star Trek Live. Read more. 

Maria Mannone (PhD, 2017, composition, student of Alex Lubet) gave a talk at the Sound/Image Colloquium at the University of Greenwich in London (November 10-12, 2017). 

Patrick Terry (BM, 2013, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) will perform with pianist Imogen Cooper and lutist Andrey Lebedev at Wigmore Hall in London on December 2, 2017. 

Kirsten Volness (BA, 2002, music theory and composition, student of Judith Lang Zaimont and Alex Lubet; piano student of Paul Shaw) has been appointed the inaugural composer-in-residence at the 79-year-old Mary K. Hail Music Mansion in Providence, RI. 

Aaron Eddens' article “White science and indigenous maize: the racial logics of the Green Revolution” was recently published in the Journal of Peasant Studies

David Damschroder's (Music Theory) Harmony Project has been enhanced by two books published during Fall 2017: Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann (Cambridge University Press) and Tonal Analysis: A Schenkerian Perspective (W. W. Norton), joining five other books published by Cambridge University Press starting in 2008.

Maria Mannone (2017, PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet) gave an invited talk titled "Music, Interface, Expressivity" at the Research Institute of Electrical Communication Tohoku University (Sendai) on November 22. 


October 2017


AAS Outreach Coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay received a $30,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of their Knight Arts Challenge, to develop her project “In The Camps: A Refugee Musical.”

History professor and former IAS Faculty Fellow and Advisory Board member David Chang was presented with the 2017 Albert J. Beveridge Award for his book The World and All the Things upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration, published by University of Minnesota Press.

Brown University ethnomusicologist Jeff Todd Titon (PhD, UMN, 1971) received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota.

Graduate student Kathryn Huether (Music) was awarded $500 as the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the 2017 Literature and Film Association Conference: Politics, Ethics, and Adaptations at the University of Montana, Missoula.

The second round of UMN Grand Challenges Research grants will continue to advance the research goals of Driving Tomorrow, the Strategic Plan for the Twin Cities Campus. The internal research investment provides two-year interdisciplinary team awards totaling $2.96 million to six interdisciplinary projects engaging more than 120 faculty and external partners, as well as support for two six-member Grand Challenges Research Scholar Collaboratives for 2018–19.  We’re excited that 9 members of our CLA community are included in the teams participating in this important research. 

  • Bianet Castellanos (American Studies)
  • Kate Derickson (Geography, Environment & Society)
  • Carl Flink (Theatre Arts & Dance)
  • Cindy Garcia (Theatre Arts & Dance)
  • Sumanth Gopinath (Music)
  • Kathryn Grace (Geography, Environment and Society)
  • Richa Nagar (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
  • Michelle Phelps (Sociology)
  • Diane Willow (Art)

Grants & Fellowships

Derek Peterson, who received a PhD in African History from the University of Minnesota, received a prestigious MacArthur "Genius Grant."

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Tanya Remenikova (Music) performed two recitals with Hill House Chamber Players on October 2 and October 9. The program featured the Dohnanyi Piano Quintet #2 in E flat Minor, Opus 26 (1914) and the Satie Gymnopedie #1, arr. Koncz, for string quartet.

The Graduate Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Fernando Meza (Music), traveled to Costa Rica at the invitation of the Costa Rican/North American Cultural Center in San José, from September 25 through October 2.

Professor Lydia Artymiw (Music) returned to the Juilliard School of Music in New York (her fourth invitation) to guest teach Juilliard piano students of Dr. Veda Kaplinsky from October 29 to November 1, 2017.

Associate Professor Immanuel Davis (Music) just completed a baroque flute recording project with world-renowned baroque flutist Barthold Kuijken. They recorded a program of works from the Court of Louis XIV. They performed three concerts in Minnesota and then recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Adam Abeshouse at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.

Professor Timothy Lovelace (Music) played several concerts with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Among the pieces of music was Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire."

Professor David Myers (Music) will serve as the Carrigan Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in early November. He will deliver public and class presentations and work with PhD students on research projects.


September 2017


Professor Ananya Chatterjea (Theatre Arts & Dance) was awarded the 2017 Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award this summer. 

The Department of Sociology's Diversity Committee was awarded with the 2017 Lillian H. Williams Award by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Ron Aminzade (committee chair) and Enid Logan have promoted a series of initiatives and events designed to promote racial diversity and inclusion. 

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) received the ASA Section for Crime, Law, and Deviance 2017 Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award for his accumulated body of scholarship.

Grants & Fellowships

Professors Peggy Nelson (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences), Andrew Oxenham (Psychology), Gordon Legge (Psychology), and Victoria Interrante (CSE), were awarded $3 million from the National Science Foundation for their project, “Graduate Training Program in Sensory Science: Optimizing the Information Available for Mind and Brain.” Theirs is one of only 17 NSF Research Traineeship projects to have been selected from a pool of 220 applicants to develop and implement bold, new graduate education in the STEM fields.

Associate Professor Paul Schrater (Psychology) was awarded a UMII MnDRIVE Updraft Grant for the project "Sharing Pipelines between Scientific Workflow Management Systems and Integrator Workflow." He was also awarded a UMII MnDRIVE Updraft Grant for the project "Deep Learning for Neural/Behavioral Informatics" with his colleague Thomas Ringstrom (computer science).

Assistant Professor Siri Suh (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) has been awarded a short-term research publication grant by the American Association of University Women for 2017-2018. These American fellowships are highly competitive and will aid Professor Suh in finishing her book manuscript titled Obstetric Ambiguities: Reproductive Governance, Evidence, and Global Abortion Politics in Senegal.

Assistant Professor Chun Wang (Psychology) has been awarded the McKnight Presidential Fellowship. This year only five faculty members received these fellowships.

PhD student Nanyi Qiang (Music) was recently a collaborative piano intern at the 2017 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Intern Program held at the University of Toronto. In May he performed at the Spring Into Art Song Festival 2017 at the Manhattan School of Music.

2017 ACLS Fellowship Received
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to have announced the 2017 cohort of ACLS fellowship recipients. 

  • Professor Maki Isaka (Asian Languages & Literatures) will be in the ACLS Fellowship Program for "Femmes Fatales, Honorary Men, and Muted Feminine Voices: Women's Gidayû-Music and Fandom in Modern Japan."
  • PhD student Christina Michelon (Art History) received the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art for "Interior Impressions: Printed Material in the Nineteenth-Century American Home."
  • PhD student Katie Sue Sisneros (English) is in the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program for her work as a content analyst at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
  • PhD student and Immigrant Stories Project Manager Elizabeth O’Ressa Venditto (History) is in the Mellon ACLS Public Fellows Program for her work as a policy analyst in the New York City mayor's office of immigrant affairs.


Professor Raúl Marrero-Fente (Spanish & Portuguese studies) was elected Correspondent of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. 

Professor Phyllis Moen (Sociology) was named to the AARP Minnesota and Pollen Midwest’s #50Over50 list of people who are shattering myths about aging.

Publications & Creative Activities

Graduate student Jay Afrisando (Music) had his compositions performed as part of the Convergence Series at Studio Z. 

DMA student Ahmed Anzaldúa (Music) is the artistic director of the new group, Border CrosSing. Border CrosSing's premier concert titled Latin America: A Miracle of Faith will be September 16 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. This concert is first in the five-part series titled Puentes.

Associate Professor Lisa Channer (Theatre Arts & Dance) and her company, Theatre Novi Most, performed Dancing on the Edge in early September. This project started in 2011 with a Fulbright. She also gained support with a GIA award and was part of the first cohort of Talle Fund awardees last year. The play is about the dancer Isadora Duncan and involves artists from Minnesota, New York, and Russia. 

Graduate student Matthew Harikian (Music) performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Lompoc Pops Orchestra in early September.

Assistant Professor Nathaniel Helwig (Psychology) had an article, “Dynamic properties of successful smiles,” published in the journal Plos One in June, which garnered a lot of media attention.

DMA student Fanya Lin (Music) won the first prize and gold medal in the solo division (Level D) at the International Odyssiad International Piano Competition and Festival held at Colorado State University.

DMA student Alison Lee (Music) performed Piano Quintet, Op. 15 by Erich Korngold at the Castleman Quartet Program at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon in August.

Associate Professor Akosua Obuo Addo (Music) presented "Transnational Dialogues in World Music Pedagogy: Interactions across Continents" with Yiannis Miralis (European University Cyprus) at the 25th European Association for Music in Schools Conference/6th European International Society for Music Education Regional Conference, University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in April.

DMA student Soyoung Park (Music) performed the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A, K. 488 with the Virtuosi Brunenses Orchestra, under the direction of Uri Segal, at Music Fest in Perugia, Italy in July. She also performed the Lutoslawski-Paganini Variations in the 25th anniversary Korea-Vietnam Piano Concert held at the Seoul Arts Center's IBK Chamber Hall in Seoul, Korea.

Professor Steven Ostrow (Art History) published his piece, “Pietro Tacca’s Fontane dei Mostri Marini: Collecting copies at the end of the Gilded Age” in Journal of the History of Collections. We have a copy of this fountain on the river-facing plaza of Coffman Union.

Associate Professor Luis Ramos-Garcia (Spanish & Portuguese Studies) was invited by the Corporacion Colombiana de Teatro (Bogotá, Colombia) to attend the international Mujeres en Escena/Women on the Stage to present his book, Textos de Santiago García y de/sobre el teatro La candelaria en la Revista Conjunto, that he edited with Vivian Martinez Tabares and published by Casa de las Américas (La Habana-Cuba). Sponsored by the Grand Challenges project, Ramos-Garcia delivered two lectures on "Social Justice Through Collaborative Artistic Expression: The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights Across the Disciplines and Voice to Vision Project," and interviewed a number of women theater directors and human rights activists on the latest Colombian Peace process.  

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) was recently included in the American Society of Criminology's Oral History Criminology Project. He was interviewed by Ryan King (Ohio State; UMN Sociology PhD 2005).

Associate Professor Adriana Zabala (Music) received rave reviews for her performance as “the Composer” in Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos with the Berkshire Opera Festival Company at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. And she performed for the recently released album Durey Rediscovered: The Unpublished Song Manuscripts of Louis Durey, featuring forty-one previously unrecorded songs by Durey.