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Accolades Fall 2018

January 7, 2019
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December 2018


Professor David A. Chang (History) has been chosen by the Modern Language Association of America to receive the MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for his book, The World and All the Things upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration.

Jiyeon Hwang (DMA, Voice, student of Jean del Santo) won the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra's 21st Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition in the Emerging Artist category. She will perform “Quel guardo Il Cavaliere” from Gaetano Donizetti's opera Don Pasquale on March 23 at the Church of St. Albert the Great in Minneapolis.

Grants & Fellowships

Director of Human Rights Program  Barbara Frey has been selected for a faculty research award with the Human Rights Initiative for her project, “Observatory for Disappearances and Impunity in Mexico: Media reporting and human rights accountability.”

Professor Jack DeWaard (Sociology) has been selected for a faculty research award with the Human Rights Initiative for his project, “Promoting Transparency and Engagement in U.S. Immigration Court by Ensuring the Quality and Utility of Data Collected by Volunteer Observers.”

The following faculty members have all been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship:

Professor Sinem Casale (Art History), "Gifts in the Age of Empire: Ottoman-Safavid Cultural Exchange, 1500-1650"
Professor Lisa Channer (Theatre Arts & Dance), "DENIM"
Professor Cosette Creamer (Political Science), "In International Courts We Trust: The Hidden Role of Registries and Legal Secretariats"
Professor Samuel Fletcher (Philosophy), "Rethinking Formal Methods in Philosophy"
Professor Jonathan Gewirtz (Psychology), "Epigenetic Effects of Repeated Opioid Exposure"
Professor Bonnie Klimes-Dougan (Psychology), "Mindful Breathing and Neuromodulation for Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults"
Professor Nathaniel Mills (English), "Workshopping Blackness: Collaboration and the Production of African American Literature "
Professor Monica Moses Haller (Art), "Liquid Gold Proposal"
Professor Katherine Scheil (English), "Citizen Shakespeare"

Professor Josephine Lee (English) received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for her project, "Blackface and Yellowface: American Theater and Racial Performance.

Professor J.B. Shank (History) received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for his project, "Building a Digital Portal for Exploring Bernard and Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the World.

Assistant Professor Travis Wilds (History) received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for his project, “Empire of Exactitude: Life, Literature and the Physical Sciences in Post-Enlightenment Paris.

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Yanjie Bian (Sociology) published his new book, Guanxi: How China Works, in which he analyzes the importance of social relations in China today. 

November 2018


Nanette Hanks, CLA Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, was elected as a member of the board of directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) at the annual meeting in Chicago in November. CCAS, founded in 1965, is the national association for deans of arts and sciences. CCAS represents 800+ deans and 1200+ associate/assistant deans and fosters excellence in colleges and schools of arts & sciences.

Micheal Min (piano, student of Kyung Kim) won first place at the 2018-19 University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Min will perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the University Symphony Orchestra in Ted Mann Concert Hall on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

Michael Chu (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) placed first in the State level of his category in the college audition at the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Performance Competitions on November 9th.

Ariel Detwiler (bassoon, student of Norbert Nielubowski) and Sofia Mycyk (piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) were winners of the 2018-19 University of Minnesota Bands Concerto Competition.

Seongkyeong Kim (DMA, piano, student of Paul Shaw) and Xin Lin (DMA, piano, student of Paul Shaw) were the winners in the Emerging Professional Category of the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra’s 21st Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition. They will both be featured as soloists with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yuri Ivan in the Winners’ Showcase on March 23, 2019 at the Church of St. Albert the Great in Minneapolis.

Hocheol Shin (DMA, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova) is a winner of the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra's 21st Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition in Emerging Artist category.

Publications & Creative Activities

Kathryn Huether's (MA, musicology, advisee of Karen Painter) article titled “Did You Notice the Butterflies?: Behind the Headphones, Muted Memorializing and Curated Soundscapes at Treblinka” was accepted for the 2018 issue of Reflections, the Auschwitz Jewish Center's Annual Alumni Journal.

Professor Dean Billmeyer’s (organ) double CD entitled Straube Plays Bach was released on the Rondeau label (Leipzig Germany), and is also available on iTunes and Naxos.

October 2018


Director of Public Engagement Amelious Whyte won the 2017 Crowder Cup from Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity for his work as the academic advisor for the local chapter of the fraternity. Amelious was also recognized by the University Greek community as the Outstanding Chapter Advisor 2017-2018. Amelious has served as the chapter's advisor from 1998-2008, and from 2014-present.

Professor Richa Nagar (Geography, Environment and Society) has been awarded the 2019 James Blaut Award for Socialist and Critical Geography, which will be presented at the Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers in Washington D.C. in April. 

Grants & Fellowships

Professor Ananya Chatterjea (Theater Arts & Dance) is one of five choreographers selected for a new cohort of Choreographic Fellowship Candidates by the Urban Bush Women (UBW). The new Cohort was selected through a nationwide vetting process to identify choreographers who have distinctive artistic voices, compelling point of views addressing particular issues of cultural narrative and history, and exemplified readiness for the program.

Publications & Creative Activities

Community Outreach Coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay (Asian American Studies) published a book called When Everything Was Everything, the first picture book by a Lao American from Minnesota.

Professor Guerino Mazzola's (Creative Studies and Media) paper "Complex Time for Consciousness and Creativity in Music" was published in the journal Spazio Filosofico.

Professor Ray Gonzalez (English) published Cutting the Wire: Photographs and Poetry from the US-Mexico Border (University of New Mexico Press), a collaborative project with fellow poet Lawrence Welsh and photographer Bruce Berman.

Assistant Professor Elaine Auyoung (English) published her debut, When Fiction Feels Real: Representation and the Reading Mind, with Oxford University Press.

Associate Professor Kim Todd's (English) essay “The Island Wolves” was featured in the "Best American" 2018 anthology series. The essay also appears in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018, which was guest edited by English-Physics BA alum (and popular science writer) Sam Kean. 

Professor Katherine Scheil (English) published Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway (Cambridge University Press) in June.

MFA in Creative Writing candidate May Lee-Yang's (English) play The Korean Drama Addict's Guide to Losing Your Virginity premiered at Park Square Theatre in August with Theater Mu.

September 2018


Professor Emeritus Craig Kirchhoff (Music) will receive the Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor at the 72nd Annual Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. The medal is awarded to conductors, educators, composers, and others whose distinct services to instrumental music education and continuing influence on the development and improvement of bands and orchestras deserve the highest recognition.

Professor Michael Walker (Sociology) was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Article Award by the American Society of Criminology for his article, "Race Making in a Penal Institution" (American Journal of Sociology, 2016). Prof. Walker will be presented with the award at the annual ASC conference on Nov. 14.

Professor Sarah C. Chambers (History) was awarded the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award at the annual Celebrating Changemakers program in October.

Publications & Creative Activities

Guerino Mazzola's (Music) recent CD Live at Le Classique (pfMENTUM label) with Swiss percussionist Heinz Geisser was reviewed by Vittorio LoConte on MusicZoom.

Professor Emerita Rebecca Shockley (Music) recently published a revised and expanded edition of her mother's memoirs entitled Is There a Piano in the House?. Her mother, Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne, was a well-known pianist and teacher in Cincinnati and was a pianist with the Cincinnati Symphony for 20 years. Originally published in 1985 by the Keyboard Cub (which she founded in 1935), the book now includes new photos, letters, programs, and stories.

Professor Leslie Morris (German, Slavic, Nordic & Dutch) published a new book, The Translated Jew: German Jewish Culture Outside the Margins on September 15, 2018.