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Accolades Spring 2018

News about the publications, creative activities, and recognition given to our faculty, staff, and graduate students
January 5, 2018
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March 2018


Ho Yin Kwok (DMA, orchestral conducting, student of Mark Russell Smith) is the winner of the 2017-2018 Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition and will guest conduct the Arapahoe Philharmonic (Denver, CO) on March 10.

Momcilo Aleksandric (DMA, guitar, student of Maja Radovanlija) won the third prize at the Miami International Guitar Competition that took place from February 23 to February 25, at Florida International University.

Emma Fiala and her team won 2nd place at the International Emory Global Health Case Competition.

Congratulations to the following U of M School of Music students and private students of U of M School of Music faculty on their successes at the Thursday Musical 2018 Young Artist Scholarship Competition.

Sofia Schutte, 1st Place, violin, BM, student of Sally O'Reilly
Mary Alice Hutton, 2nd Place, violin, MM, student of Sally O'Reilly
Olivia Martin, Honorable Mention, BA, cello, student of Tanya Remenikova

Daniel Eras, 1st Place, piano, BM, student of Alexander Braginsky
Ines Guanchez, Honorable Mention, piano, BM, student of Alexander Braginsky

Hui Zhang, 1st Place tie, bassoon, MM, student of John Miller
Matthew Pilmer, 1st Place tie, saxophone, BM, student of Preston Duncan

Congratulations to the following U of M School of Music students on their success at the Schubert Club's 2018 Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition – Voice, Brass & Woodwinds, and Guitar.

Amelia Smith, 1st Place, clarinet, student of Tim Zavadil
Ming-Hui Lin, 2nd Place, flute, student of Immanuel Davis
Robert Wakeley, Thelma Hunter Schubert Club Award, flute, student of Immanuel Davis

Filip Živanović, 1st Place, student of Maja Radovanlija

Anna Hashizume, 2nd Place, student of Wendy Zaro Mullins 

Young Eun Lee, student of John De Haan

Russell Sweet, saxophone, student of Preston Duncan

DMA Piano Performance student, Fanya Lin, was the fourth prize winner at the Hastings International Piano Competition in Hastings, England in Feb. 2018. She performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto #3 with the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London in the finals. She is a student of Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw.

Congratulations to the new CLA Consortium Student Scholars. PhD candidate Elena Falcettoni (Economics) was awarded $7,000, and PhD candidate Milica Milic (Anthropology) was awarded $5,000, issued by the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.

Grants & Fellowships

Professor Michal Kobialka (Theatre Arts & Dance) and his partners have been awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain for the project "Staging Difficult Pasts: Of Narratives, Objects and Public Memory."

Assistant Professor Maggie Hennefeld (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) was awarded a Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors at Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies for 2018-2019. 

Kirsten Volness (BA, 02, music theory/composition, student of Judith Lang Zaimont and Paul Shaw) has been awarded a $25,000 MacColl Johnson Fellowship from the Rhode Island Foundation, considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached awards available to early- or mid-career composers in the United States.

The Heritage Studies and Public History graduate program has been awarded a grant of $350,000.00 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Professor David Chang (History) has been awarded the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship.

Ph.D. candidate Angela Carter (Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies) has been selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, receiving the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. Angela is studying how PTSD and trauma is understood in American culture after 9/11, and how that understanding leaves behind society's most vulnerable. She will receive a $5,000 award to help cover expenses incurred while completing her dissertation.

Publications & Creative Activities

Assistant Professor Maggie Hennefeld (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) is publishing her first book, Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes, this month from Columbia University Press (2018).

Sarah Wigley (BM, 2005, voice) will be the featured presenter at the Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing Spring Meeting on March 11 in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. 

Congratulations to U of M School of Music voice students Janine Ernsting, Rhianna Leigh Cockrell, Mario Ángel Pérez, and Jeehoon Kim on being selected to participate in this year’s Educational Collaboration and Coaching of Opera program. A career-development initiative between Minnesota Opera and the U of M School of Music, the ECCO program affords the opportunity for singers to participate in coachings and classes with world-class artists on the Minnesota Opera staff. This is the sixth year of the ECCO program.

Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano Lydia Artymiw's newest CD recording was just released on the Bridge label (Bridge 9501): “The Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Felix Mendelssohn with cellist Marcy Rosen and pianist Lydia Artymiw.” David Grayson, Professor of Musicology, wrote the CD liner notes. This recording is available on Amazon.

February 2018


Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies Carter Meland (American Indian Studies) is a finalist for a MN Book Award for his work Stories for a Lost Child.

Anna Hersey (MM, 2017, Voice, student of Lawrence Weller; MA, 2009, Musicology, student of Kelley Harness) received a Special Judges' Citation from The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2017-18. The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, recognizing "Excellence in Scandinavian Art Song."

PhD student Jeff Cross (Classical and Near Eastern Studies) won the Jeremias Prize, awarded annually by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS). The prize is awarded to students whose paper submission demonstrates graduate research ability and scholarly promise. The paper is entitled “Amuletic Enigmas: Identifying P. Amh. Gr I 3,” and represents an effort to determine the secondary use of an ancient document that features excerpts from the biblical book of Genesis in two different Greek translations and one excerpt from the biblical book of Hebrews.

Graduate student Travis Fried (Geographic Information Science) has been awarded the John S. Adams Award for Excellence in Transportation Research and Education, given to University of Minnesota graduate students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in policy and planning fields.

Professor Jonathan Gewirtz (Psychology), Associate Professor Keith Mayes (African American & African Studies), Professor Alexander Rothman (Psychology), and Professor Barbara Welke (History) are recipients of 2017-18 Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Grants & Fellowships

PhD candidate Joshua Eichen (Geography, Environment, and Society) has been named a 2018-2019 IDF Fellow with the Center for Early Modern History.

Dana DeVlieger (PhD, music theory) has received an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for the 2018-19 school year. DeVlieger will collaborate with the Center for Cognitive Sciences on her dissertation project “Promoting Creativity: How the Use of Music Analysis in Litigation Affects Value Judgments in Copyright Cases."

Associate Professor Teresa Gowan (Sociology) and Eric Goldfischer (Geography graduate student), received funding support for their research project, "Thinking and Organizing at the Margins of Traditional Housing (TOMOTH)," from the Institute of Advanced Study; UROC; and the departments of Geography, Environment & Society and Theater & Dance.

Two Sociology professors were awarded Institute for Advanced Study 2018-19 Residential Faculty Fellowships for their projects:
1. Elizabeth Boyle, "Abortion Politics in Uruguay, Perú, and Nicaragua, 1998-2015: Explaining Disparate Outcomes."
2. Teresa Swartz, "Not Just Child's Play: Race and the Reproduction of Inequality in and through Youth Activities.

Dustin Studelska, a current CSPW Dissertation Fellow, has been named a 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow with the Goldstein Museum of Design.

Alex Lubet (composition) and Iris Shiraishi (PhD, 1994, music therapy) join NEA Heritage Fellowship winners PJ and Roy Hirabayashi for "Bridging Tomodachi," a performance of traditional Japanese music, compositions by the performers, and music of Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix, sponsored by Taiko Arts Midwest.

Professor Mark Pedelty (Communication Studies) won a grant from Humanities Without Walls for his project, “Field to Media: Applied Musicology for a Changing Climate.”

Ph.D. candidate Natalia Vargas Márquez (Art History) has been awarded a Thoma Visiting Scholars in Spanish Colonial Art Fellowship to work on the Thoma Collection in the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Austin, Texas, during the month of March. 

Publications & Creative Activities

Ph.D. candidate Jessica Finlay (Geography, Environment & Society) just had an article published based on her dissertation research. "‘Walk like a penguin’: Older Minnesotans' experiences of (non)therapeutic white space," is part of the February 2018 edition of Social Science & Medicine.

Roque Diaz (PhD, Music Education, student of David Myers) has been selected from a highly competitive international group of applicants to present a session on diversity practices in arts grant procedures at the Reflective Conservatoire Conference at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He will also share a session with Professor David Myers (Music Education and Creative Studies & Media) on professional arts organizations and their collaborations with music schools to develop artist citizens. Diaz has also been awarded a 1,000-pound prize by the Guildhall in support of his travel to London.

Gabriel Quenneville-Belair (DMA, 2016, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) has achieved Second Place in The American Prize in Piano contest, 2017-18, in the professional solo division. Quenneville-Belair was selected from applications reviewed this past fall from all across the United States.

Tetsuya Takeno's (PhD, composition, student of Alex Lubet) composition Samsara won the Eric Stokes Song Contest, sponsored by Twin Cities new music ensemble Zeitgeist. Takeno's paper titled "cheating, lying, stealing by David Lang – Musical effect of permutation construction and its rhythmic structure" has been accepted for presentation the 2018 National Association of Composers/USA National Conference.

Regents Professor Emerita Madelon Sprengnether (English) had a new book, Mourning Freud, published on February 8th, 2018.

Professor Andrew Elfenbein (English) had a new book, The Gist of Reading, published in January 2018. 

Graduate School Fellow Aaron Eddens (American Studies) wrote an article titled “Governing the Liberal Self in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era: Science, Class and the Debate over GMOs” that was published in Cultural Studies!

Pianist and Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw (Music) joined Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra and clarinetist Osmo Vanska, concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra Erin Keefe, and cellist Wilhelmina Smith for a sold-out concert presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the Kimmel Center on Feb. 2, 2018. The group has been re-engaged to appear again on this series in 2020.

Professor Adriana Zabala (Music) joined colleagues in a performance at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on February 17. She and Sing for Hope co-founder Camille Zamora have spearheaded the transcription, publication, and recording of Pauline Viardot and Ivan Turgenev's opera, Le Dernier Sorcier. They performed and discussed excerpts from the forthcoming recording on the Armory's Conversations series.

Kathryn Huether (MA, musicology, advisee of Karen Painter) has been selected to participate in the 2018 Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program.

January 2018


Technology architect Colin McFadden and digital preservation specialist Samantha Porter have won the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s 3M Art and Technology Award. They will receive $50,000 toward the development of “Riddle Mia This,” a mobile app that aims to deepen visitor engagement with MIA.

Professor Ana Forcinito (Spanish & Portuguese Studies) has been been awarded the 2018 Literary Prize by Casa de las Americas for her book on Latin American Women's Cinema, Óyeme con los ojos: Cine, mujeres, visiones y voces [Listen to me with your eyes: women, vision and voice]. The Casa de las Americas awards a literary prize every year to a work by a Spanish or Portuguese-speaker author from Latin America or the Iberian Peninsula. The “Premio Literario Casa de las Américas” is one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious literary prizes.

Grants & Fellowships

Shaden M. Tageldin, Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and Director of the African Studies Initiative, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2019 as she writes a new book, provisionally titled Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature. NEHF fellowships are among the most prestigious and competitive in the country, with an average funding ratio of 7 percent in the last five years. 
Graduate student Joseph Whitson (American Studies) has been awarded an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.
The Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop (ICW) Program is intended to spur new collaborations among scholars in CLA and beyond. It provides support to bring together faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students from a variety of fields to intensively study a topic. ICWs are meant to convene scholars from within the college and beyond, and as such, proposed forms of workshops may include (but are not limited to) reading groups, seminars, symposia, conferences, or virtual centers. Congratulations to the following Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Award CLA recipients:
Full Grant Awards:
Migration and Migrants in Terrifying Times
Assistant Professor Jack DeWaard (Sociology)
Professor Erika Lee ( History, Asian American Studies)
Associate Professor Cawo Abdi (Sociology, Institute for Global Studies)
Professor Bruce Braun (Geography, Environment & Society)
Associate Professor Bianet Castellanos (American Studies)
Associate Professor Giovanna Dell'Orto (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication)
Professor Douglas Hartmann (Sociology)
Professor Karen Ho (Anthropology & Race, Indigeneity, Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Art and Science
Associate Professor Ofelia Ferrán (Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
Associate Professor Alejandro Baer (Sociology)
Professor Ana Forcinito (Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Institute for Global Studies)
Professor Jan Estep (Art)
Professor Ana Paula Ferreira (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) 
Professor Patrick McNamara (History)
Associate Professor Leslie Morris (German, Scandinavian and Dutch)
Professor Bill Viestenz (Spanish and Portuguese Studies)
Professor Stephen Engel (Psychology)
Professor Mary Jo Maynes (History)
Mini Grant Awards
Effects of Parental Incarceration on Family and Child Wellbeing: Informing Best Practices Through an Investigation of Caregiver Experiences
Associate Professor Joshua Page (Sociology)
PhD Candidate Caitlin Curry (Sociology)
Blackness and Disability Studies: Interrogating Anti-Black Racism and Disablement
Assistant Professor Aren Aizura (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
Professor Jigna Desai (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
Professor Jennifer Pierce (American Studies)
Associate Professor Patrick McNamera (History)
PhD Candidate Angela Carter (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
Narrative/Medicine: Personal Narrative Analysis across the Liberal Arts and Medical Practice
Professor Mary Jo Maynes (History)
Associate Professor Leslie Morris (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)
Associate Professor Alejandro Baer (Sociology)
Professor Andrew Elfenbein (English)
Professor Jan Estep (Art)
Associate Professor Ofelia Ferrán (Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
Professor Shirley Garner (English)
Professor Jennifer Pierce (American Studies)
Professor Madelon Sprengnether (English)
Associate Professor Karen-Sue Taussig (Anthropology)


Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Stephen Engel (Psychology) was recently involved in a research project that was the lead article in the journal Psychological Science. The project involved using virtual reality to improve the effects of strabismus, more commonly known as “lazy eye.”

Graduate Student Matthew Tchepikova-Treon (American Studies) wrote,“What Kind of Bad?: Curtis Mayfield and The Deuce” an article that will be published in the upcoming volume of Jump Cut media journal.

Associate Professor Bianet Castellanos (American Studies) edited a special forum “Settler Colonialism in Latin American,” in the recent issue of American Quarterly. She was also inducted as a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers (SNI) in January 2018.

Anna Hashizume (MM, 2017, voice, student of Wendy Zaro-Mullins and David Walsh) has been engaged for the winter 2018 Gate City Young Artist program of Fargo Moorhead Opera. 

U of M School of Music alumnus José A. Zayas Cabánas presented a saxophone concert at Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall on January 25. He has presented performances and taught master classes throughout Europe, the Caribbean and North America. 

Joan Wallace (DMA, piano, student of Paul Shaw) was selected to present at this year's MTNA Collegiate Pedagogy Symposium at University of Texas-Austin Butler School of Music. 

Wesley Frye (MM, voice, student of John De Haan) and Mario Ángel Pérez (MM, voice, student of Adriana Zabala) performed in Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of Puccini's Turandot. Perez and Frye were selected as Young Artists where they covered the roles of Emperor Altoum and Pang respectively.