Congratulations to Howard Oransky, director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. Oransky's international exhibition "Coveted Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta" was featured twice in Artforum International Magazine's 2018 Year in Review, a coveted list in the field of visual arts.
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.
Stuart Deets, a PhD student in the Department of Art History, authors this story about the importance of representation in art. "We know that representation matters, that coming to a place of cultural authority and seeing someone that looks like me — or something that speaks to who I am — is key to inclusion and community."
Colin McFadden, technology architect in Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS), and Samantha Thi Porter, digital preservation specialist, created a puzzle-app that uses augmented reality to transform the Minneapolis Institute of Art into a big escape room.
V.V. Ganeshananthan, an assistant professor of English, co-authors this article from The New York Times about the rising fears of authoritarian rule and repression of minorities in Sri Lanka. Ganeshananthan explains how the "current impasse is more than a constitutional crisis — it is a moral and political one."
At the University of Minnesota Marching Band's 57th annual indoor concert at Northrop, there were free earplugs provided for audience members to protect from hearing damage. It's a growing concern for musicians and audience members alike. "We have 325 musicians . . . .That creates a lot of decibels,” Marching band director Betsy McCann says.
The Star Tribune has written an art review of CLA's "On Purpose: Portrait of the Liberal Arts" exhibit. The exhibit is on display at Katherine E. Nash Gallery through Dec. 8, and features 60 of CLA's departments and organizations.
Dean Billmeyer, a professor of music, talks about the newly restored pipe organ at Northrop auditorium. “I think the Northrop instrument would be viewed as one of the very best from the 1930s,” Billmeyer says.
Saymoukda Vongsay, Community Outreach Coordinator in Asian American Studies, talks about being an artist and a refugee. "My advice is [to] pursue your passions and what you are interested in because it shows if you are doing good work," she says.
Dean Sorenson, an associate professor and director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music in CLA, describes the "magical night" of the Honoring Prince event. "I wanted our students to interact with those pros, to give them a taste of what it’s like to make music at that level,” he said.
Mette Towley (BA '13, dance and cultural studies and comparative literature) is a CLA alumna who has worked with Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, and Pharrell Williams. She's now a global brand ambassador for Revlon.
Sean Connaughty, lecturer in the Department of Art, has been collecting trash from the shore of Lake Hiawatha in Minneapolis since fall of 2015. In the last three years, he's collected three tons of trash. Connaughty and other artists are creating art work out of the trash, hoping to send a message about litter and pollution.
Established in 2004 by members of the Twin Cities metropolitan area Chinese community, the Chinese Heritage Foundation provides grants that support its twin goals: to preserve and promote the understanding of Chinese history, culture and heritage, and to facilitate communication and mutual understanding among all Minnesotans.
Ananya Chatterjea, professor of dance in the theatre arts & dance department, is featured in this article that describes how dance can be used as a tool for passing down cultural knowledge and better understanding our world.
The College of Liberal Arts gathered as a community to honor the creative, scholarly, and instructional work of our outstanding and internationally renowned faculty at Faculty Excellence held on Tuesday, April 17 in the Best Buy Theater at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. This annual event is held to celebrate faculty retiring from the College of Liberal Arts.
"When you work on a play with a group of people, you’re working on math ideas and spatial relationships. They might not recognize that.” Lisa Channer, associate professor of theatre arts and dance, knows the value of a liberal arts degree but worries that many students might not. By focusing on career readiness in her class assignments, she makes sure students can explain what they can do.