16 top historians predict how future generations will remember the politics of the year 2018. One of these historians is Professor William P. Jones of the history department, who believes 2018 was a pivotal year for the American worker.
David Perry, senior academic adviser to the Department of History, writes about the restraint-and-seclusion policies in schools that continue to traumatize and endanger children and teens. "It shouldn't take the death of a teenage boy to stop overuse of restraint in schools," he says.
Josephine Lee, professor of English and Asian American Studies, has been awarded a 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities for “Blackface and Yellowface: American Theater and Racial Performance,” a book-in-progress that looks at racial representation in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American theater.
The jingle dress dance is a spiritual healing practice dating back to 1918. Guided by the research efforts of Brenda Child—professor and current chair of the Department of American Studies—an exhibit featuring the evolution of the dress will launch in April 2019. How did this tradition emerge from a story, a dream, and the worst pandemic that the modern world has seen?
This year marks 50 years since protests from black student activists led to the formation of the African American and African Studies (AAAS) department. John Wright, professor of AAAS, was involved with the protests when he was a student. Wright speaks with MPR about the significance of the protests and the importance of the department.
“We tend to forget how central employment is to our lives. It doesn’t just shape who we are at work; it shapes who we are outside of work,” says Professor William Jones about his research on public sector employment. The relationship between employment and inequality is one that has persisted through history.
A new Clay County Jail opened this fall and they've incorporated a mental health wing. Michael Walker, assistant professor of sociology, talks with MPR News about the challenge of treating people who are incarcerated in Minnesota and nationally.
Economics professor Tim Kehoe speaks with Dialogue Minnesota about trade and tariffs, their potential impact on Minnesota's farmers and big box retailers, and the overall state of the nation's economy.
Minnesota is facing a shortage of teachers of color as the student population continues to get more diverse. Keith Mayes, professor of African American and African Studies, talks with MPR News about why diversity in teachers matters, and what can be done about it in Minnesota.
Jack DeWaard, assistant professor of sociology, authors this piece about US immigration policy. DeWaard states, "...immigrants are people - often facing incredible hardships - weeking to do the best for themselves, their children, and their families..."
“When you're teaching the Middle Ages you have to account for religion in order to understand what’s happening; the majority of the artwork that's produced in the Middle Ages is religious in nature.” Jennifer Awes-Freeman, visiting assistant professor of medieval studies, shares about her approach to teaching and experience at the U.
Alumna Emily Rohan began her year-long advanced-level internship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum this past September. She reflects on her undergraduate experience at the University and her internship at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which set her on the path to becoming a museum curator.
Music journalist turned PhD student Matthew Tchepikova-Treon is particularly fascinated by how disenfranchised artists, laborers, and communities began participating in cultural production through exploitation cinema—something that was mostly unavailable to them prior to the 1970s. These “trash films” aren’t just a simple form of cheap entertainment.
Associate professor and multimedia artist Chris Larson tackles themes of history, location, and time, traveling all across the country. Now, as a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, he spends a lot of his time in a basement in Tennessee. His advice: focus on the process and never turn down a show.
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.
ALL’s Hmong program piloted the first-ever language and culture immersion learning abroad trip in summer 2018. With a focus on community and connection, 14 students discovered Hmong roots in the heart of Kunming, China.
“I think any department that should survive needs to evolve because the world doesn’t stand still,” says Regents Professor Emeritus Richard Leppert. Leppert discusses the evolution of the CSCL department over time and his love for teaching.