Christie Nicoson graduated in 2013 from the University of Minnesota with a global studies major. Since then she has been developing her professional skills and working toward a master’s degree in climate change, peace and conflict while studying at Uppsala University in Sweden.
The Global Studies Student Advisory Board is a student-run community outreach organization that was founded just last year. Kate Denney and Roman Yannish, among several other founders, created this group to provide an opportunity for students who were eager to participate in local activism and to welcome new global studies students to the program.
Senior Alex Werndli recently conducted research in Morocco, where he used his history knowledge and Arabic skills to look at how French colonial agricultural policies affected Moroccan identities and communities.
Racial covenants were hidden in tens of thousands of Minneapolis housing deeds. Graduate student Kevin Ehrman-Solberg is using GIS mapping to shed light on the hidden history and conventional narrative of the city.
Associate Professor Christophe Wall-Romana brings to light improbable connections between race, astronomy, photography, and cinema. He shares his inspirations and motivations for his forthcoming book, which is centered around these connections.
Annika Johnson (BA 2011) studies the interaction between indigenous art and representations of indigenous people. She is the Wyeth Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and is back in Minnesota for a year to finish up her dissertation research.
Philosophy professor Sarah Holtman is finishing up a book on the role of social welfare and the state in the works of Immanuel Kant. Due for publication in the summer of 2018, the book will provide a valuable resource for scholars and laypersons alike.
Why do we memorialize? What is the function of a monument? A new course, A Campus Divided: Contested Histories from the University of Minnesota to Charlottesville, seeks to address questions like these by helping students understand and analyze concepts of memorialization.
“I never thought I’d have the opportunity to travel across the world studying and researching something that I loved,” says Donovan scholarship recipient Ellie Anderson. The scholarship allowed the history major to spend six weeks in Austria, conducting research on women, royal power, and enlightenment in eighteenth-century Vienna.
For spring 2018, a cohort of philosophy undergraduates is reviving Epistemai, a journal that stopped publication about 10 years ago. It’s being modeled on professional peer-reviewed journals and providing students hands-on skills for a brainy discipline.
History doesn't just have to be taught in an academic setting. Professor Ann Waltner takes her classroom to the stage to help teach historical knowledge through the arts by illustrating the power of music and art in telling our collective historical stories.
Alumnus Vlad Dima (PhD 2010) discusses life as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he researches French and francophone cinema and crafts unique courses, such as one that explores the representations of the undead in literature and film. His new book offers the first comprehensive study in English of films by Djibril Diop Mambety, and argues that the Senegalese auteur uses soundscapes to generate alternate narrative planes.
With the help of technology, Italian instructors are able to bring Italy to UMN students through the interactive Tandem Exchange Program. Carlotta Dradi and Kathleen Rider, coordinators for first- and second-year Italian, discuss piloting the program and how it helps students develop language skills and intercultural competence.
As director of the Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications, Associate Professor Singdhansu Chatterjee discusses its goals, future plans, and recent events—including a visit from LinkedIn’s vice president of artificial intelligence, Dr. Deepak Agarwal.