Philosophy Professor Jessica Gordon-Roth analyzes the work of 17th century philosopher Anne Finch Conway, overlooked in part because of her gender. How does her perspective differ from other major thinkers of the time period, like Hobbes and Descartes?
What makes a winning smile? This question is of interest to social psychologists, facial reconstruction surgeons, computer scientists, everyday people, and even late-night talk-show hosts. A team of University of Minnesota researchers took to the Minnesota State Fair to find out. The findings are worth smiling about.
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.
Associate professor Joshua Page seeks to understand the complex factors obstructing changes in the criminal justice system. “Understanding is the first step towards generating a will to change,” says Page.
From the beginning of his academic career, economics senior Kazimier Smith has been able to dig in to research. “I think a lot of times research ideas come from places you wouldn’t think they come from,” he says.
Difficulties in language development can cause children to fall behind academically and socially. Through her research with early language intervention and children with neurodevelopmental disorders, Dr. Liza Finestack is working to improve clinical practices and keep children from this population on track.
The US court system may not seem like a place that could shape how those practice their religion—but assistant professor Aisha Ghani’s research has found that the way Islam is brought into court can affect Muslim practices in America.
After the far-right government executed more than 3,000 young civilians, many Colombian mothers have become dedicated social activists. As part of the Grand Challenges and CLA’s First-Year Research & Creative Scholars Program, a trio of undergraduate students traveled to Soacha, Colombia to interview some of these women. Olivia Nortwen, Sydney Provinzino, and Kylie Sievers explore how mothers are transforming the Colombian social landscape. Their research received the award for “Best Scholarly Presentation” at the 2018 Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference.
A number of University of Minnesota faculty are among the most influential researchers across the globe, according to a newly released list. These researchers include two of CLA's faculty: Professor Robert Krueger from the Department of Psychology and Professor Hui Zou from the School of Statistics.
“Even though I’m not using my degree in the way I imagined I would, I wouldn’t have gotten my job had I not had it.” 2018 SLHS graduate Payton Counts is pursuing a career path different than many in her field. Through the help of her education in CLA and the faculty behind her, she is able to do meaningful work in suicide prevention for native youth in the Twin Cities.
Two graduate students from the Heritage Studies and Public History program, Denise Pike and Kacie Lucchini Butcher, expose the history of racism in housing in Minneapolis through an interactive exhibit on display now at the Hennepin History Museum.
Samantha Thi Porter, digital preservation specialist in CLA, and Colin McFadden, technology architect in Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS), teamed up to create an interactive mystery game within the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Through virtual reality technology, museum guests of all ages can discover clues using a downloadable app.
Two graduate students from the Heritage Studies and Public History program, Denise Pike and Kacie Lucchini Butcher, have curated an art exhibit that reveals the history of racial segregation in Minneapolis.
Civilizations before the advent of specialized academic knowledge and modern public museums often presented their accumulated learning through copious collections that amassed singular meaningful specimens in a display that mirrored in microcosm the complex reality of the universe.