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.
Assistant Professor Michael Lechuga’s research focuses on the role that technology plays in border security mechanisms and the ways migrants are depicted as “alien” in popular culture. He just recently joined the department.
Sandra Rellier and Ana Claudia Dos Santos São Bernardo are both recipients of the doctoral dissertation fellowship (DDF). With personal connections to and passion for their work, six years of graduate school have prepared them for a professional life in the world of academia.
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?
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.
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.
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.
“When you are teaching literature, there is no set of truths that everybody adheres to,” says Assistant Professor Christian Uwe. He was born in Rwanda, studied in France, and now made his way to Minnesota. See how his background has influenced his field of study: sub-Saharan and Caribbean Francophone literatures.
2018 graduate Gino Polverari sheds light on Italian colonization and its influence in Africa. “Sometimes we don’t understand other people’s behavior, but if we knew someone’s whole history, we would understand.”
Did you know there are 87 museums and archives across the US that house Mexican American art? Department Chair Karen Mary Davalos didn’t know that either, but her research is working to create a portal that will make Mexican American art more accessible for everyone.
Often in language we are faced with cases of indeterminacy: how many miles per hour is “fast”? How many feet, from head to toe, is “tall”? How much money does it take to be “wealthy”? Professor David Taylor asserts that there’s something philosophically significant going on here, and it's about much more than just our language.
The Quran has captivated new Assistant Professor Mohsen Goudarzi’s interests since an early age. Today, he explains how rethinking fundamental aspects of this text can lead to a new understanding of Islam’s beginnings.
Scientific fields such as chemistry, psychology, anthropology, and biology are deeply interwoven in countless complex ways. Philosophy professor Bennett McNulty looks at these disciplines through the lens of Immanuel Kant’s writings to better understand how these “inexact sciences” relate to each other and to our investigation of the empirical world.
Our voices are a crucial piece of our identity. When your voice and identity don’t match, it’s difficult to express yourself with confidence. Marilyn Fairchild and Dr. Sheri Stronach work with transgender clients to cultivate a voice that enables them to fully express their identity.
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.
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.