Despite the cold weather, Minnesota gave its visitors a warm welcome for the Super Bowl. Lena Norrman, a senior lecturer in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, explains why she believes 'Minnesota nice' originated from Scandinavian immigrants.
Justice is a fundamental human right. U of M political scientists Lisa Hilbink, Bridget Marchesi, Valentina Salas, and political science undergraduate Monica Delgado are working in Chile and Colombia to examine whether, when, and how their citizens would turn to their judicial systems to seek legal remedies for human rights violations.
When world leaders are forming a national security policy, they may create a narrative—a story—that they use to form their policy. But where do these stories come from, what makes them dominate, and when do they stop dominating? Professor Ron Krebs has been examining the power of political rhetoric.
Assistant Professor Hassan Abdel Salam explores the relationship between Islamic law and how it interacts with human rights in his research for the Institute of Global Studies. Abdel Salam hopes to discover how Islamic clerics conceptualize human rights, how everyday Muslims express their devotion, and how Islamophobia is produced in the United States and the world as a whole.
Oil is an everyday reality for our society. It is not only used in our cars, but in plastic, synthetic, and chemical products, from everyday household items to the roads we drive on. Another reality is that oil causes violence. PhD candidate Christian D. Angelich uses his commercial airline pilot experience to fuel his research about the environmental and social violence caused by oil consumption.
The newest addition to the University of Minnesota Department of German Scandinavian and Dutch, Prof. Benjamin Bigelow, shares his insights on the influence of Scandinavian visual arts as well as the connections between Minnesota and Scandinavian culture.
Associate Professor Travis Workman is known for his research on the Cold War with a focus on Korean film. He answers some questions about his research, his teaching, and what it’s like to be a scholar interested in North Korean topics.
Ning Ma is ALL’s newest faculty member. Her unique educational background and research activities make her a brilliant addition to the department. “I’m really excited by the expansiveness of her research,” says department chair Christine Marran. “Her discussion of economic globalization in a comparative literary context in her book The Age of Silver drew us to her work.”
Isaac Asimov said, “Writing is a lonely job.” Other writers like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings say that writing is “agony.” Jason Tham, a graduate instructor and PhD candidate in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication, and Joe Moses, a senior lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies, are looking at ways to make team-based writing faster, more efficient, and, well, “Agile.”
Iranian-born artist Katayoun Amjadi took her questions about perception, identity, and transition abroad to explore at the Karlsruhe Academy in Germany, where she began her creative research by asking the question, “What is your name?”
What motivates people to start exercising? How can some people simply walk away from cigarettes, while others struggle? University of Minnesota’s professor Alex Rothman applies an experimental medicine approach to identify strategies to impact health-related behaviors.
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.
“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.