How can a country’s culture and migration regulations affect an immigrant’s ability to adjust? Professor Cawo Abdi studies the diaspora of Somali people and how they’ve adjusted to their new homelands. She finds that while Somali refugees remain hopeful that they will find a sense of belonging, they face unexpected challenges when adjusting to life in a new country.
Hoping to better understand the political motivations of every American, Howard Lavine, professor of political science and psychology, and Barbara Frey, director of CLA's Human Rights Program, are assisting with research on current human rights opinions of the U.S. population.
Rebecca Lulai’s role in community outreach began when she arrived at the U of M in 2006. Most notably, Lulai oversees the ALS Speech Bank, a unique program receiving national attention for its work with patients who will eventually lose their voice to the disease. Learn how Lulai helps ALS patients preserve part of their identity.
What happens when environmental groups and resource dependent workers come into conflict? Graduate student Erik Kojola has been researching tensions in the northern Minnesota Iron Range over proposed copper-nickel mines. He has found that both culture and identity play a large role in these conflicts.
Maggie Hennefeld, assistant professor of cultural studies and comparative literature, introduces a selection of early silent films produced and directed by women that have "probably never been exhibited in the big screen in the U.S. before -- or at least not for 100 years."
Joaquin Garcia-Cabo came to the US with a prestigious master’s degree and an interest in macro and labor economics. As he completes his PhD program, his job market paper introduces a new model to understand the effects of firing costs on human capital accumulation, job cyclicality, and the persistence of job loss for Spanish workers. His research can be used to analyze the costs and benefits of future policies.
Keith Mayes, associate professor in African American & African Studies, and Benjamin Munson, a professor in Speech, Language, & Hearing, provide insight on African American Vernacular English, or AAVE. The style formally known as Ebonics is the distinctive dialect historically spoken by African Americans.
CLA sophomore Robyn Thompson leads the project Depósito de Confianza, which took gold in the Acara Challenge's undergraduate division. The project aims to increase income security for rural farmers in Nicaragua by offering community-based silos.
Jessica Finlay, an interdisciplinary doctoral fellow in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society, conducted a study interviewing older Minnesotans about the effects of white space on their physical and psychological health.
At the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences' Voice Banking initiative, speech pathologists are recording the voices of those with ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases, and turning those recordings into customized text-to-speech programs.
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.