CLA Discoveries

CLA faculty and students are constantly creating and discovering.

Photo of Laura Wertheim Joseph and Kristin Makholm

Reconstructing a Museum

After being closed for ten years, Executive Director Kristin Makholm and Curator Laura Wertheim Joseph are leading the Minnesota Museum of American Art into the next decade. “It's really about bringing new voices, telling new stories, bringing out hidden narratives that maybe have been neglected or passed over in the past,” Makholm says.
Aren Aizura poses outdoors for a portrait

Aren Aizura on Mobile Subjects: Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment

“Claiming trans recognition or rights is not enough as long as we don’t look at how transgender identity is made possible through racial and imperial logics,” says Aren Aizura. His new book examines the racial dynamics and economic issues related to gender and gender reassignment. “I argue that trans culture and politics need to take account of its own whiteness and reliance on capitalist circuits.”
Portrait of Ross Etherton

An Unexpected Love

In high school, Ross Etherton had no college aspirations and thought of German as an ugly language. Now, as a professor of German, he incorporates what he learned as a first-generation college student and a graduate student mentor into how he teaches and relates to his students. Reflecting on being a mentor, he says, “some of my biggest joys were watching students move from something that they didn’t like to something they ended up falling in love with.”
Eric Shook and Jesse Bakker look at a large computer screen that is showing cropland highlighted in bright green.

The Edge of Impossibility

Geography assistant professor Eric Shook takes an untraditional approach to geography and explores the world through geospatial computing. His work is leading to better ways of using cropland here in Minnesota and a deeper understanding of how we interact with each other.
Photo of Alysha Alloway standing on a light rail train platform as a train approaches the station

A Better Way to Get There

To Alysha Alloway (master of geographic information science ’19), a map can explore how the homeless interact with transit in the Twin Cities, and how a community can create a transit system that meets the needs of all its citizens. Her project, “A Better Way to Get There,” recently won the “Most Provocative/Transformative” award in the U of M’s annual U-Spatial Mapping Prize contest.

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