The College of Liberal Arts gathered as a community to honor the creative, scholarly, and instructional work of our outstanding and internationally renowned faculty at Faculty Excellence held on Tuesday, April 17 in the Best Buy Theater at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. This annual event is held to celebrate faculty retiring from the College of Liberal Arts.
How is homophobia measured in Haiti? Cultural anthropology assistant professor Erin Durban-Albrecht has spent a decade studying LGBTQ rights in the Caribbean nation and found that there is still progress to be made.
“Traditional medicine is not just something from the past,” says cultural anthropology student Wei Ye. “It’s constantly evolving and changing.” Ye has been exploring how traditional Chinese medicine changes when it’s placed in Kenyan culture.
Professor David Chang challenges persistent narratives about Hawaii’s past. “For too long, history has been written as if Hawaiians were passive observers of their own history, isolated from and uninterested in the outside world,” he says. In his new book, Chang aims to update our perspective on Hawaii’s past by presenting it through the eyes of the people who lived through it.
Seniors Sabrina Li and Ryan Lerch participated on an analytics team for the College of Liberal Arts’ First-Year Experience, looking at how a first-year student’s demographic background affects their sense of belonging.
Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias and José Aguirre co-chaired a conference that bridged the gap between Spanish and Lusophone disciplines and provided new approaches as how to best address different kinds of emptiness in research. Read more about how the Graduate Student Conference filled voids in research.
By redirecting floods on the Mississippi river in the North, we are accelerating the water downstream and increasing the threat of flooding in the South. Scott St. George, associate professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, writes.
Due to rising sea levels, the Pacific Islands are struggling with cultural loss as Natives are forced to relocate. To counteract the potential loss of water practices in Pacific Islander cultures, Professor Vince Diaz is working on three major canoe projects that will work in tandem to maintain and adapt their ancient traditions.
“You never know when the phone rings what you might be up to do,” says Director of the Center For Applied and Translational Sensory Sciences Peggy Nelson. What began as wind turbine research for humans took a turn when Nelson was asked to test some other subjects--ones with feathers.
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.