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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Family Unity in U.S. Immigration Policy, 1921-1976" by Yuki Oda, Andersen Library Research Forum July 7th

The Andersen Library Research Forum presents a talk by Clark Chambers Travel Fellowship recipient, Yuki Oda, "Family Unity in U.S. Immigration Policy, 1921-1976", on Thursday, July 7th in room 120B Elmer L Andersen Library from 12pm to 1pm. Yuki Oda's research examines the development of the right to family unity in U.S. immigration and deportation policy.

Andersen Library Research Forum
Clark Chambers Travel Fellowship recipient,Yuki Oda
"Family Unity in U.S. Immigration Policy,1921-1976,"
July 7, 2011 12:00-1:00 PM
Room 120B, Elmer L Andersen Library

Archives and Special Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries
The Andersen Library Research Forum highlights current research in Archives and Special Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries.
Yuki Oda, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University, will present research in progress on his dissertation titled"Family Unity in U.S. Immigration Policy, 1921-1976," which examines the development of the right to family unity in U.S. immigration and deportation policy. He is studying the papers of the American Immigration and Citizenship Conference at the Social Welfare History Archives, and will discuss how its predecessors sought to reform deportation laws in the late 1930s in order to prevent separation of mixed-status families.
Before joining Columbia University, Yuki studied at the University of Tokyo and at the University of California, Berkeley. His previous research topics include "Mexican Immigration and Border Control under the Immigration Act of 1924," published in the Journal of Pacific and American Studies in 2006.
Event Flyer: Yuki Oda.pdf

Monteyne's Fallout Shelter

David Monteyne, PhD '05 published his book Fallout Shelter: Designing for Civil Defense in the Cold War (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

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Fallout Shelter: Designing for Civil Defense in the Cold War by David Monteyne
Tracing the partnership between architects and American civil defense officials during the Cold War
In 1961, reacting to U.S. government plans to survey, design, and build fallout shelters, the president of the American Institute of Architects, Philip Will, told the organization's members that "all practicing architects should prepare themselves to render this vital service to the nation and to their clients." In an era of nuclear weapons, he argued, architectural expertise could "preserve us from decimation."
In Fallout Shelter, David Monteyne traces the partnership that developed between architects and civil defense authorities during the 1950s and 1960s. Officials in the federal government tasked with protecting American citizens and communities in the event of a nuclear attack relied on architects and urban planners to demonstrate the importance and efficacy of both purpose-built and ad hoc fallout shelters. For architects who participated in this federal effort, their involvement in the national security apparatus granted them expert status in the Cold War. Neither the civil defense bureaucracy nor the architectural profession was monolithic, however, and Monteyne shows that architecture for civil defense was a contested and often inconsistent project, reflecting specific assumptions about race, gender, class, and power.
Despite official rhetoric, civil defense planning in the United States was, ultimately, a failure due to a lack of federal funding, contradictions and ambiguities in fallout shelter design, and growing resistance to its political and cultural implications. Yet the partnership between architecture and civil defense, Monteyne argues, helped guide professional design practice and influenced the perception and use of urban and suburban spaces. One result was a much-maligned bunker architecture, which was not so much a particular style as a philosophy of building and urbanism that shifted focus from nuclear annihilation to urban unrest.
David Monteyne is assistant professor of architectural history and theory at the University of Calgary.
352 pages | 129 b&w photos | 11 color images | 7 x 9 | 2011
Architecture, Landscape, and American Culture Series
1. Hypothetical Hiroshimas: City, Suburb, and Shelter in 1950s Civil Defense
2. Surveying the Cold War Landscape: The National Fallout Shelter Program
Fallout Protection
3. Sheltering Communities: City and Social Planning for Civil Defense
4. Design Intellectuals: Professional Architects and Civil Defense
5. Performing Architectural Expertise: Designs for Fallout Shelter
Fallout Shelter Design
6. Cold War Constructions: Fallout Shelter in New Buildings
7. Bunker Architecture for the Cold War: Case Study of Boston City Hall

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Metro State Teaching Positions

Metro State would like to hire one or two part-time instructors - an advanced graduate student or recent doctoral graduate for a temporary position teaching "American Nature Writing" next academic year. The course is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoons this fall and Monday evenings next spring. The course meets once per week for three hours and 20 minutes. Compensation for each course is $4800. Continue reading for a course description and information about applying for the position.

Course Description:
LIT 349 "American Nature Writers" 4 credits
This course familiarizes students with characteristic works of nature writing by U.S. authors. While the course touches on fiction and poetry, emphasis is on major authors, works, and issues in creative nonfiction about the natural world from the beginnings of European settlement to the present. Topics surveyed can include changes over time in American thinking and writing about nature; links between nature, gender, race, and social class; the aesthetics of nature and nature writing; primitivism and the pastoral; nature writing and spirituality; Romanticism, Modernism, and the natural world; anthrocentrism and biocentrism; ecofeminism; ecocriticism; creation of point of view in description and nonfiction narrative; authorial tone and credibility; and the "prophetic tradition" in American nature writing.

If interested in applying for this position please contact:

Bob Gremore
Professor and Chair
Department of Literature and Language
Metropolitan State University
700 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

PCard Receipt Early Deadline Notice

Please submit receipts for all June PCard purchases to Laura by Monday, June 27, 2011. Note: the deadline is earlier than usual because of year-end reconciling, so please be sure to get receipts and coversheets in as soon as possible.

See attachment below for generic coversheet.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fulbright Information Sessions for students

The Graduate School Fellowship Office will be holding three Fulbright Information Sessions for students who are interested in conducting research abroad during the 2012-13 academic year. The UM campus application deadline is Wednesday,September 7, 2011. Continue reading for meeting dates and a link to register.

Excellent opportunities are available to over 155 countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The UM campus application deadline is Wednesday,September 7, 2011.
Meetings are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, June 21, at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 101 Walter Library
Wednesday, June 22, at 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 101 Walter Library
Tuesday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 101 Walter Library
Those who would like to attend should go to http://www.grad.umn.edu/fulbright/ to reserve a place at one of the three meetings.

University of Birmingham Fellowships

The University of Birmingham will be providing 50 fellowships that will be available across the University's disciplines. Fellows will receive start-up, development and mentoring support and their work will be research focused with opportunities to teach, which could lead to full time appointments after the 5 year term. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but the first deadline is 1 September 2011. Continue reading for more information.

University of Birmingham Fellowships
Birmingham Fellowships will be available across the University's disciplines, with priority areas identified on our website.
Fellows will receive start-up, development and mentoring supportand their work will be research focused with opportunities toteach, including PhD supervision. At the end of five years, Fellowswho have excelled will be offered a permanent academic post.
Candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement intheir discipline and an accelerating record of publications ofinternational or world-leading quality. They should be on atrajectory to become research leaders. Candidates who will bring funded external fellowships are particularly welcome and will befast tracked.
Salary will normally be £36,862 to £49,539 (Grade 8), although inexceptional cases appointments may be made at a higher grade. We welcome applications from Clinical Scientists.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but the first deadline for applicants without external funding is 1 September 2011.
For further information and to apply to be a Birmingham Fellow, visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/birminghamfellows ; or for further information, contact us at birminghamfellows@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Academic Year End Reimbursement Requests due June 8th

Any final reimbursement requests for purchases from the 2010-2011 academic year must be submitted to Laura by Wednesday, June 8th.

ENGW 5310: Reading as Writers

EngW 5310 Reading as Writers: First Novels will be taught Fall 2011 by Nuruddin Farah, on Mondays from 3:35-6:05 pm Lind 216. The course will address the issues of writing and publishing a first novel by structuring this course around a series of excellent first novels including classics such as Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, as well as more recent first novels such as Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop, and Kushwant Singh's The Train to Pakistan.

For a permission number, please contact Kathleen Glasgow, Coordinator in the Creative Writing Program kglasgow@umn.edu

Danny LaChance - 2011 University of Minnesota's Best Dissertation Award

Danny LaChance (Ph.D. American Studies, 2011), won the University of Minnesota's 2011 Best Dissertation Award in Arts and Humanities for his dissertation, "Condemned To Be Free: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States, 1945-present." Danny is the 2nd American Studies graduate student to receive the award since it was established in 2002. He joins alumnus Scott Laderman who received the award in 2007. Congratulations, Danny.