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Friday, March 27, 2015

Summer Dissertation Writing Funds requests due by 12:00pm NOON on April 20, 2015

Summer Dissertation Writing Funds are awarded only once in your PhD
career. The current award is an amount of up to $4,000. Criteria for
requesting available funds are that the student must be ABD, be
actively writing their dissertations, and not have received the funds

The request should include:

1) Your name, student ID, Dissertation Title and a statement that you
have not received these funds previously.

2) A description (1 page) of your dissertation if you do not have a
Graduate School approved thesis proposal on file.

3) A description detailing what you will undertake over the summer (up
to 1 page). Be as specific as possible about the use of archives,
libraries, interviews, writing schedule, etc.

4) A letter from your adviser confirming that you have completed
enough research to be actively writing substantive portions of the

Submit your request to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by the 12:00pm NOON
on April 20, 2015 deadline. You may expect a response to your request
by early May.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dialogue with the Dean

THE UNIVERSITY is hosting a dialogue with the Dean on Monday, March 30th, from 11:30-1:00p, in 140 Nolte Center. Graduate students are invited to share their experiences and with Henning Schroeder over lunch. The first half hour will be devoted to a networking lunch among graduate students, followed by an hour-long conversation with Henning Schroeder. Click here for more information and to register.

MPC Diversity Fellowship

THE MINNESOTA POPULATION CENTER is recruiting students for the MPC Diversity Fellowship. Through this fellowship, students will gain a professional mentor, while learning side by side.with another student on quantitative data analysis skills. Graduate students receive $20 per hour pay and undergraduates receive $10. The application deadline is March 31st, 2015. Click Diversity Fellowship Short Flyer Summer 15.pdffor more information.

American Indian Studies Lecture, Vicente Diaz

THE DEPARTMENT of AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES is hosting a lecture by Professor Vicente M. Diaz. Professor Diaz will present "Native Canoes and the Politics/Poetics of Indigenous Cultural Revitalization and Discursive Flourish" on Monday, March 30th from 3:30-5:00 in the Crosby Seminar Room in Northrop. Click Diaz Talk.pdf for more information.

Aaron Eddens Awarded Global Food Security Fellowship

AMERICAN STUDIES Ph.D. Candidate Aaron Eddens was awarded the Global Food Security Fellowship with The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) for the academic year 2015-2016 to support research on his dissertation project, "'Climate Smart' Seeds: Science, Property, and the Changing Landscape of International Agriculture".

UMN AMST Student Group Panel & Discussion

THE UMN AMERICAN STUDIES STUDENT ASSOCIATION and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association are co-hosting a Post 9/11 panel and discussion on Friday, March 27th at 3:00 pm in 1-106 Hanson Hall (West Bank). The event will focus on the social, political, and cultural climate of the US post-9/11, as well as explore narratives about and portrayals of Muslim Americans that have been (re)produced and circulated after 9/11. Both AMST Professor Elliott Powell and graduate student Waleed Mahdi will be participating in this event! For more info please contact Laura Garvey at garve058@umn.edu.

Legal History Workshop, "'A Constitutional Right Rendered Utterly Meaningless': Religious Exemptions and Reproductive Politices, 1973-2014"

THE LAW SCHOOL is hosting their Legal History Workshop on "'A Constitutional Right Rendered Utterly Meaningless': Religious Exemptions and Reproductive Politices, 1973-2014" with speaker Professor Linda Kerber on Friday, March 27th from 10:10-12:10pm in Mondale Hall Room 473. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster And African American Experiences"

THE INSTITUTE for ADVANCED STUDY presents "Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster and African American Experiences" on Tuesday, March 31st at 4:00pm in 1210 Heller Hall. The panel will feature American Studies faculty member Elliott Powell and affiliate faculty member David Pellow. Click here for more details on the other panelists and the talk.

"The Culture Wars: Then and Now" Symposium

"THE CULTURE WARS: THEN & NOW" will be taking place Thursday, March 26th - Saturday, March 28th. University Departments, the Walker Art Center, and Patrick's Cabaret present a weekend of events dealing with Ron Athey's 1994 performance at Patrick's Cabaret, art, and censorship. See the below for full details

Brenda Child at the Loft Literary Center

THE LOFT LITERARY CENTER will be hosting Minnesota Book Awards: Meet the Finalists on Friday, March 20th at 6:30 at the Loft. The event will feature the authors nominated for Minnesota Book Awards including American Studies faculty member Brenda Child, for her book My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation. Click here for more information.

David Noble Lecture feat. Louise Erdrich

THE 21st ANNUAL DAVID NOBLE LECTURE will be held on Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00pm in the Cowles Auditorium in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center. Louise Erdrich, who will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, will be presenting this year's lecture. Click here to see the event page, with more details to follow.

Robert Warrior Talk

AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES is hosting a talk by Robert Warrior on Wednesday, March 25th from 2:30 - 4:00pm in the Lindahl Founders Room in Northrop Auditorium. His talk is titled "Indian (Art) Hating: Vandalism Beyond the Chief." Warrior Talk flier.pdf

Doctoral Research Showcase on April 7, 2015, Noon - 2 p.m

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL presents the Doctoral Research Showcase.
Eighty-five recipients of prestigious doctoral fellowships will
present their work in a casual and conversational environment. Our
doctoral students fuel the engine of research and discovery - they are
the creators of new knowledge and the next generation of innovators.
You'll have the chance to interact with them one-on-one and learn how
their work benefits students, scholars, and communities across the
state, the nation, and the world.

Presentations will encompass a wide-range of topics and disciplines,
from increasing self-control skills in preschool children to
disability and living arrangements in later life; from the causes and
consequences of hospital financial performance to the relationship
between consumer confidence and fluctuations in business cycles; from
the behavioral responses of moose to climate change in northeast
Minnesota to the environments of hyper-giant stars; from the effects
of green tea extract on biomarkers of breast cancer risk to the impact
of same-sex marriage on LGBT health; from the design of a multi-robot
system to help monitor the location of invasive fish in Minnesota
lakes to the design of a new telescope that sees gravity.

Event details:

• April 7, 2015 from 12-2 pm
• Location: Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union
• No cost; no RSVP required

For more information about the event or to view a list of this year's
participants, please visit: z.umn.edu/drs2015.

Elaine and Lary May teaching Cold War course

PROFESSOR ELAINE TYLER MAY and PROFESSOR EMERITUS LARY MAY are teaching an upcoming noncredit course for the College of Continuing Education. The course is titled "Promise and Peril: The Cold War Era in America" and begins April 13th. Click here for the full course description and to register.

"Out of the Shadows" Law Symposium

THE UofM LAW SCHOOL'S CENTER for NEW AMERICANS and the Immigration History Research Center are hosting a symposium titled "Out of the Shadows: The Future of Immigration Policy for Undocumented Americans" on Tuesday April 14th. Click here for the full schedule.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference CFP

THE CULTURAL STUDIES STUDENT ORGANIZING COMMITTEE at George Mason University invites paper proposals for their Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Possible themes for submission include: Gender & Sexuality, Mass & Pop Culture, Race & Ethnicity among others. Click here for more information.

CANCELLED - American Studies PhD Students to Give "Teaching Practicum" Seminar

The following event has been cancelled, we apologize for any inconvenience.

FOUR AMERICAN STUDIES PHD STUDENTS in Professor Kale B. Fajardo's graduate "Teaching Practicum" seminar are facilitating a 1-hour conversation/workshop entitled "Decolonizing Education and the University" on Monday, March 23rd from 2:30-3:30pm in Nicholson Hall 110. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.

Legal History Workshop, "Three Americans and the Shaping of the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Stateless"

THE LAW SCHOOL is hosting their Legal History Workshop on "Three Americans and the Shaping of the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Stateless" with speaker Professor Linda Kerber on Friday, March 13th from 10:10-12:10pm in Mondale Hall Room 473. Click here for more information.

French & Italian Studies Graduate Student Conference, "Radicalisms: Movements & Moments"

THE DEPARTMENT OF FRENCH & ITALIAN STUDIES is hosting a graduate student conference with theme "Radicalisms: Movements & Moments" at Northwestern University on May 29th, 2015. Possible presentation topics can be from any field so long as they deal with radicalisms. Abstracts are due March 27th. Click 5.29.15 Radicalism Flyer.pdf for more information.

Graduate Students Planning Travel

University policy states that you must obtain approval before traveling to countries under U.S. Department of State's travel warning 6-8 weeks prior to departure and that you must register travel through the International Travel Registry for Students. For more information and details, click here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Josie Fowler Peace and Justice Prize Applications due April 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. NOON.

Josephine Fowler, known as Josie to her friends, died of breast cancer
in 2006, just three years after completing her Ph.D. in American
studies. Her life spanned just 49 years, but was by any measure
remarkably rich, impassioned, and accomplished. In tribute to Josie's
amazing spirit, friends and colleagues have established a fund to
provide an annual $250 award for the purchase of books to a U of M
American studies graduate student doing research in the areas Josie
valued and changed with her life and labor--work that documents and
fights for positive change in the world. The prize, established in
Fall 2007, is intended to facilitate the purchase of books helpful to
the recipient's dissertation. Through this prize Josie will continue
to serve as a model of how to meld committed activism and principled

Eligible applicants are students in good standing pursuing a Ph.D. in
American Studies whose research is in the areas of: labor history,
Asian immigration, the history of the American Left, the pursuit of
peace, or other topics that are related to work on social justice and
change. Along with $250.00 to cover the cost of books, the recipient
will also receive a copy of Josie's book, Japanese & Chinese Immigrant
Activists: Organizing in American & International Communist Movements,
1919 - 1933.

Applicants will be notified of results in late April.

Funds will be awarded to the graduate student who best does the following:

1) Demonstrates how their dissertation contributes to the study of
peace and justice
2) Explains how the books purchased with this grant will aid their dissertation.

How to Apply:
In a 1 page essay, describe your dissertation topic and its
relationship to the areas listed above. Please list what books you
want to buy and how they will aid your dissertation research.

Submit your application to Melanie at stein196@umn.edu by the April 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. NOON deadline.

Audrey Christensen Award Applications due April 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. NOON.

The American Studies department announces the Audrey Christensen
Award. Up to two recipients will be awarded $500.00 each for the
purchase of books for use in research and study. All students in good
standing pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies may apply. American
Studies was given a small endowed fund to allow graduate students to
create a library for their research and study.

NOTE: The conditions of the award require that funds be used only for
books and no other media. In addition, given the nature of the award,
the cost of the books can only be reimbursed. We are unable to
provide an outright grant of funds. This is an award for fiscal year
2015; all funds must be expended between July 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016
and any unused monies will remain in the department. If you receive
the award, you will be expected to report on the books you purchase
with the donor.

Applicants will be notified of results in late April.

Funds will be awarded to the graduate student who best does the following:

1) Clearly describe the connection between books requested and their research
2) Explain how receipt of this grant will aid their education.

How to Apply:
In a 1 page essay, describe what books you want to buy and how they
will aid your education and dissertation research.

Submit your application to Melanie at stein196@umn.edu by the April 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. NOON deadline.

Music and Sound Studies Grad Student Colloqium

MUSIC AND SOUND STUDIES, an interdisciplinary graduate student group, is seeking papers for a graduate student colloquium, held the evening of April 24, 2015. Any research dealing with sound phenomena as well as creative projects will be considered. The deadline to submit an abatract and a tile is March 31st to Solveig Mebust at mebu0002@umn.edu.

US Department of Education Doctoral Research Fellowship

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION is announcing fellowship opportunities for doctora research abroad. The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (DDRA) funds students in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. The application Deadline is April 28th, 2015. Click here for more information.

CLA Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Fellowship Applications due March 26, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. NOON

The CLA Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) encourages graduate students enrolled in graduate programs housed within the college to partner with a College of Liberal Arts (CLA) faculty project advisor on projects of shared interest. The program provides GRPP Fellows with a summer research stipend of $4000 for summer 2015.

The competition is open to graduate students in CLA. Students are ineligible if they have incompletes in official program coursework from a prior term on their transcript. Previous recipients of this award are also not eligible to apply a second time. As a condition of the award, CLA GRPP Fellows may not hold summer appointments in excess of .25 FTE. Students receiving other University of Minnesota fellowships, including department fellowships, during the period are ineligible for the CLA GRPP Fellowship. Students may hold external fellowships if the request is approved by their department's CLA GRPP selection committee. Students may not register for courses, except during May term, while they hold a CLA GRPP Fellowship.

Application procedure:

-Applications must be submitted by a graduate student currently enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts with the endorsement of a tenured or tenure-track CLA faculty member.
-A graduate student may not participate in more than one application for each round of funding.
-The application materials should include the application form (see attached), the project proposal, a budget proposal (see attached), a two-page curriculum vitae, and a U of M graduate transcript (unofficial).

Selection criteria:

-The quality and significance of the scholarship or creative work proposed
-Value of the experience to the graduate student's academic development
-The value of the fellowship for the scholarly/creative achievement of the project
-Evidence that the student is making timely progress toward degree

Submit your application materials (including application form signed by you & your faculty project adviser) to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by March 26, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. NOON.


Attachment: American Studies Department GRPP 2015 Application and Budget Proposal American Studies GRPP 2015 Application & Budget Proposal form(1).doc

2015 Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship Deadline Approaching

GRADUATE STUDENTS: The deadline for the 2015 Hella Mears Graduate Fellowships offered by the Center for German and European Studies is approaching on March 16th, 2015. The fellowship provides summer support in the amount of $5,000 (to full-time graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts who specialize in German & European Studies. For more information, click here.

Penn Program DCC One year Post Doc Fellowship

The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism (DCC) invites applications for a one-year DCC Postdoctoral Fellow in any discipline whose research is pertinent to theme "Digital Media and the Future(s) of Democracy." The stipend is $53,800. The application deadline is March 15th, 2015. Click here for more information.

GLBTA Programs Office Dissertation Fellowship in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies

The GLBTA Programs Office and the Steven J. Schochet Endowment Advisory Board are pleased to announce the creation of a new dissertation fellowship in Queer, Trans, And Sexuality Studies.

About the Fellowship:

The Schochet Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellowship in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies provides $9,000 plus fringe for one semester per academic year to a graduate student who is pursuing research in the areas of queer, trans, and sexuality studies. This fellowship is for ABD students and is considered a dissertation fellowship.

DEADLINE for application submissions is March 15th, 2015. Click here for application.

Extended Deadline for Spring Grad Commencement Participation: Friday, March 6

The deadline to register for Spring Grad Commencement Participation has been extended to Friday, March 6.
The joint commencement ceremony for Graduate Students of the U of M's College of Science and Engineering, College of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and Medical School basic science programs will be held Friday, May 1, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at Mariucci Arena.

To register, please go to https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/ase-commencement/students/registration

AWomansParis.com Internships

Now in our fifth year, a commitment to publishing compelling interviews and stories for our readers continues at AWomansParis.com. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities former student interns include: Ichigo Takikawa Takikawa, Alyssa Noel, Michelle Hum, Elyse Rozina, Allison Haberstroh, Andrea Johnson, and Kaitlyn Hillard.

Internship openings: Media Manager Wordpress, Analytics Manager, Social Media Manager, Copy Editor, Publishing Editor, Art Director, and Illustrator. For job descriptions, contact: Barbara Redmond at barbara@awomansparis.com

AWomansParis.com is an online publication of articles on popular culture in France. It is published weekly and is free to subscribers who have access to the full current issue online. Our readers are affluent, educated, between the ages of 25-65, whose interests include: travel and culture. With more than 5,000 monthly visitors, A Woman's Paris has active social media communities with followers worldwide. The average amount of time someone spends in a single session is 01:25 hours; the average number of pages viewed in a single session is four. (Google Analytics®)

Job Announcements: WORDPRESS INTERNSHIPS - Wordpress - A Woman's Paris - Feb-Mar 2015.doc, SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIPS - A Woman's Paris - Feb-Mar 2015.doc, PUBLISHING INTERNSHIPS - A Woman's Paris - Feb-Mar 2015.doc, ILLUSTRATION INTERNSHIPS - A Woman's Paris - Feb-Mar 2015.doc, EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS - Copy Editor - A Woman's Paris - Feb-Mar 2015.doc
ART DIRECTOR INTERNSHIPS - A Woman's Paris - Feb-Mar 2015.doc, ANALYTICS INTERNSHIPS - A Woman's Paris - Feb-Mar 2015.doc

Summer Internships wirh Keith Ellison's Congressional Office

CONGRESSMAN KEITH ELLISON is offering internshps with his office for Summer 2015.Interns are asked to work at least 15 hours per week, and are partnered with supervisors in their areas of interest. This position is unpaid. Click Internship Posting, Summer 2015.pdf for more information.

Book orders for Fall 2015 courses DUE Wednesday, March 25.

Book orders for Fall 2015 courses are due to Melanie
(stein196@umn.edu) by Wednesday, March 25. Order form attached.
Please read through for guidelines that help with order accuracy and
obtaining desk copies.

Notes from staff:
-NOT ordering books? Using packets instead? Be sure to inform Melanie
either way.

-ISBN: Important! Include the ISBN to avoid receiving incorrect editions.

-DESK COPIES: Please only request desk copies of titles which you've
not previously received. If you've previously received a personal
desk copy of the same edition, one will not be requested for you
again. All TA's will have desk copies requested for them. Note that
publisher requests take weeks so timely submission of orders is very
helpful to you & your TA's. NOTE: Desk copies cannot be guaranteed
for faculty & instructors if the deadline for book orders is not met.

Bookstore guidelines:
-Submitting book orders early gives the Bookstore the opportunity to
pay students the best price for their books during buy-back.

-If you delete or change books after they have shipped from the
publisher, your research account will be charged for return fees.

-If you will be using a book in the future, please indicate when that
will be. This helps students save money by allowing the Bookstore to
plan their used copy purchases.

IMPORTANT: do not use old versions of order forms. Please use this order form:
Book order form BLANK.xlsx

ICGC Community Forum, "A New Stage in Cuban- U.S. Relations: Prospects and Challenges"

THE ICGC is hosting a community forum centered around the theme " A New Stage in Cuban- U.S. Relations: Prospects and Challenges" on Wednesday, March 4th from 4:00-6:00pm in 180 Humphrey building. Click here for more information.

Department of GWSS Colloquim Series "Making a Fuss: A Conversation about Feminists in the Academy"

THE DEPARTMENT OF GWSS is hosting a colloquium series centered around the theme "Making a Fuss: A Conversation about Feminists in the Academy" with Belgian feminist philosophers Isabelle Stengers and Vinciane Despret on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 from 12-1:00 pm in the Weisman Museum.

Winton Scholars Event and GWSS colloquium series
Making a Fuss: A Conversation about Feminists in the Academy
with Isabelle Stengers, Vinciane Despret, April Knutson, & Amy Kaminsky
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 from 12-1:00 pm in the Weisman Museum
Isabelle Stengers and Vinciane Despret, Belgian feminist philosphers, will be visiting Winton scholars at the University of Minnesota the week of April 6th. On Thursday, April 9, GWSS will be hosting a lunch discussion with them at the Weisman Museum.
In preparation for this discussion, April Knutson, a former lecturer in the department, would like to facilitate a reading group that would meet once or twice to discuss the book, which examines the role of women in academia prior to the luncheon.
Professors Stengers and Despret are not interested in lecturing to students during their visit. They want to have dialogue/discussion with students. So it would be great if we could be prepared to fully participate in a discussion with these visiting feminist scholars.
If are a graduate student and would be interested in joining a reading group, please contact April Knutson at knuts001@umn.edu
Book: Stengers, Isabelle and Vinciane Despret and collective, Women Who Make a Fuss: The Unfaithful Daughters of Virginia Woolf, translated by April Knutson, Minneapolis: Univocal, 2014. (The book is published locally by Univocal, a small press dedicated to translating French philosophical works. Univocal has one chapter of the book online, http://www.univocalpublishing.com/blog/not-in-our-name, and they are offering a 40% discount on the book until Stengers and Despret arrive on campus--http://www.univocalpublishing.com/univocal-publishing/spring-2014/women-who-make-a-fuss)
Summary: Isabelle Stengers and Vinciane Despret, Belgian feminist philosophers, read Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas and take seriously her exhortation to women to think carefully before joining the academic procession of educated men who had for so long banned women from university careers. Woolf also warned women about being co-opted into protecting and promoting a "civilization" with values alien to their lives and dreams. Stengers and Despret's book starts with a summary of Woolf's arguments, then examines the current situation on campuses with regard to the status of women and immigrant students.
Stengers and Despret review the abusive treatment of women scholars by academia, particularly by scientists. They recount the dismissal of the important research conducted by Barbara McClintock and Shirley Strum. Adrienne Zihlman's ground-breaking research, putting the woman-gatherer on center stage in the development of human society, was reviled as a "pollution of science." As philosophers, Stengers and Despret have had to contend with misogynist readings of Leibnitz and to defend their research topics from the charge that they are not "philosophy."
In Part Two of this book, Stengers and Despret reproduce a letter, which they sent to women academics in Belgium and France, asking them to ponder Woolf's warning to women and consider "what we have learned, we who have in fact joined the ranks of 'educated men'." Many women responded and then met in Paris to further discuss their experiences in academia. The stories of a number of these women are recounted, including Françoise Sironi, psychologist; Marcelle Stroobants, sociologist; Laurence Bouquiaux, mathematician and philosopher; Françoise Balibar, physicist and historian of science; Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, historian of science and technology; Barbara Cassin, philosopher and philologist; Benedikte Zitouni, urban sociologist; and Émilie Hache, philosopher. This collective of women in academia continue to fight for full acceptance of their work and their presence in universities. They join Stengers and Despret in urging women to heed Woolf's cry--Think We Must--and to continue to make a fuss when faced with injustice, cruelty, and arrogance.

Department of American Indian Studies Lecture

THE DEPARTMENT of AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES is hosting a lecture by the author of the award-winning book The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism Associate Professor Jodi Byrd. Professor Byrd will present "Beast of America: Sovereignty and the Anarcy of Objects" on Wedneday, March 11th from3:30-5:00pm in 125 Nolte. Click here for more information.