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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Art Institute of Chicago Undergraduate Summer Academy and Curatorial Fellowship Programs

THE ART INSTITUTE of CHICAGO is pleased to announce the 2016 Andrew W. Mellon Summer Academy and Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program. The Academy is a weeklong intensive program for undergraduates students from groups historically underrepresented in the curatorial field and who support promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums. After completing the Academy participants have the opportunity to apply for a two-year curatorial fellowship. The Academy takes place June 20-26 and applications are due midnight, February 28th. Click here for more information.

Welcome Reception for Dr. Sandra Soto

AMERICAN STUDIES and CHICANO & LATINO STUDIES will be hosting a welcome reception for Dr. Sandra Soto, who will be joining the American Studies Department for the spring and fall 2016 semesters as the Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts. The reception will be on Monday, February 1st at 3:30pm in Scott Hall Commons with food and beverage provided.

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships applications due February 8, 2016.

THE INSTITUTE for GLOBAL STUDIES is offering Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for both Summer 2016 and Academic Year 2016-2017 with stipends of up to $15,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Applications are due directly to the FLAS coordinator by Monday, February 8, 2016. Click here for more info. http://igs.cla.umn.edu/grad/fundflas.html

Three upcoming RIGS talks

RIGS is pleased to host three talks over the next few weeks from Kyle Mays, Madison Moore, and Marisol LeBrón. The talks will be on February 2nd, 5th, and 8th at 4:00pm. Kyle and Madison’s talks will be in Bruininks 220 and Marisol’s talk will be in Walter 101. See fliers below for more information (please note the date is incorrect for the Kyle Mays talk. February 2nd is the correct date).


Prof. Mireille Miller-Young Talk and Lunch

THE GENDER, SEXUALITY, POLITICS and POWER COLLOQUIUM Series will be hosting a talk by Prof. Mireille Miller-Young on Friday, March 25th from 1:00 – 3:00pm in 1314 SocSci. Her talk will be centered on her book A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography. There will also be an opportunity to have lunch with Prof. Miller Young. For lunch RSVP to swift078@umn.edu and for further information on the talk see below.

The Gender, Sexuality, Politics and Power Colloquium Series will be hosting Prof. Mireille Miller-Young (Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, UC-Santa Barbara) on Friday March 25th, 2016. The author of A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography and the recipient of Sara A. Whaley book prize - National Women's Studies Association and John Hope Franklin book prize for best published book in American Studies. Dr. Miller-Young research specialties include: Black cultural studies, pornography, sex work/commercial sex, feminist and queer theory, and ethnography
We are putting together a small lunch for graduate students who would be interested in meeting with Prof. Miller-Young. In particular, we’d love to invite grad students whose work speaks to Prof Miller-Young’s research interests. We ask that attendees commit to reading Chapters 1 (can be skimmed), 3, and 5 from A Taste for Brown Sugar.  Scanned copies of the chapters will be made available once attendance has been finalized.  We are looking to cap attendance at 10-12 persons, so please R.S.V.P. early.
Lunch will be held from 11-12pm in 1450 Social Sciences. We are looking to cap attendance at around 10-12 persons. If you’d like to attend, please R.S.V.P. to this email no later than February 26th. Since attendance is limited, we recommend R.S.V.P. earlier. Please note if you have dietary restrictions with the R.S.V.P.

R.S.V.P. to swift078@umn.edu

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Juliana Hu Pegues Talk

RIGS will be hosting a talk by Juliana Hu Pegues on Monday, January 25th at 4:00pm in Rapson 43. Her talk is titled “Unsettling Alaska: Indigeneity, Immigration, and Differential Violence. 


Breakfasts with RIGS Candidates

RIGS is hosting several candidates over the coming weeks. One-way undergraduate and graduate students can be involved with the process is attending breakfast with the candidates. All breakfasts will be in Scott Hall 105 (Commons area). See below for the list of the first four breakfasts.

Juliana Hu Pegues: Monday, January 25th at 9:00AM
Kyle Mays: Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:00AM
madison moore: Thursday, February 4th at 9:30AM
Marisol LeBron: Monday, February 8th at 9:00AM

Connections Meeting

FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD YEAR COHORTS:  Please join Prof. Pierce and your American Studies grad student colleagues for our next "Connections" meeting of the academic year on Friday, January 29th @3:30pm in the Scott Hall Commons, room 105. These department events are to allow an informal environment as you become familiar with the U of M and is hosted by the DGS.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Undergraduate Research Assistant Job

AARON EDDENS, American Studies PhD Candidate, is seeking an undergraduate research assistant for a student with work-study. He is looking for someone to transcribe interviews. The job is $12/hr and 8-12 hours/week. Please contact Aaron Eddens, edden001@umn.edu for more details and to apply. See below for full job description 

Research Assistant Job 

for student with work-study ($12/hour, 8-12 hours/week). Seeking an undergraduate student with work-study funds to transcribe interviews conducted as part of an interdisciplinary research project on the politics of agricultural development. Applicants must be detail-oriented. Excellent typing skills and 3.5 or higher GPA preferred. Spring semester with possible extension into summer. Please contact Aaron Eddens in the Dept. of American Studies (edden001@umn.edu) for more details. Please only apply if you have work-study funds available.

Child "City Pages" Interview on Red Lake Nation Art Exhibit

BRENDA CHILD is interviewed in a “City Pages” article about the upcoming art exhibition in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery titled “Singing Our History: People and Places of Red Lake Nation” curated by Brenda and some American Studies graduate students, among others. Click here to read the article and click here for our previous digest entry about the exhibit and the opening reception this Saturday, January 23rd.

HECUA Executive Director Position

HIGHER EDUCATION CONSORTIUM for URBAN AFFAIRS (HECUA) is pleased to announce applications are open for their Executive Director position. HECUA is a consortium of liberal arts colleges and universities that offers programs of study focused on issues of social justice. Click here for more information and to apply.

Dr. Emma Perez Talk

RIGS will be hosting a talk by Dr. Emma Perez on Thursday, January 21st at 5:00pm in Nicholson 35. Her talk is titled “Queering Dystopic Imaginaries.” 

Randolph College Visiting Scholar of American Culture Position

RANDOLPH COLLEGE is pleased to announce applications are open for the Ainsworth Visiting Scholar of American Culture. The position is a two-year visiting assistant professor position. Click here for more information and to apply.

Haki Madhubuti Talk and Workshop

THE COLLEGE of EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT along with many other campus partners are holding a book talk and writing workshop with Haki Madhubuti and his new book “Taking Bullets: Terrorism and Black Life in Twenty-First Century America.” See attachments below for further details on both events.


Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy Job Talks

THE HUMPHREY SCHOOL’S Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy is conducting a search for a senior faculty member in women, gender, and policy. They have four talks by candidates for the position over the next few weeks. See below for information on the talks.

Cheryl Doss, Ph.D.,

Senior Lecturer in Economics and African Studies, Yale University

Research Seminar:  The Gender Asset and Wealth Gaps 
Wednesday, January 20 
11:15-12:30 p.m.
180 HHH School

Barbara J. Risman, Ph.D.,

Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Research Seminar:  From Sex Roles to Gender Structure: Understanding Inequality for Social Change
Monday, January 25
11:15-12:30 p.m.
180 HHH School

Christina Ewig, Ph.D.,

Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies and Political Science, UW-Madison

Research Seminar:  Representing Women & Indigenous Peoples in Latin America
Wednesday, January 27
11:15-12:30 p.m.
180 HHH School

M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D.,

Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Public Policy and Administration, UMass Amherst

Research Seminar:  Left Out?  LGBT Poverty in the U.S. and What to Do About It 
Monday, February 1
11:15-12:30 p.m.
180 HHH School

Departmental Officer Office Hours

DEPARTMENTAL OFFICER OFFICE HOURS for Spring 2016 are as follows:
Bianet Castellanos, Chair: Wednesdays 11:00am – 1:00pm
Jennifer Pierce, DGS: Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:30pm
David Karjanen, DUS: Mondays 11:00am – 1:00pm
If you need to meet with the Chair or DGS please email amstdy@umn.edu to set up an appointment.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dartmouth College César Chávez Post-doc

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE is pleased to announce applications for the César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellowship are open. This is a two-year post-doc to support a scholar whose research addresses aspects of Latin@ experience and culture. Click here for more information and to apply.

Department of English American Literature and Culture Job Talks

THE DEPARTMENT of ENGLISH will be hosting candidates for a position in American Literature and Culture over the next month. The 10 candidates will be visiting from January 21st – February 11th. All talks will be held in Lind 207A from 2:30 – 4:00pm. See below for information about the talks through February 1st.

Thursday, January 21: “Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture”
Britt Rusert holds a Ph.D. in English from Duke University and is an assistant professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Currently, she is a visiting associate research scholar and visiting assistant professor in the English Department at Princeton University. 

Monday, January 25: “‘Democracy in the Teeth of Fascism’: Total War and the Crisis of the Black Soldier in Ralph Ellison’s War Writings”
Christine Hong holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently an assistant professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Wednesday, January 27
: “From Borderlands to Harlem: Sites of Convergence in Multiethnic American Literatures”
Emily Lutenski holds a Ph.D. in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan and is currently an assistant professor in American Studies at St. Louis University. 

Thursday, January 28: “(Dis)locating ‘Sonny’s Blues’ through Embodied Performance”
Rashida Braggs holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University as well as an M.S. in Mass Communications from Boston University and is currently an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Williams College.

Friday, January 29: “John Brown’s Bed: A Queer Historiography”
Lauren Heintz holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, San Diego and is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department at Tulane University. 

Monday, February 1: “Outlaws, Hobos, and Radicals: Recovering the Black Marxism of Ralph Ellison’s 1930s Fiction”
Nathaniel Mills holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan and is currently an assistant professor of English at California State University, Northridge.

American Studies Writing Group Meeting Time Poll

THE AMERICAN STUDIES WRITING GROUP is scheduling its weekly meeting time for the spring semester. If you are interested in participating in the Writing Group this semester, please fill out this Doodle poll by Wednesday, January 20th to help determine the best time to meet.  If you would like more information about the Writing Group or would like to be added to the Writing Group listserv, please contact Christine at bachm087@umn.edu.

University of Oklahoma Expository Writing Lecturer Positions

THE UNIVERSITY of OKLAHOMA is pleased to announce open lecture positions in their Expository Writing Program. Lecturers will teach advanced, interdisciplinary writing seminars with course topics, readings, and assignments chosen and designed by the lecturer. Click here for more information and to apply.

UVA Contemporary Native North American Studies Post-doc

THE UNIVERSITY of VIRGINIA is pleased to announce a two-year post-doc in contemporary Native North American Studies. The post-doc requires one to teach, research and develop a symposium surrounding their research interests. Click here for more information and to apply.

Center for Educational Innovation Teaching/TAing Workshops

THE CENTER for EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION is pleased to offer several courses and workshops on teaching and TAing in higher education. Click for GRAD 8101: Preparing Future Faculty, for the International Teaching Assistant Program, and for TA Workshops.