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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony Registration

 The University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Engineering, College of Biological Sciences, and Medical School basic science programs, is Friday, April 29, 2016.
If you would like to participate in the commencement ceremony you must register by Monday, March 7, 2016.
Commencement Ceremony
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Friday, April 29, 2016
12:00-2:30 p.m.
Mariucci Arena
University of Minnesota
1901 Fourth Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Eligible Participants
The ceremony is open to the following:
  • Graduates with degrees that were officially awarded after April 2015, or
  • Students who expect to receive their graduate degree by December 31, 2016and have met their program’s eligibility requirements for commencement attendance.
Please check with your program before you register if you are unsure of the commencement attendance eligibility requirements.
Attending the commencement ceremony does not imply that you have officially graduated. For information regarding steps required for the award of your degree or certificate, please refer to the University’s graduate degree completion steps.
Registration Instructions and Deadline
If you plan to participate in this spring's commencement ceremony, you must register.
The registration deadline is Monday, March 7, 2016. It is important that you adhere to the registration deadline. If you fail to register by the deadline, you may be ineligible to attend. Only graduates who have registered by the deadline will have their names published in the commencement booklet.
More Information
For more information, visit z.umn.edu/ASEGrad. If you have any questions related to the commencement ceremony, please contact asecommencement@umn.edu.
Congratulations on your achievements and best wishes for your future endeavors. I look forward to celebrating your accomplishments at the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Commencement Ceremony in April.

Welcoming Reception for Winton Chairs Miranda Joseph & Sandra Soto

THE COLLEGE of LIBERAL ARTS is pleased to welcome both Miranda Joseph and Sandra Soto as Winton Chairs in the Liberal Arts. The College will be hosting a welcoming reception tomorrow Thursday, February 25th from 4:00 – 5:30pm at the Campus Club CafĂ© Bar in Coffman Union. 


Critical Disabilities Studies Collective Spring Events

THE CRITICAL DISABILITIES STUDIES COLLECTIVE will be hosting a number of events this spring including discussions and film screenings. See below for the full schedule of events.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Final RIGS Talks

RIGS is pleased to announce their last four job talks with Maile Arvin, Melanie Yazzie, Gabriela Spears-Rico, and Victor Mendoza.The schedule and fliers for the talks are below


Maile Arvin - Thursday, February 18th at 4:00pm in Walter 402

Melanie Yazzie - Monday, February 22nd at 4:00pm in Walter 402

Gabriela Spears-Rico - Monday, February 29th at 4:00pm in Walter 402

Victor Mendoza - Tuesday, March 8th at 4:00pm in Walter 101


SDS Protest 2.17.16 @ 5:30pm outside Humphrey

STUDENTS for a DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY will be hosting a rally in opposition to Milo Yiannopolous speaking on campus at 5:30pm outside of the Humphrey School on Wednesday, February 17th. Yiannopolous is an outspoken anti-feminist who some have described as promoting hate speech. In opposition to his presence on campus, SDS has organized a protest in support of feminism, anti-racism, and LGBTQ rights. Click here for a link to the speaking event and here for a link to the protest.

Univ. of Mich. Diversity Environmental Fellowship Program

THE SCHOOL of NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce their new Environmental Fellowship Program. The program aims to diversify the environmental and conservation philanthropic sector by supporting careers of graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups. The program is a 13-week summer internship with a stipend of $10,000. Click here for more information and to apply.

McNally Awarded Thesis Research Travel Grant

Andrew McNally (PhD Candidate) was awarded a Thesis Research Travel Grant from the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

UMass Boston MA in American Studies

UNIVERSITY of MASSACHUSETTS-BOSTON is pleased to announce their applications are open for their Masters program in American Studies. Their priority deadline for the fall is on March 1st, however applications will still be accepted after that date. Click here for more information and to apply.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sibley -Kwiat Graduate Fellowship for Summer Research Support Applications due Wednesday, March 2nd at 12:00 p.m. NOON

The American Studies department announces the Mulford Q. Sibley  / Joseph J. Kwiat Graduate Fellowship for Summer Research Support. This is a $3,000 fellowship and up to two (2) fellowships may be awarded. Eligible applicants are pre-ABD students who are in their first or second year who are in good standing and pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies. Applicants will be notified of results in mid-March.

Funds will be awarded to the graduate student who does not have other summer fellowship support and who best does the following:
1) Clearly establish significance of the research (e.g. archive to investigate materials; explore an important historical or cultural site; develop preliminary interviews),
2) Submit a sensible schedule for project work

How to Apply:
Submit a 1-2 page essay describing the research project you will be pursuing this summer. In the description, also answer the following questions:
What is your research topic and what is its significance?
How will you spend your time on the project over the summer?

Recipients of the Sibley / Kwiat Graduate Fellowship are required to submit a report summarizing their research activities and outcomes by August 19th, 2016.

Submit your application to Melanie at 
stein196@umn.edu by the Wednesday, March 2nd  at 12:00 p.m. NOON deadline

CLA Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Fellowship Applications due March 2, 2016 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 2016.   Applicants will be notified of results in mid-March. 

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

Recipients of the GRPP Fellowship are required to submit a report summarizing their research activities and outcomes by August 19th, 2016.   

Submit your application materials (including application form signed by you & your faculty project adviser) to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. NOON.

Application form:

GWSS Spring 2016 Colloquium Series

THE GENDER, WOMEN, and SEXUALITY STUDIES DEPARTMENT is pleased to announce their Spring 2016 Colloquium Series. There will be four talks this spring occurring on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:30pm on 400 Ford Hall (unless otherwise noted). The first talk will be this Friday, February 12th and will be delivered by Dr. Roozbeh Shirazi. 


Graduate School Grant Writing Workshop

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL is hosting a workshop titled “Grant Proposal Writing to Fund Your Interdisciplinary Research” and will be held this Friday, February 12th from 10:00am – 12:00pm in 330 Bruininks Hall. Click here for more information and to register.

WashU Lecture in Film and Media Studies Position

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY in ST. LOUIS is pleased to announce applications are open for a one-year lecture position in the Program in Film & Media Studies. Lecturer teaches three courses each semester and should have a broad and thorough knowledge of film history and film analysis. Click here for more information and to apply.

Michigan Tech Archives Travel Grants

MICHIGAN TECH ARCHIVES are pleased to announce applications are open for their 2016 Archives Travel Grant program. The grants provide up to $750 towards travel costs to conduct research at the Michigan Tech Archives. Click here for more information and to apply.

Penn DCC Postdoc Fellowship

THE PENN PROGRAM on DEMOCRACY, CITIZENSHIP, and CONSTITUTIONALISM (DCC) is pleased to announce applications for their one year Postdoctoral Fellowship are open for 2016-2017. The fellowship is open to any discipline but their research is pertinent to the theme which this year is “Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Race/Gender.” Click here for more information and to apply.

Tammy Cherelle Owens Talk @ Macalester

TAMMY CHERELLE OWENS (American Studies PhD Candidate) will be presenting a talk at Macalester College as part of their Black History Month programming. Tammy’s talk is titled “#Black Girls are not Born Women: Studying the Intersectional Identities of Black Girls in Black Feminist Research” and will take place on Thursday, February 25th from 4:45 – 6:00pm in Davis Court, Markim Hall at Macalester College. 


Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute Applications Open

THE CENTER for GERMAN & EUROPEAN STUDIES is pleased to announce applications are open for their 2016 Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute. This year’s institute will be held June 12 – 19 at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and the topic is “Reframing Mass Violence in Europe and the Americas: The Holocaust & Global Memory Constellations.” The institute is for advanced graduate students. Click here for more information and to apply.

Huang awarded 2016-17 Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellowship (IDF)

MINGWEI HUANG was awarded 2016-17 Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellowship at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, where she will work with faculty mentor Aren Aizura on her dissertation project titled "Empire of Plastic, Plastic Empire: Chinese Capital and Migration in South Africa." 

Miron awarded Thesis Research Travel Grant

ROSE MIRON was awarded a Thesis Research Travel Grant from the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

Final Connections Meeting Date Change

FIRST, SECOND, & THIRD YEAR Graduate Students, please note that the date for the Connections meeting in May has been changed. The last Connections meeting of the semester will be on Monday, May 2nd at 3:30pm in the Commons. Please note this change in your calendars.

Graduate School Career Networking Event

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL will be hosting their annual Career Networking Event on Friday, April 1st from 9:00am – 12:00pm in the McNamara Alumni Center. Click here for more information and to register.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Karisa Butler-Wall Practice Job Talk

KARISA BUTLER-WALL will be giving a practice job talk titled “Modulating Health: Gender, Biopolitics, and Digital Media” on Thursday, February 11th at 3:00pm in 400 Ford Hall. 

Digital technology has recently been embraced by both the private and public sector as an innovative solution to the so-called “epidemic” of child obesity. While technology is often blamed for leading to sedentary lifestyles, a host of interactive tools from video games to mobile activity trackers now promise to help kids develop “healthy habits” of exercise and nutrition. This talk situates the rise of digital health platforms within a larger shift in the gendered and racialized management of bodies and populations over the past century, in which the pursuit of physical and emotional health has become linked to new affective economies of pleasure and consumption. Questioning what is at stake in the pursuit of health as a normative ideal, this presentation explores how health has come to denote the condition of possibility for greater freedom, happiness, and fulfillment even as discourses and practices of health continue to serve as the basis for regulating gender, sexuality, race, class, and dis/ability.

Karisa Butler-Wall holds a Ph.D. in American Studies with a graduate minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Macalester College.

MPR Article on "Singing Our History" Exhibit

“SINGING OUR HISTORY: PEOPLE and PLACES of the RED LAKE NATION” had a successful opening reception, attracting over 700 visitors. The exhibit of photography and art is a collaboration between the Department of American Studies and the Red Lake Nation of northern Minnesota and runs through February 13,th 2016 at the Katherine Nash Gallery. Click here to see a recent write-up by MPR about the exhibit.

Glen Coulthard Talk

THE MINNESOTA POLITICAL THEORY COLLOQUIUM is hosting a talk by Professor Glen Coulthard on Friday, February 19th from 3:30 – 5:00pm in the Lippincott Room (1314 SocSci). His talk is titled “Fanonian Antinomies: Third Worldism and North American Settler-Colonialism.” 


English Dept. American Lit and Cultures Job Talks

The finalists for the American Literature and Cultures Assistant Professor Position in English will be visiting through February 11. All job talks are in Lind 207A, from 2:30-4 pm. Below are the remaining presentations:

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.

Thursday, February 4: "'To a Mind Like Mine': Legal Form and the Logic of Madness in Narratives of the Black Atlantic"
Christopher Brown holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is currently a lecturer in English at Princeton University.

Friday, February 5: “Emancipation in 3D: Slavery, Narrative, and Immersive Photographic Technologies, 1861-1900”
Khaliah Mangrum holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and is currently a Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University’s Department of English.

Wednesday, February 10: "Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakota Oyate, 1862-1934"
Christopher Pexa holds a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and is currently an assistant professor of English at Oklahoma State University.

Thursday, February 11: “The Science of Begging: Uplift and Rehabilitation in the Postbellum United States”

Todd Carmody holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University.

USC Annenberg Summer Docotoral Institute on Difference in Media and Culture

THE USC ANNENBERG SCHOOL of COMMUNICATION & JOURNALISM is pleased to announce applications are open for their Summer Doctoral Institute on Difference in Media and Culture. The institute takes place June 20-24, 2016 and brings together doctoral students and faculty from Communication, Media, and American Studies to discuss issues of race, gender, and difference in the media. Click here for more information and to apply.

University of Toronto Food Studies Post-docs

THE CULINARIA RESEARCH CENTRE at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce two post-doctoral fellowships in the field of Food Studies. Applicants primary research experience should be in one or more of the following areas: urban food security, food and diaspora, urban food activism, food and urban livelihoods/labour, and urban agriculture. Click here for more information and to apply.