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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sandra Soto Talk

CHICANO STUDIES is hosting a lecture by visiting Winton Chair Scholar Sandra Soto at 3:30pm in Walter 402 and all American Studies community members are welcome. Her talk is titled “Triptych: Floating with a Queer Shade of Brown.” 

REVISED DEADLINE - Audrey Christensen Award Applications due April 29, 2016 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 2017; all funds must be expended between July 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017 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.

REVISED DEADLINE - Submit your application to Melanie at stein196@umn.edu by the April 29, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. NOON deadline.

REVISED DEADLINE - Josie Fowler Peace and Justice Prize Applications due April 29, 2016 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 scholarship.

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.

REVISED DEADLINE - Submit your application to Melanie at stein196@umn.edu by the April 29, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. NOON deadline.

Julietta Hua Talk

THE INSTITUTE for ADVANCED STUDY is hosting a talk by Julietta Hua titled “The Analogy Problem in Human Trafficking Reform” on Thursday, April 7th at 4:00pm in the Crosby Seminar Room (240 Northrop).
Click here for more information.

MIT School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Predoc Fellowships

THE SCHOOL of ARTS, HUMANITIES, and SOCIAL SCIENCEs, at MIT is pleased to announce applications are open for their 2016-2017 Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships. Click here for more information and to apply.

Application for AY 2016-2017 Teaching Assistant Pool

APPLICATIONS for the TEACHING ASSISTANT POOL for AY 2016-2017 are now being accepted please fill out the form and submit to Christine Powell by Monday, April 4th. Click here to access the form. If you have any trouble with the form please let the office know.

Mixed Methods Research Scholarships

THE MIXED METHODS INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE GROUP is pleased to announce they have fund to support doctoral students interested in proposing or performing mixed methods research. Each award is $1,000. Submission deadline is April 8th. Click here for more information and to apply.

Columbia School of Social Work Postdoc

THE CENTER on POVERTY and SOCIAL POLICY, at the Columbia University School of Social Work is pleased to announce applications are open for their one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Poverty and Social Policy. Click here for more information and to apply.

CFP - 38th Annual North American Labor History Conference

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 38th Annual North American Labor History Conference, “Workers and Global Cities: Detroit & Beyond.” The conference will take place at Wayne State in Detroit, MI from October 20-22, 2016. See below for full details



38TH Annual North American Labor History Conference
October 20-22, 2016
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

The Program Committee of the North American Labor History Conference (NALHC), an international conference with a global perspective on labor and working-class history, invites proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops on the theme of Workers and Global Cities: Detroit and Beyond, for our thirty-eighth annual meeting.

Taking our cue from global developments, the NALHC Conference committee is looking for panels and workshops that will explore the connections between labor and urban history, workers and city-dwellers, in the context of globalization. We are interested in how “work,” “workers,” and “cities” remake and are remade by the global economy and by the dangers inherent in new global realities—where migration and exchange are seen both as constructive and destructive of urban life. Boundaries between nations, between regions, and between cities and suburbs have become increasingly important, but so, too, has the blurring of these lines in the global system. Even as metropolitan Detroit has become a focus of national—and international—attention, in celebration and criticism of its “rebirth,” so too does it reflect developments in urban worlds across the globe. Examining the history, current state, and future prospects of work, workers, and their movements, as they develop(ed) in Detroit, and in global cities such as Los Angeles, Tokyo, Mumbai, Chennai, Cairo, Lagos, Moscow, London, Rio de Janeiro, and New York, will expand our understanding of the forces that historically drove and currently drive the global economy in Detroit and beyond.

We welcome proposals from a wide variety of disciplines and from scholars and activists working in various geographical and temporal frameworks. We also welcome proposals on topics that differ from the conference theme, especially if submitted as a full panel or roundtable.

Submissions of proposals for papers, panels, or roundtables should include a one paragraph abstract and a brief biographical statement or CV for each participant. Submissions should be sent before the deadline of April 30th, 2016 to:

Thomas Klug, Conference Coordinator
North American Labor History Conference
Department of History, Wayne State University
Phone: 313-577-2525
Email: nalhc@wayne.edu

John D'Emilio Talk

THE QUEER STUDENT CULTURAL CENTER is hosting a talk by John D’Emilio titled “An Agitator for Justice: What Bayard Rustin’s Life Can Teach Us” on Tuesday April 12th from 6:00 – 9:00pm in the Whole Music Club in Coffman.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Anja Kanngieser Talk

THE INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER for the STUDY of GLOBAL CHANGE presents a talk by Anja Kanngieser titled “Listening to the Anthropocene: Sound and Ecological Crisis” on Thursday, March 24th from 3:00 – 4:30pm in Carlson Lower Level 122. Click here for more information.

This talk explores imaginations of the natural world at a time of accelerating global environmental crisis; in an era currently being defined as the Anthropocene, a geophysical term “which recognizes that human intrusion on the planet’s surface and into the atmosphere has been so extreme as to qualify our time on earth as a specific geological epoch”. It does so through mediums and methods ofsound being used contemporaneously by artists, bioacousticians and scientists to make sense of, and communicate, earth system changes. Mapping out a range of ecoacoustic practices from field recordings to data and geo- sonifications, the talk investigates how such practices seek to delineate, highlight, and/ or overcome, distinctions between natural and social, urban and rural, exceptional and everyday. 
This talk argues that these delineations are critical to perceptions of climate change, and its uneven human causations and effects. Fundamental to this investigation is the claim that such delineations affect the ability to listen to, and take care of, the myriad and complex ecosystems of which humans are a part. Through grounding in research coming from the geohumanities, this talk shows how rather than being separate realms, the natural and social are deeply entangled and implicated in one another. As this talk emphasises, sound, as a medium that brings the world into proximity and envelops us, is uniquely placed to approach and communicate these critical, and ever more urgent, entanglements.
Dr. Kanngieser's research explores a number of timely themes -- climate politics, labor and surveillance, colonialism and resistance -- in remarkably creative ways, including through the use of sound. She recently authored the book "Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds," which explores creative activism as a means for opening up channels of communication and finding common sites for contestation. More information about Dr.Kanngieser's work can be found here: http://transversalgeographies.org/
Co-sponsored by: The Department of Political Science, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Geography, Environment & Society, the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (GWSS), and the Institute for Global Studies (IGS).

Carrie N. Baker Talk

GWSS is hosting the next talk in their spring colloquium series on Friday, April 8th from 1:30 – 3:30pm in Ford 400. Carrie N. Baker will be giving a talk titled “The U.S. Campaign Against ‘Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking’: Political Opportunity, Legal Change, and Youth Empowerment.”

Jermaine Singleton Talk 4/1/16 at 4:00pm in Lind 203

THE DEPARTMNET of ENGLISH presents a talk by Jermaine Singleton on his new book “Cultural Melancholy: Readings of Race Impossible Mourning & African American Ritual” on Friday, April 1st at 4:00pm in Lind 203. Singleton’s book explores the legacy of unresolved grief produced by ongoing racial oppression and resistance in the United States. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Summer Dissertation Writing Funds requests due by 12:00pm NOON on April 15, 2016

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, not have received the funds previously, and in good standing.

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.

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 note from your adviser confirming that you have completed enough research to be actively writing substantive portions of the dissertation.  Please your adviser to email this directly to Melanie.

Submit your request to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by the 12:00pm NOON on April 15, 2016 deadline.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: 22nd Annual David Noble Lecture feat. Robin Kelley

SAVE THE DATE for the 22nd ANNUAL DAVID NOBLE LECTURE featuring Robin Kelley on Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00pm at the Best Buy Theatre in Northrop Auditorium. More details and advertising to follow.

May-term Dissertation Writing Retreat

THE CENTER for WRITING is pleased to announce applications are open for their annual May term Dissertation Writing Retreat. The 3-week workshop is free and open to fifteen dissertation writing PhD students. Click here for more information and to apply.

Franklin & Marshall College American Studies Postdoc

FRANKLIN and MARSHALL COLLEGE is pleased to announce they are accepting applications for their one year postdoctoral fellowship in American Studies. They are looking for someone with specialization in Race & Ethnic Studies, Latino Studies, Asian American Studies, Comparative Indigenous Studies, Transnational cultural studies, or Cultural & Critical Theory. Click here to learn more and apply.

Book orders for Fall 2016 courses DUE to Melanie by Wednesday, March 23.

Fall 2016 courses are due to Melanie by Wednesday, March 23.  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:  You may only request desk copies of titles which you've not previously received.  If you've previously received a 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 only this order form

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Critical Conversations in Chicano & Latino Studies Spring Schedule

CHICANO & LATINO STUDIES is pleased to announce their Spring semester Critcal Conversations series. The first talk will be by Olga Herrera on Friday, March 4th at 1:00pm in Scott Hall 2. Dr. Herrera’s talk is titled “Near West Side Stories: Remembering a Chicago Neighborhood with Carlos Cortez, Sandra Cisneros, and Daniel J. Martinez.” Click here for more information about this talk and the other talks throughout the semester.

UC-Riverside Cluster Hire in African American Disparities

THE UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE, as part of their major hiring initiative, are pleased to announce a new cluster hire for five positions focused on African American Disparities at various professor levels. They are looking for applicants with background in one or more of the following areas: psychology, sociology, political science, economics, business, public policy, history, education, anthropology, and biological and medical sciences. 

Click here for the assistant professor (tenure track) positions

Click here for the associate and full professor (tenured) positions