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Tuesday, August 30, 2016


THE COUNCIL OF GRADUATE STUDENTS represents, advocates for, and supports graduate students at the UMN. Click the link below for more information.



LUCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM FOR PROFESSIONAL APPRENTICESHIPS is pleased to announce applications are open for their scholar program. Through this program students will be able to spend one year in Asia as professional apprentices for leading Asian professionals.  

The University of Minnesota is one of seventy-five colleges and universities invited by the Henry Luce Foundation in New York to submit up to three nominations for the Luce Scholars Program.  The distinguishing feature of the program is that it is directed toward students, junior faculty, or recent alumni in any field except Asian Studies, who have NOT spent more than twelve weeks in Asia. The due at for this application is October 2, 2016.

link to additional information and application below



Job at CSU Fresno: American Indian Studies and Women's Studies

California State University, Fresno pleased to announce applications are open for an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, to be housed in the Women’s Studies Program.  Applicants are preferred to have specialty in one or more of the following: California Indians, the environment, reproductive justice and/or health disparities, gender-based violence, or educational access and discrimination . In addition to the regular course releases each semester for the first two years, the hire will receive an additional course release for program and community building with American Indian students and community constituencies that will extend into the third year.
Application reviews begin on October 5th, 2016.
If you have any questions email lmercadolopez@csufresno.edu. 
Below are some links about CSU and the link to the application

ALL 8001: "Critical Approaches to Asian Literature and Cultural Studies"

PROFESSOR BARYON POSADAS will be teaching ALL 8001: Critical Approaches to Asian Literature and Cultural Studies. This course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00PM- 2:15PM in Folwell 119. This course will provide critical and theoretical foundations for incoming graduate students in Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media program. See below for more information.

"This course aims to provide critical and theoretical foundations for incoming graduate students in Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media program, while also addressing broader questions that would be of interest to students in other departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our project will be to generate discussion about the theoretical and political complexities of studying Asian texts in America, taking account of several inter-related questions at the heart of the work of Asian Studies, focusing especially on the issue of articulating the relationship between culture and capital in the context of Asia. Beginning with Marx’s critique of political economy as our point of departure, we will take up a range of questions revolving around debates over historiography (on primitive accumulation, colonialism, postmodernity, and globalization) and the relationship between cultural studies and political-economy (the political unconscious, ideology and subjectivity, national allegory, the attention economy, gender) with a particular attention to the complications posed by taking “Asia” as the object of intellectual inquiry in any such analysis. Our discussions will consider key problematics in cultural theory, the uses of such theory in the Asian context, and critical interventions by scholars of Asia."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Teaching Enrichment Series for all Faculty, instructors, and TAs held August 31st and September 1st

FACULTY, INSTRUCTORS, and TAs are invited to attend the Teaching Enrichment Series, sponsored by The Center for Educational Innovation, on August 31st and September 1st from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. All grad students who will be TA-ing in 2016-2017 who have not already completed this training should attend.  First time participants in the AMST Department must register for at least two of the Teaching
Enrichment Series workshops, though we encourage you to attend as many as possible. Workshops are offered on topics ranging from an introduction to active learning to effective use of academic technology and best practices in teaching sensitive course content.  Advance registration is preferred. Click here for the full schedule.

New TA Orientation August 29, 2016, 1:00-4:00 PM

NEW TA ORIENTATION, put on by the Center for Educational Innovation, will be held on August 29, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 pm in Smith 100.  All grad students who will be TA-ing in 2016-2017 who have not already completed this training should attend.  In this interactive session, new teaching assistants will be introduced to key policies, including policies related to FERPA, working with students with disabilities, the student code of conduct, and sexual harassment and consensual relationships; university resources; and strategies for classroom teaching.  Register Here.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Updated Faculty Book Publications

HAVE YOU PUBLISHED a BOOK JANUARY 2014 – PRESENT? In prep for a new book exhibit at Wilson Library this Fall Semester, our librarian is collecting info of faculty who have published books recently.  The event organizers want to avoid missing new book authors/editors, and hope you will be able to assist in verifying the accuracy of their list. http://z.umn.edu/facultybooklist. Please inform Nancy Herther directly (herther@umn.edu) if you have published book(s) January 2014 - present. The books may be ebooks, texts or research/popular works.

25% TA Appointment for AFRO/ENGL 3597W

AFRO/ENGL 3597W – Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I is in need of a 25% TA for Fall 2016. The course is taught by Professor John Wright and meets Tu/Th 11:15am – 1:10pm in Carlson School of Mgmt 1-136. Candidates with previous writing intensive teaching experience are preferred. If you are interested or would like to know more please email John Wright (wrigh003@umn.edu).

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Where is the Human in the Data?" Workshop

THE INSTITUTE for ADVANCED STUDY and the INFORMATICS INSTITUTE will be holding a workshop titled “Where is the Human in the Data?” on Friday, September 30th from 9:00 – Noon in the Crosby Seminar Room (240 Northrop). Click here for more information on the workshop and to register.

I9 Verification Process for TAs and RAs

GRADUATE STUDENTS WHO WILL HOLD TA or RA at the University of Minnesota for the first time in fall 2016 or spring 2017 must complete an I-9 form and provide proper documentation by Wednesday, August 31 in order to complete the hiring process. Your appointment will be terminated if you do not complete the I-9 by this time. You should have received a detailed letter with instructions for completing the two-part I-9 if you will hold an appointment for the first time this year. Students who will be funded through fellowships do not need to complete this process. 

Grad School Networking and Research Lunch

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL is hosting a networking and research presentation lunch on August 25 from 12:30 – 3:30pm at the Campus Club. Come get a free lunch, meet other graduate students and postdocs from around the U and learn about current research being conducted at the U. Click here for more information and to register.

Grad Student Research Presentation Opportunity w/ The Gender & Sexuality Center for Queer & Trans Life

THE GENDER and SEXUALITY CENTER for QUEER and TRANS LIFE is looking for graduate students to give short presentations on their research on gender and sexuality studies and/or queer and trans issues for Fall 2016. If interested email Jason Jackson (jacks973@umn.edu) or Lars Mackenzie (macke157@umn.edu) for more information.

COMM 5211 Critical Media Studies: Theory and Method

AFFILIATE FACULTY, LAURIE OUELLETTE will be teaching COMM 5211 Critical Media Studies: Theory and Method this fall. The course will meet on Tuesdays from 1:25 – 3:55pm in Ford B60. The course is designed to provide a general introduction and overview of media studies and the interdisciplinary field of critical media studies and is approved for the MIMS Graduate Minor. See below for more information. 

Fall 2016 Graduate Seminar
Critical Media Studies:  Theory and Method
Professor Laurie Ouellette
COMM 5211
MIMS Approved
This seminar presents an overview of the interdisciplinary field of critical media studies.   The course is designed to provide a general introduction to media studies (beyond film) and equip students to teach courses in popular culture, media culture, and new media.  This 5000-level seminar is limited to graduate students and is approved for the MIMS Graduate Minor.
We will cover seminal approaches to media analysis (cultural studies, queer media studies, political economy, feminist media studies, post-structuralism, race and media studies, production studies, fan studies) as well as newer scholarship that connects media culture to affect theory, global networks and flows, interactivity, and other emerging topics in the critical humanities and social sciences.
Theory and method will be covered, and students will participate in weekly analysis of media objects (broadly defined).

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tenure-track position at Lawrence University

LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY seeks applicants for a full-time tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies to begin September 1, 2017. Click here for more information.

Immigrant Walking Tour of Cedar Riverside

The Immigration History Research Center presents an IMMIGRANT HISTORY WALKING TOUR OF CEDAR RIVERSIDE on August 27, 2016. Click here for more information.

"American Colonialism and Indigenous Histories" graduate seminar offered this fall

David Chang will teach AMST 8920-003/HIST 5910-001 American Colonialism and Indigenous Histories on Tuesdays 1:25-3:20 p.m. during Fall 2016.

Course Description:
Colonialism, American Indian Studies, and indigenous studies have been, for the past twenty years, some of the most productive sites of scholarship in the humanities, including history. They are topics of study that demand by their very nature the bringing together of different fields of endeavor, different disciplines, and different questions. This semester we will be addressing a number of current literatures and questions: settler colonialism, questions of the intersection of discursive construction and material processes of domination (especially as regards land, sovereignty over land, and land alienation), gender and sexuality, performance and demands for/discourses of authenticity, religion, belief, spirituality, and missionization, and racialization and racial construction. In a number of cases, we will be approaching these issues through memory, textuality, book studies, literary history, archaeology, art history, and museum studies. These fields are all rich with productive ideas, which should make for provocative discussion across geographies and time periods. Of particular interest will be: what do these other fields have to offer the discipline of history, and what does the discipline of history bring to these other disciplines and interdisciplinary modes of analysis?  This is a conversation that can bring us together on a common intellectual project, given the disparate graduate programs you come from as students.