CLA News

Apr 30, 2021

CLArion 2020–2021

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Dr. Teresa Bertossi (Geography and Philosophy) and UMD’s Land Lab collaborated with Dr. Abigail Clarke-Sather (Engineering) to provide produce to residents within Morgan Park, a food desert in Duluth, for six weeks during summer 2020 after plans for a community garden fell through.

The article "Being the Woman They Wanted Her to Be: Cornelia Schleime Performs Her Stasi File" by Dr. Sara Blaylock (Art and Design) is forthcoming in the academic journal Third Text, issue 139 (vol. 35, no. 2), which is a leading international journal dedicated to the critical analysis of contemporary art in the global field.

Dr. Anja Chávez began her work as the new director of the Tweed Museum of Art in January 2020.

Breaking Waves (CD) released on MSR Classics (2019) features Dr. Paula Gudmundson (Music) on flute. This project was made possible by the Grant in Aid program of the University of Minnesota.

Professor Tom Isbell (Theatre) directed William Shakespeare's Henry V in the beautiful outdoor setting of UMD's newly renovated Ordean Courtyard between September 24–October 3, 2020.

Dr. Olaf Kuhlke (Geography and Philosophy) will receive $10 million in funding from the National Defense Authorization Act beginning in October 2021 to do research in the Arctic on climate change and climate adaptability.

Dr. Richard Robbins (Music) had an article selected for publication in The Choral Journal. The article, “The Capitalistic Machine Against a Radical Individual: A Consideration of Marc Blitzstein's Choral Opera, The Condemned (1932)," has received the support of the Kurt Weill Foundation, marking the first time that music from this unknown Depression-era work has appeared in print. Additionally, choral performances conducted by Dr. Robbins have recently been broadcast by American Public Media on the nationally-syndicated show, Pipedreams.

Dr. David Syring (Studies in Justice, Culture, and Social Change) completed a chapter for the SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology (forthcoming spring 2021). Entitled, "Humanistic Anthropologies: Diverse Weavings About the Many Ways to Be Human," the chapter outlines a foundational approach to anthropology that treasures human diversity and experience in all its variety. Syring also published, "Golden Animals: A Lyric Essay on Animacy and Resilience" in Anthropologica: Journal of the Canadian Anthropological Society. The essay emerges from collaborative research with Benigno Cango, a Saraguro (Ecuador) indigenous farmer and thinker.

Dr. Janelle Wilson (Studies in Justice, Culture, & Social Change) published "Future Imaginings: Nostalgia for Unrealized Possible Selves," in Nostalgia Now: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on the Past in the Present (Routledge, 2020), edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen. Additionally, Wilson was second-author with first-author Dr. Carmen Latterell (Mathematics) on "Preservice Elementary Education Majors' Attitudes about Mathematics: A Semantic Differential,” published in The Language of Mathematics: How the Teacher's Knowledge of Mathematics Affects Instruction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), edited by Patrick M. Jenlink. Most notably, Latterell and Wilson published the book, Mathematical Metaphors, Memories, and Mindsets: An Examination of Personal, Social, and Cultural Influences on the Perception of Mathematics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).

DJAW, an online peer-reviewed journal publishing articles written and edited by undergraduate students and recent undergraduate alumni from UMD, was distributed in Spring 2020 for the first time, under the guidance of Dr. Elizabethada Wright (English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies). The mission of the publication is to represent the work of undergraduate students as well as publish innovative, original work that advances the field of professional writing.

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