Institute for Advanced Study Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:13:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Understanding and Experiencing Mass Images, April 16-17, 2015 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:13:22 +0000 Michael Leja, Jennifer Greenhill, and Jennifer L. Roberts.

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Near Stars: Analytic Scale and the Literary Object. Eric Hayot. Thursdays at Four, Dec. 4, 2014 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:37:17 +0000 Near Stars: Analytic Scale and the Literary Object
December 4, 2014 at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

Eric Hayot, Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Penn State University.

eric hayot 2Hayot’s work focuses on the transnational history of literary and cultural forms, the historical relations between the West and the Asian diaspora, and a temporally and geographically expansive version of modernism. He is the author of Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel quel (Michigan, 2004) and The Hypothetical Mandarin (Oxford, 2009) and the co-editor of Sinographies: Writing China (Minnesota, 2007). His newest book, The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities, is a guide on how to write literary criticism for graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies. He is also past President (2013-2014) of the American Comparative Literature Association.

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Anatoly Liberman: Shakespeare in Love. Thursdays at Four, Nov. 20, 2014 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:35:37 +0000 0 Brecht’s America: Rehearsing Failure. Thursdays at Four, Nov. 13, 2014 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:33:25 +0000 The 2014-15 IAS Collaborative Brecht’s America: Rehearsing Failure is convened by:
Lisa Channer, Theatre Arts & Dance, CLA
Matthias Rothe, German Scandinavian & Dutch, CLA

University Symposium: Strategy

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The Berlin Wall, 25 Years Later, organized by Sonja Kuftinec, Nov. 6, 2014 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:23:53 +0000

Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

On November 9th, 1989 the Berlin Wall cracked open and unleashed a problematic ahistorical narrative of celebratory “re-unification”. This narrative makes less visible contradictions around the wall’s pre-Cold War history as “anti-fascist protection”. Thus, while walls can materialize ideological separation, their presence and absence often elides complex historical formations and political contestations. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this symposium asks how performance can animate representational ruptures in three walled (or previously walled) sites: Berlin, Israel/Palestine, and along the US/Mexico border. Participants will include members of the IAS Collaborative on Brecht, the Department of Theater Arts, and Combatants for Peace—an alliance of Israeli and Palestinian ex-combatants who use theater as a tactic for resisting the Israeli Occupation. The symposium will additionally invite Dakota multimedia artist, Mona Smith, to complicate the creation of state walls and borders from a Dakota perspective.

Chen Alon, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Matthias Rothe, German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
Luverne Seifert, Theater Arts, University of Minnesota (tentative)
Mona Smith, Dakota Multi-media artist (tentative)

Berlin Wall, 1989. People on top of the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate, in front of border guards.

Combatants for Peace, a group of Israelis and Palestinians who have been trained to fight either in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) or as Palestine’s Fatah paramilitaries, have now put down their guns and together taken to the stage. The group, formed in 2005, perform sketches based on their own experiences of war to promote a “non-violent” resolution to the conflict. Most recently, they improvised a scene about Israeli check-points to an audience of Palestinians, Israelis and international activists on a hill-top in the West Bank over-looking an Israeli settlement. They didn’t get far before IDF officers stopped the show.

“The writing of history, that which gets recorded, is almost always presented from the viewpoint of the dominant culture of the time. This is what occurred when the first Europeans arrived on the continent or the “New World” as it was called by them… It certainly wasn’t new to the ones who lived here; rather, it was an ancient and familiar place, a world with myths and beginnings and cycles –reasons why life is lived in a certain way. There were names of places that told what happened here, that described the center of the earth, or the war of the sky god and the god of the nether regions. Yes, this was certainly an old and active world. That was soon to change, however; the newcomers would change all that. They would put their names on these places. Their heroes would now identify these places and the ancient names would fade, soon to be forgotten. Where the Rivers Gather and the Waters Meet will not allow that to happen….It will preserve the past before American history began. Future generations will know there was a time before American history.”

“Art Conquers All”. This photo was taken on November 9, 2009, showing artwork on a mock-up of the Berlin Wall that was symbolically torn down at an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles. On the night of November 9, 1989, following weeks of pro-democracy protests, the Stalinist state’s authorities suddenly opened the East German border. After 28 years as prisoners of their own country, euphoric East Germans streamed to checkpoints and rushed past bewildered guards, many falling tearfully into the arms of West Germans welcoming them on the other side.

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Mary Ellis on the Bohemian Flats. Thursdays at Four, Oct. 30, 2014 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:23:40 +0000 October 30, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

Mary Relindes Ellis, author of The Bohemian Flats (2014).

mary ellis bohemian flatsReviewers pronounced Mary Relindes Ellis’s debut novel, The Turtle Warrior, passionate and heartfelt, exhilarating and harrowing, and gorgeously poetic. In her next novel, The Bohemian Flats, Ellis’s rich, imaginative gift carries us from the bourgeois world of fin de siècle Germany to a vibrant immigrant enclave in the heart of the Midwest and to the killing fields of World War I.

Shell shock, as it was called, lands Raimund Kaufmann in a London hospital, a victim of the war but also of his own, and his brother’s, efforts to get out of Germany and build a new life in America. While his recovery eludes him, his memory returns us to Minneapolis, to the Flats, a milling community on the Mississippi River, where Raimund and his brother Albert have sought respite from the oppressive hand of their older brother, now the master of the family farm and brewery. In Minnesota the brothers confront different forms of prejudice, but they also find a chance to remake their lives according to their own principles and wishes—until the war makes their German roots inescapable.

Following these lives, The Bohemian Flats conjures both the sweep of irresistible history and the intimate reality of a man, and a family, caught up in it. From a nineteenth-century German farm to the thriving, wildly diverse immigrant village below Minneapolis on the Mississippi to the European front in World War I, and returning to twentieth-century America—this is a story that takes a reader to the far reaches of human experience and the depths of the human heart.

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Dianne Harris. Thursdays at Four, Oct. 23, 2014 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:20:14 +0000 October 23, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

Dianne Harris, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Art History, and History, University of Illinois, U-C; Director, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.

Dianne HarrisDianne Harris is a historian who specializes in studies that focus on the built environment. Her most recent scholarship examines postwar houses in the United States between 1945 and 1960, and the history of suburban development during that period. It also focuses on the relationships that exist between what she and others call “race and space,” taking an interest in the role buildings, landscapes, and cities play in the construction and reinforcement of ideas about belonging and exclusion that are based on socially produced notions of race and racial identity. She also has expertise in the architecture, landscape, and urbanism of the Italian Peninsula, 1600-1800; and in the history of western cultural landscapes from 1400-present.

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Rosas Danst Rosas. Panel: Thursdays at Four, Oct 16, 2014 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:33:33 +0000 Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas

Philip Bither of the Walker Art Center discusses the Midwest Premiere of Rosas danst Rosas with the performers.


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Sandra Zellmer and the Sawyer Seminar. Thursdays at Four, Oct. 9, 2014 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:20:11 +0000 October 9, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

Sandra Zellmer, Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law, University of Nebraska.

sandra zellmerWhat is the nature of disasters? How do human social and economic aspirations interact with the environmental imperatives of water and water bodies? Can the acknowledgement of our own responsibility for unnatural disasters lead to better laws and better decisions in the future?

Zellmer teaches and writes about natural resources, water law, public lands, wildlife, environmental law, and related topics. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the University’s Global Water for Food Institute. She began teaching at the College of Law in 2003.

Zellmer is a co-author and principal editor of a casebook, Natural Resources Law, published by Thomson/West Publishing (with Professors Laitos and Wood) (2d edition forthcoming in 2012). She has published dozens of book chapters and articles, and was awarded “Best Paper” by the American Bar Association for her work on “Missouri River Mud: Clean Water and Endangered Species,” which she presented at the ABA’s Annual Water Law Conference in 2011. She also served as a committee member on the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Committee on Missouri River Recovery; the committee report was published in 2010. Also in 2011, Zellmer gave a presentation about U.S. water law at the M.S. Swaminathan Institute in Chennai, India, with members of the Global Water for Food Institute. For the past few years, she has conducted a training session on wilderness management at the Carhart Federal Wilderness Center in Missoula, MT.

Previously, Professor Zellmer was a member of the faculty at the University of Toledo College of Law from 1998 – 2004. She has been a visiting professor at both Tulane Law School and Drake University Law School. Prior to teaching, she was a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, litigating public lands and wildlife issues for various federal agencies, including the National Forest Service, National Park Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service. She also practiced law at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and clerked for the Honorable William W. Justice, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas.

Cosponsored by the Sawyer Seminar, the Institute on the Environment (IonE), and the Law School.

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Literary Analysis of World Bank Reports: Franco Moretti, Thursdays at Four, Oct. 2, 2014 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:18:21 +0000 The World According to the Bank:
an Analysis of World Bank Reports, 1946-2010

franco morettiOctober 2, 2014, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Franco Moretti, English, Stanford University, gives a semantic, stylistic study of World Bank reports.

Moretti is author of Signs Taken for Wonders (1983), The Way of the World (1987), Modern Epic (1995), Atlas of the European Novel 1800-1900 (1998), Graphs, Maps, Trees (2005), The Bourgeois (2013), and Distant Reading (2013), and chief editor of The Novel (2006). He is founder of Stanford’s Center for the Study of the Novel and Literary Lab, writes often for New Left Review, and has been translated into over twenty languages.

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Information Session on IAS Faculty Fellowships, October 2, 2014 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:21:45 +0000 201309 Fellows retreat  crop

Information Session on IAS Faculty Fellowships

Thursday, October 2, 12-1:30 p.m.
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop

Join us for an information session on applying for an IAS Faculty Fellowship for 2015-16. Up to twelve faculty fellows are selected annually to spend a semester in residence at the Institute, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines. Each faculty fellow is provided with private workspace and a computer in the IAS’s offices in Northrop. Fellows are required to attend the weekly Residential Fellows lunches, where fellows share their work in progress. Fellows are expected to participate in other activities of the Institute, including attendance at events. More information about the faculty fellowship program.

At this session we will answer questions about the Faculty Fellowship program, discuss what constitutes a good application, demonstrate the online application system, and answer your questions. Beverages will be provided — please feel free to bring your lunch.

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Strategies for a Sense of Place: Taking Advantage of Location. Thursdays at Four, Sept. 25, 2014 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:07:45 +0000 Strategies for a Sense of Place: Taking Advantage of Location

The U of M is a world class teaching, research, and engagement institution located on the banks of one of the great rivers of the world in a national park. Taking strategic advantage of this location is a challenge.  There are many things that could be done. What would be the best to do, and why? Pat Nunnally, coordinator of the University’s River Life Program, will pose questions such as these to three University faculty who have made strategic thinking a part of their intellectual work.

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The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: Weiming Lu, Sept. 18, 2014 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:52:42 +0000 The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation

September 18, 2014, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Internationally recognized urban planner and designer Weiming Lu discusses public/private partnerships, how to build a livable, creative urban village, and his new book, The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation.

Weiming Lu recently retired as president of Lowertown Redevelopment Corporations in St. Paul, Minnesota, which became a national model of successful central city revitalization through public-private partnerships. Lu received his Master’s degree in Regional Planning in 1957 from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His career took him to planning positions in Minneapolis, Dallas, and St. Paul. Lu is known for his expertise in blending old and new design. He has served as a consultant and advisor on numerous public and private projects in the United States and abroad, including the reconstruction of South Central Los Angeles following the 1992 riots and the establishment of the Chattanooga Riverfront Corporation in Tennessee, the CentreVenture Development Corporation to revitalize downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the United Nations Planning Team in Taiwan. Lu also served as member of the jury for the international design competition for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Currently, Lu is a planning advisor to the Mayor of Beijing; a trustee of the Minneapolis Foundation; and a member of the Committee of 100, the organization of American citizens of Chinese descent; and as a panelist for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Favrot Family grants.

>> Re-envisioning Chinese Cities with Eastern Genius Loci, February 2, 2012

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SOLO and the 2012 and 2013 McKnight Artist Dance Fellows, Sep. 11, 2014 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:27:21 +0000 Dancer as Driver: SOLO and the 2012 and 2013 McKnight Artist Dance Fellows

September 11, 2014, at 4:00pm
Northrop – Best Buy Theater

Panel discussion with Taryn Griggs, Ashwini Ramaswamy, Stephen Schroeder, Tamara Ober, Greg Waletski, and Kari Mosel

Moderated by Mary Ellen Childs, Program Director, McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers.

>> Panel with the 2010 and 2011 Fellows, Sep. 13, 2012

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Brown Bag Discussion on University Symposium on Strategy, September 10, 2014 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:11:11 +0000 Brown Bag Discussion on University Symposium on Strategy

Wednesday, September 10, 12-1:30 p.m.
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop

The University Symposium for 2014-16 will focus on the topic Strategy. We are interested in provoking thoughtful conversations about all aspects of the concept of strategy, from strategic thinking through strategies that organisms employ to survive. We seem to be surrounded by strategies. We are exhorted to think strategically in many realms. We talk about winning strategies. We consider biological survival mechanisms as strategies. Games of all kinds involve strategic thinking both in their devising and in their playing. Our own university (and its constituent components) engages in repeated rounds of strategic planning.

We seek proposals for programming in spring 2015 and academic year 2015-16 that will be part of the University Symposium on Strategy. We are particularly interested in engaging productively with the University’s current strategic planning process. Proposals may be for a variety of activities including, but not limited, to:

  • Individual speakers to invite to campus for public presentations and meeting with graduate or undergraduate students or other groups
  • Critical reading groups, focused either on a specific aspect of Strategy, or a more general exploration of the concept
  • Workshops
  • Roundtables
  • Conferences or symposia
  • Public conversations and forums
  • Projects with a significant public engagement aspect
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John Anfinson: Sawyer Seminar Kick-off, Sep. 9, 2014 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:25:37 +0000 September 9, 2014, at 7:00pm
Best Buy Theater, Northrop

John Anfinson, Chief of Resource Management for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, kicks off the Sawyer Seminar with a public lecture.

John AnfinsonAnfinson worked as the park’s historian and cultural resources specialist since 2000, and held the same position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1980 to 2000. He is the author of “The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi” and “River of History: A Historic Resources Study of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area” in addition to many articles about the Mississippi River. In 2005 Anfinson was one of 10 U.S. delegates to the joint U.S./Dutch symposium on water resources at The Hague, Netherlands. He has articles forthcoming, including “Engineering Earth: the Impacts of Megaengineering” (University of Kentucky Press 2011) and “The City, the River, the Bridge: Before and After the Bridge Collapse” (University of Minnesota Press 2011). Anfinson holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Minnesota.

Anfinson was interviewed for the Bat of Minerva in 2011. He also spoke in the 2008 conference “The City, The River, The Bridge”.

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Discussion with Osnel Delgado, 2014 McKnight International Fellow, August 23, 2014 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:01:44 +0000 osnel delgadoOsnel Delgado has received major Cuban awards including the Premio a Mejor Coreografia del Concurso Solamente Solos (Award for Best Solo Choreography), and a Special Mention award at the VII Iberomerican “Alicia Alonso” Choreography competition in Madrid. He was a member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011 and founded MalPaso Dance Company in 2013, where he currently serves as choreographer and artistic director. Delgado’s work expresses the passion and uncertainties that define Cuban life and are embodied in the country’s rich dance tradition.

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The Community of the Book in Northeast Minneapolis, July 2014 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:19:06 +0000
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Sarah Stonich is the best-selling author of These Granite Islands, translated into seven languages and shortlisted for France’s Gran Prix de Lectrices de Elle; the critically acclaimed novel The Ice Chorus; and a memoir, Shelter. The founder of, she lives in Minneapolis and spends summers in northeastern Minnesota. Her most recent book is Vacationland (2013, U of M Press).

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Freya Manfred, Poet, June 21, 2014 Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:55:00 +0000
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Freya Manfred‘s poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 30 anthologies, and her literary memoir, Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award. Philip Roth has called this memoir a “classic.” She has received a Harvard/Radcliffe Fellow In Poetry Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Minnesota Poetry Award and a Tozer Foundation Award, and has has been a Resident Fellow at Yaddo, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and The MacDowell Colony. Her half hour poem for television: The Madwoman and the Mask, appeared on KTCA-TV, Channel 2, in 1991.

This interview is part the oral history project Intellectual and Cultural Leaders of Minnesota.

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Negotiating Presence: Contemporary Indigenous Choreography, Jun. 20, 2014 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:26:25 +0000 Negotiating Presence:
Contemporary Indigenous Choreography

Fri. June 20th, at 12:00pm
All My Relations Arts Gallery
1414 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis

Discussion with Jacqueline Shea Murphy

This presentation/discussion addresses ways that Indigenous choreographers use contemporary dance as a tool for strengthening and asserting Indigenous knowledge. Jacqueline Shea Murphy will offer some thoughts about several specific contemporary dances/dance making practices, suggesting what they say about time, about space, about attention, about disrupted and disputed ways of knowing, about caregiving and taking, about being in relationship to the world. She will open up questions about ways this dancing produces and asserts Indigenous strength, refuting the presumptive force and finality of ongoing settler colonization (and also, at times, yielding crucial insights into how to live in a sustainable way with a planet in crisis). The discussion will tease out points of tension in different approaches to “Indigenous choreography,” unraveling some of the complexities, difficulties and possibilities that attend both this topic and the ongoing negotiating (not-tied-back-into-a-bow-for-easy-receiving) of tensions it raises.

Cosponsored by All My Relations, Rosy Simas Danse, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota.

jacqueline shea murphyJacqueline Shea Murphy chairs the Dance Department at the University of California, Riverside, where she teaches courses in critical dance studies and in Iyengar yoga. She is author of “The People Have Never Stopped Dancing”: Native American Modern Dance Histories (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), awarded the 2008 de la Torre Bueno Prize® for outstanding book of the year in Dance Studies by the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS). For over a decade, she has been following the work of Native American and Indigenous choreographers in the U.S., Canada, and Aotearoa (New Zealand), traveling to see Indigenous dance events and performances and to visit, talk, and dance with Indigenous dancers and choreographers. Drawing on this research and the relationships that have build around it, she has published on the topic of Native American and Indigenous dance history and contemporary choreography in journals including Discourses in Dance, Theatre Research International, Interventions, and Biography. She has helped bring Indigenous dance studies into visibility to dance scholars and to the public through this and other writing, in her lectures and teaching, and also by organizing and producing numerous showcases, panels, and symposia on Indigenous choreography at dance studies conferences, and at at regular “Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside” events at UC Riverside. In relation with this activity, UCR’s Special Collections library currently houses the archives of Daystar/Rosalie Jones (director of DAYSTAR: Dance Drama of Indian America) and Rulan Tangen (Director of DANCING EARTH Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations), and is actively building an archive about Indigenous choreography.

Shea Murphy grew up in rural New England, and holds a a BA from Barnard College of Columbia University, a Master’s in fiction writing from The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Program, and a Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley. She has previously taught at San Francisco State University (American Indian Studies) and Mills College (English). She lives in California, where she is mom to six year old twin daughters and an 11 year old son. Shea Murphy is writing a new book that engages with ways that contemporary Indigenous choreography in the U.S., Canada, and Aotearoa inhabits and reconstructs Indigenous epistemologies, thus strengthening Indigenous peoples and Indigenous practices in ways that refute the presumptive force and finality of ongoing settler colonization.

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The Interrelated Histories of African and Native America: Tiya Miles, May 23, 2014 Fri, 23 May 2014 19:13:58 +0000 “One of the Longest Unwritten Chapters”: The Interrelated Histories of African and Native America

Tiya Miles, Chair, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor; Professor of History, American Culture, Native American Studies, and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan.

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This lecture explores Native American and African American relations from the period of first contacts through the slavery era, highlighting connections, conflicts, and resistance struggles. This event marks the opening of the Smithsonian’s exhibit, “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas” at Fort Snelling.

HFS_Logo_HorizontalSponsored by the IAS Heritage Collaborative and the Minnesota Historical Society/University of Minnesota Heritage Partnership. This talk occurred on Friday, May 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Historic Fort Snelling, Visitor Center (no entry charge).


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Mary Treacy, Librarian and Activist, May 22, 2014 Thu, 22 May 2014 22:06:22 +0000
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Mary Treacy is a one-time librarian-turned-community-journalist. For many years she served as Director of Metronet, a library network linking libraries of all types in the Twin Cities region. After a stint as librarian at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE, she settled down to retirement in Minneapolis – or not. In short order she pursued her commitment to freedom of information as Executive Director of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information.

This interview is part the oral history project Intellectual and Cultural Leaders of Minnesota.

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Academic Freedom, the Public Trust, & the Entrepreneurial Univer$ity. May 16, 2014 Fri, 16 May 2014 21:21:51 +0000 Academic Freedom, the Public Trust, & the Entrepreneurial Univer$ity: Reflections on the AAUP’s Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-University Relationships

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University research, especially in STEM fields, is increasingly oriented toward the market, involving a diverse range of collaborations between academic researchers and industry. The American Association of University Professors has recently articulated a set of principles intended to guide such relationships; and the University of Minnesota AAUP chapter, together with the Provost’s Imagine Chair in Humanities, Art, & Design and the Institute for Advanced Study, are sponsoring a forum to discuss those recommendations, as well as broader concerns for the integrity and trustworthiness of university research. We invite you to join in a conversation about the AAUP recommendations and about how those of us at the University of Minnesota are thinking about matters of regulatory compliance as well as broader matters of research integrity, moving beyond specific policies and procedures to questions about the place for research—in whatever field—that does not promise to meet immediate marketable demands, and, importantly, about the place of the humanities and the arts in an increasingly entrepreneurial university. Universities need to be sites of critical engagement—crossing boundaries of disciplines and diverse communities, drawing on historical and cross-cultural perspectives—articulating and confronting the controversies that the research will inevitably meet when it moves out into the world. Such critical engagement, questioning what we are doing and why and how and for whose benefit, will be neither easy nor comfortable; but even the most practical and market-oriented research will be the better for it.


Cary Nelson is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Among his 29 books are several dealing with the politics and economics of higher education, including this year’s Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships. He served as national AAUP president from 2006 to 2012.

David Korn, M.D. is presently Consultant in Pathology at Mass General Hospital and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Previously he was the Inaugural Vice-Provost for Research at Harvard University; the Senior Vice-President for Biomedical and Health Sciences Research (Policy) at the Association of American Medical Colleges; and, for 30 years, Professor of Pathology at Stanford University, where he was the Founding Chairman of the Department of Pathology, then University Vice President and Dean of Medicine.

University of Minnesota Respondents:

Brian Herman, Vice-President for Research
Lynn Zentner, Director, Office of Institutional Compliance


Naomi Scheman, Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, 2012-2014 Imagine Chair in Humanities, Art, & Design, President of the University of Minnesota chapter of the AAUP
This panel occurred on Friday, May 16, from 3:00-5:00pm in Best Buy Theater, Northrop.

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Ethnic Identity Development in a Changing World: Rich Lee, May 15, 2014 Thu, 15 May 2014 17:09:55 +0000 Ethnic Identity Development in a Changing World:
New Research Directions & Conversations Across Disciplines

Panel discussion by Tiffany Yip, PhD (Fordham University) and Eleanor Seaton, PhD (UNC-Chapel Hill).

Moderated by Rich Lee, Psychology, U of M.

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What constitutes an ethnic identity and how does it exactly develop? Two leading scholars in the field will discuss a new NSF-funded interdisciplinary collaborative that examines new conceptualizations of ethnic identity and the contexts through which ethnic identity develops.

Following the presentation, there will be a discussion with faculty and graduate students from the humanities and behavioral/social sciences to answer the question: How can humanities and behavioral/social science scholars work collaboratively to better understand the influence of diaspora and global migration, context and location, and phenomenological ecology on the identity development of indigenous, immigrant and refugee people living in the U.S. Midwest?

Funding provided by National Science Foundation and the IAS/Mellon Foundation’s “Humanities Without Walls” Global Midwest Project. This discussion occurred Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 4:00pm in Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop.

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