Institute for Advanced Study Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Understanding and Experiencing Mass Images, April 16-17, 2015 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:00:22 +0000 Michael Leja, Jennifer Greenhill, and Jennifer L. Roberts.

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Sawyer Seminar Symposium. April 8-10, 2015 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:00:44 +0000 The Once and Future River:
Imagining the Mississippi in an Era of Climate Change

April 8-10, 2015

The John E. Sawyer Seminar Spring Symposium

Our fundamental question for exploration is this: Given that we cannot “go back” in any real sense to restore the ecology or the cultural meaning of the Mississippi River, what conditions on the river shall we highlight and value as we move forward toward a deliberately chosen “new nature” for the Mississippi and its basin? More pertinent for our immediate discussions, since as academics we have only indirect influence on the material conditions of the river itself, what are the narratives that can animate action by others toward such a new nature?
River Life Program

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Near Stars: Analytic Scale and the Literary Object. Eric Hayot: Thursdays at Four, Dec. 4, 2014 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 21:00:17 +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.

What happens if we describe the current situation of literary criticism as a “crisis in largeness”? For one, recent theories of “world” literature and of quantitative textual analysis can be made to share a genealogy, one that allows us to imagine “scale” as a central feature of the ontology of literary object. This opens, in turn, the door onto a resistance to “large” scales as a feature of generic poststructuralism, which valorizes the horizontal or rhizomal against the structured and the vertical. That’s a nice story, but it doesn’t actually correspond to the way people read. So the question is whether we need to reconcile our practice to our theories of scale, or vice versa. And the next question is to ask what kinds of theories of the objects of literary analysis we have, when we subject those objects to the weight of criticism.

eric hayotHayot’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), The Hypothetical Mandarin (Oxford, 2009), and On Literary Worlds (Oxford, 2012), 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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Shakespeare in Love. Anatoly Liberman: Thursdays at Four, Nov. 20, 2014 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:00:37 +0000 Shakespeare In Love

November 20, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room — 240 Northrop

A talk by Anatoly Liberman, German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota

shakespeare liberman sanders portraitShakespeare’s sonnets tell us a story of his love for a “fair youth” and an adulterous woman. The characters are also entangled in a love triangle. Attempts to guess who the addressees were have been unsuccessful. Nor are we interested in those people’s identities.

It is the psychological drama that rivets our attention, a drama that is absorbing because the poetry is so good; it is at the level of Shakespeare’s best plays. The handsome hero of the first romance is a paragon of virtue. By contrast, the heroine is black of face and vicious. Her beauty is that of a witch. The first cycle is about the torture and blessing of love, the second about the irresistible temptation and torture of sex. The talk will provide a window into the greatest tragedy of Shakespeare’s life.

Professor Liberman has published widely across the spectrum of Germanic linguistics, but his primary interest has been the history of English words. His many works include the recent publication of a popular book for lay readers Liberman.Anatoly smilingentitled Word Origins… and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone (2005), as well as An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology (2008), and A Bibliography of English Etymology (2009).

Professor Liberman spoke in 2012 on Translating Poetry, Or, Versifying with an Accent and in 2014 on The Origins of Humor and also contributes regular posts to the Oxford University Press’s Oxford Etymologist blog.

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To Embrace Failure? A Multi-disciplinary Re-thinking. Panel: Thursdays at Four, Nov. 13, 2014 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:00:25 +0000 To Embrace Failure? A Multi-disciplinary Re-thinking.

November 13, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room — 240 Northrop

The Brecht’s America: Rehearsing Failure collaborative is an examination of the “ghostly presence” of America in the life and work of Bertolt Brecht. “Ghostly” because we do not look for American themes, real events or persons, but for “America” as a site whose imagined and real presence is only traceable through its effects: it “induced” artistic failures by Brecht and his collective, namely a failure of narration and a failure of authorship.

This panel will bring together scholars from different disciplines who have thought about “failure” and endorsed its re-conceptualization: political science, art, comparative literature and theater. In this panel we are asking; Is it possible to disentangle failure and success? Can failure be a method/tool of inquiry? Can failure be productive and as such “employed” and consciously assumed? Is failure gendered?

Juliette Cherbuliez, Comparative Literature
Nancy Luxor, Political Science
Christina Schmid, Art
Margaret Werry, Theatre Arts and Dance

Moderated by the conveners of the 2014-15 IAS Collaborative Brecht’s America: Rehearsing Failure:
Lisa Channer, Theatre Arts & Dance, CLA
Matthias Rothe, German Scandinavian & Dutch, CLA

Part of the 2014-16 University Symposium on Strategy.

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Cracks in the Walls: 25 Years After Berlin, organized by Sonja Kuftinec, Nov. 6, 2014 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:00:53 +0000

Cracks in the Walls: 25 Years After Berlin

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
Sulaiman al Khatib (tentative), Al Quds Center for Peace and Dialogue
Matthias Rothe, German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
Luverne Seifert, Theater Arts, University of Minnesota
Mona Smith, Dakota Multi-media artist

1989. People on top of the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate, in front of border guards. 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.
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.
“Art Conquers All”. This photo was taken on November 9, 2009, showing artwork on a mock-up of the Berlin Wall symbolically torn down at an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles.
Combatants for Peace members Dr. Chen Alon and Sulaiman al-Khatib demonstrate against the Israeli separation wall in Beit Jala with assistance from the U.S.-based Bread and Puppet Theater company.

Chen Alon, Ph.D. is a lecturer at Theatre Department at Tel-Aviv University and a theatre activist. As a Major (res.) he co-founded “Courage to Refuse”, a movement of officers and combatant soldiers who refuse to serve in the occupied Palestinian territories, an action for which he was sentenced to prison. Alon is also a co-founder of “Combatants for Peace”, a movement of Palestinian and Israeli combatants who have abandoned the way of violence and struggle together non-violently against the occupation. Activism in the complicated reality in Israel/Palestine led him as a professional actor and director, from the formal theatre, to search and create new forms of political activism, in the Israeli-Palestinian theatre against the occupation.

Sulaiman al Khatib is a co-founder of several non-violent activist organizations including Combatants for Peace and the Al Quds Center for Democracy and Dialogue where he currently serves as Vice President. In early 2008 he worked with an Israeli partner to found Wounded Xrossing Borders project, which brings together wounded casualties of the conflict from both sides. The participants of this long dialogue come from the mainstream in both Palestine and Israel – ex Palestinian prisoners as well as an ex Israeli Chief Warden of a jail. In August 2009 Sulaiman and his Israeli colleague, Gadi Kenny, hosted the Global Majority seminar Promoting Peace Through Dialog, with participants and professors coming from USA, Bosnia, Nigeria, Palestine, Israel, India, Holland, Japan, and Northern Ireland. In the same month they also organized the Minds of Peace negotiations for peace exercises. Sulaiman learned the basic philosophy of non-violent political struggle while serving over a decade as a political prisoner in the first Intifada.

Sonja Kuftinec is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her areas of specialization include performance and social change, community-based theater, theatrical facilitation: Middle East, Balkans, 19th- and 20th-century American theater, history and literature, women in theater, performance studies, Balkan theater, and Cornerstone Theater Company. She is the author of Theatre, Facilitation, and Nation Formation in the Balkans and Middle East (2009) and Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater (2003).

Matthias Rothe is Assistant Professor in the department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch. He received his education at University of Rostock (DDR) and at University of Hamburg in German Literature and Language and Philosophy. His PhD thesis “Reading and Spectatorship in the 18th Century” was published with Königshausen & Neumann in 2005. He currently works on Stoicism in 18th century political philosophy and Brecht’s drama fragments. His most recent publication is: Kant and Epictetus. Transformations of Imperial Stoicism”: Rochester Institute of Technology Press, in: Epictetus: His Continuing Influences and Contemporary Relevance, Dane R. Gordon, David B. Suits (eds.).

Luverne Seifert is the Head of BA Performance in the Deparment of Theatre Arts and Dance at University of Minnesota. He received a BA in Theater Arts from Augsburg College and has trained in Switzerland with the internationally renowned clown Pierre Byland. He was the recipient of a 2002 McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists, and has performed in numerous theatrical productions, including The 39 Steps, The Government Inspector, and The Ugly One at the Guthrie.

Mona Smith, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, is a multi-media artist, educator and co-founder of Allies: media/art. A former University-level educator, Smith has produced work broadcast through PBS, and shown at festivals, conferences and museums in Europe and North and South America. Her work has received awards from Native and Non-Native film and video festivals; her new media work includes art projects for the web, sites for web distribution of Native focused media, and multimedia installation work, most notably, Cloudy Waters; Dakota Reflections on the River (Minnesota History Center, 2004-2005), City Indians (Ancient Traders Art Gallery, Minneapolis, 2006-2007), and the Bdote Memory Map (in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center). Her artistic and educational practice uses image, sound and place to reinhabit the imaginations and the experience of the audience/participant, and to work between the place of healing, of relationship, of meaning, where spirit and physical, life and death, fear and strength, night and day intersect. Allies: media/art is an award-winning Dakota owned media production company, incorporated in 1996.

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The Presence of the Past: Memory, Fiction, and the Contemporary Landscape. Thursdays at Four, Oct. 30, 2014 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:00:40 +0000 The Presence of the Past: Memory, Fiction, and the Contemporary Landscape

October 30, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

Panel with Mary Relindes Ellis, author of The Bohemian Flats (2014), Catherine Watson, memoir and travel writer, and Scott Vreeland, Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner.

Faulkner said the past is not even past. David Lowenthal among others has said that the past is a foreign country. But in fact the past is all around us and constitutes a big part of our sense of who and where we are. The past is central to people’s personal stories, to well-known novels, and to our sense of where we are in the urban landscape. Come join us as three people talk about how the past is an important part of their work.

Reviewers 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.

Catherine Watson is an American travel writer, photographer and writing coach who teaches workshops in the United States and abroad. She was the founding travel editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and was its chief travel writer and photographer from 1978 until 2004. Nationally, she was a pioneer in first-person travel writing for newspapers, and her work has won many awards.

Scott Vreeland has been a teacher of kindergarten kids and college students, an actor, a community organizer and past president of the Seward and Cedar Riverside neighborhood organizations. He has a special interest in canoeing the Mississippi River and promoting alternative transportation, stormwater and water quality education, local history and native plant restoration.

Moderated by Pat Nunnally, River Life. Cosponsored by the Heritage Collaborative and the Minnesota Historical Society/University of Minnesota Heritage Partnership.

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A Network Grows in the Internet: Feminist Publishing in the Cracks of a Broken System. Carol Stabile, October 28, 2014 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:00:23 +0000 A Network Grows in the Internet:
Feminist Publishing in the Cracks of a Broken System

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 3:00-4:30pm
125 Nolte Center

A talk by Carol Stabile, Journalism/Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Oregon;
Editor, The Fembot Collective

The 2008 market collapse’s impact on academic publishing in the US was swift: university presses found their budgets cut and in some cases eliminated; faculty members – pinched by increases in class sizes and administrative work – were becoming even more reluctant to donate labor in the shape of manuscript and journal article reviews; administrators in the humanities began to consider what might happen to tenure and review processes given that fewer presses were willing to take a risk on publishing monographs by first-time authors. Feminists across disciplines had managed to create some significant beachheads in academic publishing, notably Signs, which remains very generously supported by the University of Chicago Press; Camera Obscura; Feminist Media Studies; and Differences. This presentation discusses how a small group of feminists (one that has grown from a handful of people located in Oregon in 2008 to over 150 collective members in ten different countries today) – feminists committed to analyses grounded in relations of race, class, sexuality, and ability and keenly interested in new media and technology – decided to seize the means of production, reinvent peer review, and provide a multimodal, experimental platform for scholars, artists, students, and activists. Central to this account is how Fembot and its members think about questions of labor in the context of increasingly entrepreneurial and defunded public institutions.

carol stabile rethinking visual media studiesCarol Stabile earned a PhD in English from Brown University, where she did research on gender, technology, and feminist theory. Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on gender, race, class, and sexual orientation in media and popular culture She is the author of Feminism and the Technological Fix, editor of Turning the Century: Essays in Media and Cultural Studies, co-editor of Prime Time Animation: Television Animation and American Culture, and author of White Victims, Black Villains: Gender, Race, and Crime News in US Culture. Her articles have appeared in Camera Obscura, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Cultural Studies, and Feminist Media Studies.

Stabile is currently finishing a book on women writers and the broadcast blacklist in the 1950s, entitled Black and White and Red All Over: Women Writers and the Television Blacklist and working on research on gender in massively multiplayer online games.  She is also a founder of Fembot, a scholarly collaboration promoting research on gender, media, and technology.

This talk is organized by the IAS Rethinking Visual Media Studies after the Digital Revolution Collaborative and cosponsored by the Department of Communication Studies.

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Postwar U.S. Homes and Suburban Development. Dianne Harris: Thursdays at Four, Oct. 23, 2014 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:00:14 +0000 Postwar U.S. Homes and Suburban Development

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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Transnational Genders Onscreen: Critical Asian Studies Collaborative, October 17-18, 2014 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:00:44 +0000 Transnational Genders Onscreen

October 17-18, 2014
35 Nicholson Hall

A conference organized by the IAS Critical Asian Studies Collaborative

Transnational Genders on Screen: Queer and Feminist Cinema in East and Southeast Asia, our first international symposium and film series, examines the representation of gender and identity in the films of East and Southeast Asia. A key focus will be the travel, exchange, and alteration of gendered categories, naming practices, and theoretical approaches in film and film studies. Speakers and films will address the complex meanings of terms of Western origin such as gay, transsexual, or feminism as they are reflected on the screens of Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and mainland China.

The symposium will feature prominent Chinese queer filmmaker Cui Zi’en and speakers Soyoung Kim (Korea National University of Arts), Jason McGrath (University of Minnesota), Intan Paramaditha (New York University), and Guo-juin Hong (Duke University). University of Minnesota Scholars Travis Workman, Shana Ye, and Dag Yngvesson will also introduce and discuss additional films.

Friday, October 17th

1:00-3:00pm Guo-Juin Hong, Duke University
“Theatrics of Cruising: Bath Houses and Movie Houses in Tsai Ming-liang’s Films”
3:30-5:50pm Cui Zi’en, Beijing Film Academy
Queer China (60mins), “The Kidnapped LGBT Movement and Self-tied Independent Cinema”

Saturday, October 18th

10:00am-12:00pm Intan Paramaditha, CUNY/University of Indonesia
Madame X (100min), “Post-Suharto Islamic Resurgence and the Secular Responses of Queer and Feminist Cultural Producers”
1:00-3:00pm Koes Yuliadi
3:30-5:45pm Soyoung Kim, Korean National University of Arts
Heart of Snow (80 min), “Heart of Snow: The Politics of Affect, Landscape, and Gender and Post-Soviet Koreans in Central Asia”

A Sample Symposium Discussion

How can we better understand the italicized English word gay generally employed in academic literature about Indonesia, or the local term waria, which has a centuries-long history but has just begun to be explained as “transvestism,” both locally and transnationally? By analyzing the secular responses to the contemporary re-emergence of political Islam in Indonesia through the lens of Madam X (2010) an Indonesian “transgender superhero movie,” Intan Paramaditha (NYU) will work to contextualize and historicize the queer and feminist discourses that, in parallel with more conservative strains of Islam in the general populace, have acquired a stronger currency among urban artists and intellectuals since the fall of dictator Suharto in 1998. Indonesian scholar and filmmaker Koes Yuliadi’s recent film Liku, a fictional work that draws on the lives of several of its actors – men who “play” women, both on and off the stage, in the traditional Balinese dance drama form Bali Aga – works to further deconstruct modern, local discourses of gay and transgender identity by examining the expression of non-heteronormativity among rural, lower-class Balinese artists.

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Rosas danst Rosas. Panel: Thursdays at Four, Oct 16, 2014 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:00:33 +0000 Rosas danst Rosas: A Panel Discussion of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Dance-Theater Work

October 16, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room — 240 Northrop

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

Join Philip Bither, Walker Art Center’s Senior Curator of Performing Arts, and performers from internationally renowned dance-theater artist Anne Theresa de Keersmaeker’s production of her work Rosas, being mounted at the Walker in collaboration with Northrop Presents for the very first time in the Midwest 31 years after its groundbreaking European debut. Now widely-viewed as a seminal work of art for its rhythmic complexity, stylized minimalism, nuanced feminism, and choreographic rigor, the piece has had an impact on several generations of dance creators on both sides of the Atlantic. The work’s influence has extended beyond dance circles into theater, design, music, and seeped into popular culture—one well-known example being the video for Beyonce’s hit “Countdown”, which drew directly from the costuming, set, and choreography of the original Rosas.

Philip Bither has been Walker Art Center’s Senior Curator of Performing Arts since April 1997, overseeing one of the country’s leading contemporary performing arts programs. He has overseen significant expansion of the Performing Arts program, including the building of the McGuire Theater, an acclaimed new theatrical space within the Walker expansion (2005), the raising of the program’s first commissioning and programming endowment, the commissioning of more than 100 new works in dance, music and performance, and the annual presentation/residency support of dozens of contemporary performing arts creators, established and emerging. Prior to this, he served as Director of Programming/Artistic Director for the Flynn Center, later becoming Associate Director/Music Curator at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). He received the Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award in 2009. He sits on numerous federal, state, local, and national foundation arts panels and he speaks and writes about the contemporary performing arts nationally.

This discussion is presented in collaboration with Northrop Presents.

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Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Can Help. Sandra Zellmer: Thursdays at Four, Oct. 9, 2014 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:00:11 +0000 Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Can Help

October 9, 2014, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

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

sandra zellmerIt’s seductively deceptive to call floods and other catastrophes “natural.” They are anything but. Storms may well be natural phenomenon, but humans have an uncanny ability to exacerbate their own vulnerability to them by shortsighted engineering projects, undue faith in technology, poor decisionmaking processes that encourage development in the floodplain, and federal, state, and local subsidies. The acknowledgement of our own responsibility for unnatural disasters can lead to blame and finger-pointing, but it can also prod us to confront the consequences of our actions, leading to the knowledge necessary to avoid future disasters. This, in turn, can stimulate a liberating sense of possibility and opportunity—melding our own social and economic aspirations with the environmental imperatives of water and waterbodies. If we acknowledge that at least some disasters are unnatural, not uncontrollable “acts of God,” then we have a fighting chance at making better laws and better decisions in the future.

Sandra Zellmer began teaching at the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2003. She 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.

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.
1.5 CLE credits have been requested, Event Code 196062. Parking & Directions

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Information Session on IAS Faculty Fellowships, October 8, 2014 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:43 +0000 fellows 2014-15 crop2

Information Sessions on IAS Faculty Fellowships

Wednesday, October 8, 12-1:30 p.m.
274 McNeal Hall (Fireplace Room)

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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Literary Analysis of World Bank Reports: Franco Moretti, Thursdays at Four, Oct. 2, 2014 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:00:21 +0000 The World According to the Bank:
an Analysis of World Bank Reports, 1946-2010

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

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

Like the post-world-war-II capitalism which it contributed to reorganize and transform, the World Bank seems to have gone through two fundamental periods: the age of reconstruction and infrastructure – the “Trente Glorieuses” from the end of war to the mid-Seventies – and the phase of neo-liberal market-driven globalization, from 1980 to the present. This project assumes the Bank’s economic policies as a given background, but focuses on the discursive sections of the yearly reports, in order to highlight how this primum movens of contemporary globalisation communicates and legitimizes its actions: a “public discourse” that has increased its relevance over the years, as if the Bank’s strictly economic function needed to be complemented by the symbolic establishment of a sort of “atmosphere of economic liberalism”.

franco morettiThrough a study of selected keywords – “trade”, “private/public”, “poverty”, “environment” and more – this talk brings to light the semantic fields constitutive of the World Bank’s “rhetoric of globalization”: from the geography of the contemporary world-system to the “knowledge” whereby the Bank justifies its policies, to the ever-expanding semantic network associated to the notions of “loan” and of “debt”.

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.

This talk is cosponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World.

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Information Session on IAS Faculty Fellowships, October 2, 2014 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:00:45 +0000 201309 Fellows retreat  crop

Information Sessions 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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North Korea’s Female Factor: Nils Weisensee, October 1, 2014 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:30:40 +0000 North Korea’s Female Factor:
How women push for positive change in the DPRK

October 1, 2:30-4:00pm
125 Nolte Center

A talk by Nils Weisensee, Entrepreneurship Programs Coordinator, Choson Exchange

Even today, North Korea remains an extremely secluded society which has only limited contact with the rest of the world. That lack of exchange, and the international sanctions against the country, have left its economy struggling. But on the ground, things are changing: Young women and men are starting businesses, and experimenting with new economic policies that drive positive change. Choson Exchange supports these young professionals with intensive trainings on entrepreneurship, finance, policy, and law. Nils Weisensee has been leading several workshops in the DPRK and will be talking about his impressions, answer questions, and discuss the impact of Choson Exchange in the country.

Nils Weisensee is the Entrepreneurship Programs Coordinator at the Singapore-based non-profit Choson Exchange. He is a co-founder of two coffee companies in Shanghai, and is teaching business skills to students and young entrepreneurs in China and North Korea. Previously, he worked as a China correspondent for international news agencies and served as Product Manager at a social media company in Shanghai. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from Hamline University, and his M.A. in Political Science and Media Studies from the University of Trier in Germany.
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Information Session on IAS Faculty Fellowships, October 1, 2014 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:20:48 +0000 fellows 2014-15 crop1

Information Sessions on IAS Faculty Fellowships

Wednesday, October 1, 12:20-1:10 p.m.
5-545 Diehl Hall Learning Commons

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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Read the Reading Pictures: Gestures, Scenes and Culture of Reading in Traditional China. Zhaohui He, September 29, 2014 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:15:32 +0000 Read the Reading Pictures: Gestures, Scenes and Culture of Reading in Traditional China

Monday, September 29, 2014, at 12:15-1:15pm
InFlux Space, Regis Center for Art (East)

A talk by Zhaohui He 何朝晖, a very distinguished scholar of Chinese print culture and book history and Fulbright Scholar at The George Washington University

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Painting by Gu Jianlong (1606 to ~1687) of Wang Shimin (at center, surrounded by books), owned by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Cosponsored by the Departments of Asian Languages & Literatures, Art, and Art History, the Institute for Global Studies and the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, and the Center for Early Modern History and the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World.

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Strategies for a Sense of Place: Taking Advantage of Location. Thursdays at Four, Sept. 25, 2014 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:00:45 +0000 Strategies for a Sense of Place: Taking Advantage of Location

September 25, 2014, at 4:00pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

Discussion with John Bryson, Planning & Public Affairs, and Pat Nunnally, River Life

The University of Minnesota occupies a unique location: on one of the great rivers of the world, and a land grant university in a large metropolitan area.  But that sense of place becomes “strategic” when the University uses it to further its overall mission and goals, as a world-class comprehensive teaching, research, and engagement university.

Two U of M experts, one from the faculty and a long-time staff member, discuss different ways in which a strategic approach to the University’s location can be advantageous.  The facilitated conversation will explore starting points for strategic planning, pitfalls and challenges that may be encountered on the way, obstacles that are distinctive to large-scale collaborative efforts, and how strategic planning can be understood as successful.

John M. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs and Interim Associate Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He works in the areas of leadership, strategic management, and the design of organizational and community change processes. He wrote the best-selling and award-winning, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 4th Edition (2011), and co-wrote with Barbara C. Crosby the award-winning Leadership for the Common Good, 2nd Edition (2005). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Prof. Bryson has received many awards for his work, including four best book awards, three best article awards, the General Electric Award for Outstanding Research in Strategic Planning from the Academy of Management, and the Distinguished Research Award and the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration given jointly by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. In 2011 he received the Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration; the award honors persons who have made “outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended scholarly career of at least 25 years.” He serves on the editorial boards of the Public Management Review, International Public Management Journal, American Review of Public Administration, and Journal of Public Affairs Education.

From 2004 to 2008 he was associate dean for research at the Humphrey School. From 1998 to 2000 he was director of the School’s Master of Public Affairs degree; from 1997 to 2000 he was collegiate program leader for the University of Minnesota Extension Service; from 1997 to 1999, he was director of the School’s Reflective Leadership Center; and from 1983 to 1989, he was associate director of the University’s Strategic Management Research Center. He has consulted with a wide variety of governing bodies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations in North America and Europe.

He holds a doctorate and master of science degree in urban and regional planning and a master of arts degree in public policy and administration, all from the University of Wisconsin.

As the coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s River Life program, Pat Nunnally works to establish lasting relationships among the University of Minnesota and groups working on river sustainability.

In the past two decades, Nunnally has developed a unique practice as a consulting historian, communications manager and interpretive planner, with a focus on rivers, trails and scenic byways. He has organized events and conferences with a Mississippi River connection, and has presented his work at numerous academic and professional meetings. He’s also worked with public agencies and private firms on many planning projects for culturally sensitive sites.

Nunnally’s writings have appeared in a variety of forms, including the ongoing blog River Talk. His latest published piece is a short reflection on the importance of diverse stories in shaping an inclusive future for the Mississippi River. The City, the River, the Bridge, an edited collection of essays examining the consequences and aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse, was published in January 2011.

Since 1999, Nunnally has served on the U of M faculty, teaching classes in landscape planning and urban studies. He holds graduate degrees in English, American studies and landscape architecture from Vanderbilt University, the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota.

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The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: Weiming Lu, Sept. 18, 2014 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:00:42 +0000 The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation:
Building a Livable Creative Urban Village

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

A talk by internationally recognized urban planner and designer Weiming Lu.

Download: audio, small video, or original.


Download: audio, small video, or original.

Building livable, creative, equitable, and sustainable cities is a common community goal, but drawing from several disciplines to achieve it may pose considerable challenge. Public/private partnership is popular today, but making it work in a complex world is difficult.

In The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, Weiming Lu shares his experience in creating a new vision, marketing an area that has suffered decades of disinvestment, taking calculated risks to attract new investment, negotiating complex loans and guarantees, and leveraging resources. He explains how to form complex partnerships with those in the public and private sectors, avoid competition while fostering collaboration, share common goals, and marshal diverse resources. He applies his multidisciplinary approach to guiding diverse project designs and creating a sense of place. He shares the difficulties of, and his own successs and failures in, working to advance the long-term interest of a community.

Having seen the destruction caused by the urban “renewal” in many cities—cities that have become formless and their people rootless—Lu strives for urban rejuvenation without gentrification, for balancing economic development with social advancement, for preserving the old while welcoming the new, and above all, for building livable, creative, equitable, and sustainable cities.

weiming lu portraitWeiming Lu has earned international recognition for his work in American cities, for his consulting work in cities around the world, and for his writings and lectures on city design, urban conservation, and development.

His vision and persistent effort with public and private partners have helped to rejuvenate cities and build communities including a creative urban village in Saint Paul, the arts district of Dallas, and downtown Minneapolis. His preservation work helped save the Texas School Book Depository and revive inner-city neighborhoods in Dallas, ensure the passage of Minnesota’s Heritage Preservation Act, and effect historic rehabilitation in Minneapolis and across the state of Minnesota.

He has contributed to books on preservation, urban design, and environment including Economic Benefits of Preserving Old Buildings, Old and New Architecture Design Relationships, Global Environment and Metropolis (in Japanese), Shan Shui Cities and Architecture (in Chinese), and Hosting the Olympics (in Korean and English).

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

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thinking making living Gallery Opening and Public Reception. September 12, 2014 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:00:28 +0000 thinking making living Gallery Opening and Public Reception

Friday, September 12, 2014, at 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, E201 Regis Center for Art

thinking making living is a group exhibition and series of related public programs, organized by a curatorial team that includes members of the IAS Engaged Art in the Social Sphere Collaborative, investigating socially engaged artistic practices that invite participation, foster collaboration, and imagine cross-disciplinary approaches to the social, political and ecological issues of our time. This public reception will include two artistic performances:

Edible Insect Tasting by Kate Casanova

Come together and experience a culinary treat that many non-Westerners already know to be delicious, insects. Guests sample crickets, mealworms and wax worms. The tasting challenges preconceived notions of taboo and disgust and proposes insects as a new form of nutritious and sustainable protein.
engaged art CASANOVA edible insects

Socially I am Awkward by Janaki Ranpura

Awkward Cards can ease the socially challenging situations in which you find yourself. Nervous about entering an interactive event populated by strangers? Feel like standing in the corner alone? Write yourself an Awkward Card to hand people: “I am actually having fun alone. I am fine.”
engaged art RANPURA
The thinking making living exhibition will run from September 2 – December 13, 2014, Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.

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SOLO and the 2012 and 2013 McKnight Artist Fellows in Dance, Sep. 11, 2014 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:00:21 +0000 Dancer as Driver: SOLO and the 2012 and 2013 McKnight Artist Fellows in Dance

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

Discussion with Ashwini Ramaswamy, Stephen Schroeder, Tamara Ober, and Kari Mosel

Download: audio, small video, or original.

Northrop’s McKnight Artist Fellowship program funds the commission of solo works for McKnight Dance Fellows from national and international choreographers selected by the dancers themselves. This turns the tables on the typical dancer-choreographer relationship, putting the dancers “in the driver’s seat.” Join us for an inside glimpse of the creative process behind these wildly diverse new works, which will receive their premieres in Northrop in October.

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

>> 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 17:00:11 +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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Trapped by History: the Past and Future of the Upper Mississippi River. John Anfinson, Sep. 9, 2014 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:37 +0000 Trapped by History:
the Past and Future of the Upper Mississippi River

John O. Anfinson, Superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Download: audio, small video, or original.


Download: audio, small video, or original.

The Mississippi River today has become an artifact of human construction, because of what humans have done to it over the past 150 years. Navigation improvements, floodplain levees, a refuge and even early biological manipulations have transformed the upper Mississippi River’s physical and ecological character. A key question we face today is: Are we trapped by that history, or can we make changes that will ensure that the river’s ecosystems are healthy and abundant. In his presentation, Dr. John O. Anfinson will try to answer these questions and hint at where the upper Mississippi River may be headed.

Anfinson’s talk is part of a series of public events associated with the John E. Sawyer Seminar “Making the Mississippi: Formulating new water narratives for the 21st century and beyond.” The Sawyer Seminar is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For information on other public events in the series, send a message to

John AnfinsonJohn O. Anfinson is Superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a 72-mile long unit of the National Park System on the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. John has been researching, writing and speaking about the upper Mississippi River for over 25 years. He is the author of The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi (2003), River of History (2003) and many articles about the Mississippi River. In 2005 John was one of ten U.S. delegates to the joint U.S./Dutch symposium on water resources at The Hague, Netherlands sponsored by the Institute for Water Resources and the Rijkswaterstaat. More recently John helped initiate the Asian Carp Task Force for Minnesota and serves as co-chair of the effort.

From 1980 to 2000, John worked for the St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers, as a cultural resources specialist and District Historian. He moved to the National Park Service in June of 2000. John is a founding board member of Friends of the Mississippi River, an organization that focuses on the environmental health of the Mississippi in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He is also on the Minnesota Marine Art Museum board. John holds a PhD 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”. This talk occurred on September 9, 2014, at 7:00pm in Best Buy Theater, Northrop.

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Class with Osnel Delgado, 2014 McKnight International Dance Fellow; Talk by Fernando Saez. August 23, 2014 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:30:44 +0000 Free Intermediate/Advanced Community Class led by Osnel Delgado
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Saturday, August 23, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Northrop — Rehearsal Room

Osnel 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. Copresented with Northrop Presents.

Baseball and Dance in Cuba

Saturday, August 23, 11:30 – 1:00 pm
Best Buy Theater, Northrop

A talk by Fernando Saez

Fernando Saez is cofounder of MalPaso Dance Company and director of the Performing Arts Program of Fundación Ludwig de Cuba. While not a professional dancer himself, Saez has been involved in developing and promoting Cuban artistic expression, primarily through dance, for decades. He cofounded MalPaso with Osnel Delgado in 2013, as a way to foster Cuban choreography and to encourage connection with modern and contemporary American dance, since, as he puts it, “[the] genesis of Cuban modern dance and ballet lies in a very profound relationship with American dance.”  He continues to work with numerous companies and organizations with the larger goal of establishing Cuba as a global artistic force.  Copresented with Northrop Presents.
An in-depth article from the Cuban Art News about MalPaso Dance Company (with video)

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