February 2022

TRUTH Project: Towards Recognition and University-Tribal Healing

Since its establishment in 2020, Minnesota Transform, the $5M higher education initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has undertaken a variety of projects that support decolonial and racial justice across Minnesota, the Twin Cities, and the University. One of these is the the Towards Recognition and University-Tribal Healing (TRUTH) Project.

Information Session: Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Call for Proposals


The Institute for Advanced Study is coordinating the internal review and selection process to determine the University’s single nomination for a Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar. Seminars typically meet for one year and bring together faculty, staff, visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields, mainly, but not exclusively, in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. Participation from nearby communities and institutions is also encouraged.

Announcing the 2022–2023 IAS Faculty Fellows!

We are delighted to announce the IAS Residential Faculty Fellows for 2022–2023. 

Faculty fellows spend a semester in residence at the IAS. Together with our Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows (who spend a full academic year in residence), they constitute a supportive interdisciplinary intellectual community in which they work intensively on their own research and creative projects and gather regularly to collaborate, discuss their work, and exchange ideas.

Visiting Artists & Critics Talk: Alexandra Peck

Alexandra Peck
Visiting Scholar of Indigenous Studies, Institute for Advanced Study & Mellon Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative

Join the Department of Art for a talk with anthropologist Alexandra Peck, “Mariners, Makers, Matriarchs: Relationships Between Women & Water in Coast Salish Material Culture.”

Carolina Maranon-Cobos

290 Northrop, UMN-TC East Bank

Carolina Maranon-Cobos (she/her) is the program manager for the Institute of Advanced Study.  Originally from Mexico and a new U.S. citizen, Carolina is passionate about the power of cultural exchange as well as using the arts and education as a tool to develop understanding between communities. Before coming to the IAS, she was the Cultural Attaché at the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul, and Public Events Manager at Global Minnesota.

Centering Access & Inclusion



Classroom concerns about accessibility and inclusion can be complex, and in many ways, COVID-19 has made them more complicated. This session presents a pedagogical framework for teaching with access and inclusion - even during a pandemic. We’ll identify key concepts, review grounding principles, and discuss everyday teaching practices.

This session is the “pre-work” for the full Teaching with Access and Inclusion (TAI) program.