News & Stories
Join the IAS on Thursday afternoons for our eclectic, wide-ranging, discussion series designed for scholars from all walks of life.
Due to COVID-19, this season’s events will be held virtually, via Zoom. All events will take place at 3:30 p.m. CT.
Administratively housed here at the IAS, the new Minnesota Transform initiative will broaden relationships with local communities and build the University’s capacity to be a site of racial justice.
What happens when you turn historic preservation upside down? School of Architecture Associate Professor Greg Donofrio—also a former IAS Advisory Board member—began his career by looking at historic buildings and working backwards to people who care about buildings. “Whereas now,” he says, “I am interested in forming relationships with people and working backwards to the places they might care about in the built environment.” As he’s followed this new direction, he also co-founded the Heritage Studies and Public History graduate program, which began as an IAS Research and Creative Collaborative, and strives to add diverse perspectives to conversations about history and preservation.
Issue Seventeen (Fall 2020) of Open Rivers was created in connection with the Mellon Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative. Many of the pieces in this issue offer an implicit challenge: how might our ways of engaging environmental challenges change if we considered ourselves as related, if we considered the “natural world” as other-than-human relatives? How might this interconnectedness impact our relationships with the world around us and with each other?
This fall, Professor Catherine Squires joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs as its new associate dean. A professor of communications studies in the College of Liberal Arts since 2007, Squires is currently a member of the IAS Advisory Board and is an alum of the IAS Residential Faculty Fellows program. Squires’s work has often been interdisciplinary, community engaged, and has focused on race, gender, politics, and civic media and history.
Register now for the Spring 2021 season of the Spotlight Series: Polarization and Identities, events inspired by both the 2020 Presidential Election and the polarization that has appeared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All events will be FREE and open to the public via Zoom and moderated by John Rash, an editorial writer for the Star Tribune.
Introducing Afrofeminist Sound, Touch, and Speculation in Brixton, UK and North Minneapolis: A Transatlantic Collaboration, an IAS Research and Creative Collaborative dedicated to asking how Afrofeminist collaborative artmaking serves a critical function in the formation of diaspora as both political aspiration and solidarity for feminist futures in urban settings.
Current and former IAS Residential Faculty Fellows Rachel Hardeman, Rebecca Shlafer, Catherine Squires, and Jimmy Patiño have been busy speaking with news outlets like the Washington Post, NPR, and the Star Tribune about their work, including how police violence is impacting Black mothers and their infants, developing an anti-racist curricula in medical education, how the current COVID-19 outbreak is impacting incarcerated persons at the Stillwater prison, and the addition of a required ethnic studies course in the Minneapolis Public Schools. And more!
Introducing Julia Brokaw (Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow at the IAS, 2020–2021), working a project that aims to highlight and explore pollinator-protection initiatives and policies that generate community building and how they can translate into equitable policy making.
Introducing Gail Dubrow (IAS Faculty Fellow, Fall 2020) working on a collection of autobiographical short stories set, primarily, in a Jewish section of the Bronx and white ethnic section of Queens during her childhood, between 1954 and 1972. These stories highlight outer borough migration, school segregation and integration, and the emergence of an interrelated set of social movements to shed light on the period and place.