Grant and Award Recipients

Since its inception, the Imagine Fund has provided not only critical funding support for innovative scholarship but also valuable opportunities for faculty to learn about research and opportunities for collaborations across the system. This page is intended to create visibility for the work supported by the awards, promote cross-system exchange, and advance aligned MPact2025 goals related to community engagement, multidisciplinary research and teaching, and other key priorities.


2022-2023 Recipients

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2022-2023 Recipients

The Arts, Humanities, and Design Chair Award

2023-25 Co-Chairs: Lorenzo Fabbri (French and Italian Studies, College of Liberal Arts) and Margaret Hennefeld (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, College of Liberal Arts)

Maggie Hennefeld is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is author of Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes (Columbia UP, 2018), an editor of the journal Cultural Critique (UMN Press) and of two volumes: Unwatchable (Rutgers UP, 2019) and Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence (Duke UP, 2020). She is also a curator of the 4-disc DVD/Blu-ray set, Cinema’s First Nasty Women (Kino Lorber, 2022), which includes 99 archival feminist silent films. The project has been favorably reviewed by The New York Times, Silent London, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nitrateville, and Criterion. She has curated numerous silent film programs and festivals around the world in Italy, Mexico, Istanbul, London, Paris, Toronto, Los Angeles, Providence, New York, and throughout the Midwest.

Lorenzo Fabbri is Associate Professor and Director of Italian Studies in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He has published extensively in film studies and critical theory, with his work appearing in venues such as ScreenDiacriticsRes PublicaCritical Inquiry, and Radical Philosophy Review. His second book, Cinema Is the Strongest WeaponRace-Making and Resistance in Fascist Italy is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press in 2023. A 2019-21 McKnight Land-grant Professor for his new project on “libertarian Fascism,” in Spring 2022 Lorenzo was a Distinguished Lecturer in Race and Ethnicity at the University of Toronto. From 2014 to 2019, Lorenzo programmed the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Italian Film Festival – as curator he hosted a series of community talkbacks with visiting filmmakers on the legacy of Italian colonialism in East Africa and created the “Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards,” an initiative connecting artists from underrepresented backgrounds residing in Italy and Minnesota. 

Curating Diversity: Community Engagement through Film Programming 

This joint project will promote cultural education and social justice by screening rare, unseen, marginalized, and archival cinema at a range of venues across the Twin Cities and UMN campuses via two new film festivals: The Twin Cities Black Europe Film Festival and Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour—Minneapolis. Fabbri’s project uses cinema to project a more diverse and inclusive understanding of contemporary Europe, as well as to inspire and empower local Black communities; Hennefeld’s project is dedicated to programming international archival films at cultural venues across the Twin Cities.

The Special Events Grant Program

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

  • Kirsten Delegard, University of Minnesota Libraries; Department of History, College of Liberal Arts

Bridging Faultlines: Stories of Racism and Resistance 

“Bridging Faultlines” celebrated the launch of a new set of digital shorts created by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) that was released in January 2023. These new “Jim Crow of the North stories” follow the ongoing impact of the partnership between Mapping Prejudice and its community collaborators; they serve as the next installment of Jim Crow of the North, the 2019 Emmy-award-winning documentary that introduced Mapping Prejudice to millions of viewers across the country. “Bridging Faultlines” screened the shorts, which were interspersed with performances by musicians and other artists who shared work related to housing justice in song and spoken word.

  • Erin Durban, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts

Queer and Trans* Ecologies Symposium

The Queer and Trans* Ecologies (QTE) Interdisciplinary Initiative hosted a symposium at the University of Minnesota March 23-25, 2023; the symposium advanced intersectional approaches to gender, sexuality, and the environment. Unlike a traditional academic symposium, the event included workshops (publishing, printmaking, fermenting, creative writing), art exhibits and performances, and trips to learn about local environmental justice efforts. More than two dozen established artists, activists, practitioners, and scholars from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences gave presentations, participated on roundtables, and engaged in reflective conversations about the field of queer and trans* ecologies. The project’s goal was to foster dynamic interdisciplinary exchanges that cross-pollinate environmental justice efforts led by marginalized people.

  • Margaret Hennefeld, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, College of Liberal Arts

Twin Cities Silent Film Project

This project brings archival silent film screenings to the Twin Cities, with an emphasis on programming events that facilitate dialogue between faculty/students at UMN in Moving Image and Media Studies (MIMS) and broader local film communities. With the support of the Imagine Fund, Hennefeld curated events throughout the Twin Cities over the past year, and teamed up with Arab Film Festival programmer Michelle Baroody to launch a new initiative called “Film Archives Without Borders.” Hennefeld is also working with an IAS Collaborative group on “Media Archives for the Future” to create future programming. Hennefeld will bring more archival films with live music to a range of new venues, sourcing digital scans of celluloid prints from all over the world, and continue the important work of community-building between the University and local film audiences.

  • Jeanne Kilde, Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Historic Artwork in a North Minneapolis Landmark;  Or, How Zodiac Paintings in a Former Synagogue Bridged the Jewish and Black Communities

This project will bring to public attention the unique, historic interior of the First Church of God in Christ (FCOGIC), which was erected in North Minneapolis in 1926 as Tifereth B'nai Jacob. The building's extant interior (dating to 1932), is a rare example of immigrant synagogue painting based on Bessarabian practices. The building is a testament to the lives and mutual engagement and interactions of Jews and African Americans in North Minneapolis in the twentieth century, and a symposium held in May 2023 explored those experiences and relationships. The project also developed a public traveling exhibition of photographs and interpretive material. Both the exhibit and the symposium featured participants from the Jewish and Black communities that have historical or current ties to the building, along with academic historians and art historians.

  • Dingliang Yang, Architecture, College of Design

World Expo: An Experimental Field of Better Urban Future (Exhibition)

In the context of Minnesota’s effort to host Expo 2027, this project explores the World Expo both as a subject and object that is dedicated to making a better built environment for people; it also seeks to communicate this history to the wider audience through an exhibition on World Expos. The exhibition will focus on two paradigms through the lens of World Expo, one of the most influential megaevents globally: 1) as an experimental field of architecture and urbanism; and 2) as a contested terrain that contributes to social progress in equity, health, and wellness. Using multimedia, including graphics, models, projections, and videos, the exhibition will indicate the evolution of architecture through the lens of World Expositions from 1851 to 2020. Furthermore, by recognizing how important Expos have been in presenting alternate viewpoints and even opposing ideas, the exhibition will identify, reveal, and showcase specific Expos and particular buildings that created a platform for the negotiation and enhancement of new social relationships in a more open and equitable world that promotes the advancement of new values and social norms.

Annual Faculty Research Grants

University of Minnesota–Crookston 

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Department

  • James Foss and Katy Chapman, Dispositional Impacts of Music and Art on Sustainability Goal Commitment
  • Rachel McCoppin, The Goddess Figure: Myth, Folklore, and On-Site Narrations
  • Ali Saeedi, Enterprise Risk Management and Financial Distress: The Impact of Women Advisory Board Membership

University of Minnesota–Duluth 

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

  • Alison Aune, Funding for essential travel in Sweden to prepare for upcoming exhibitions, workshops, and lectures on historic and contemporary innovations in Swedish Folk Art
  • Scott Boyle, Design and build an automated lift system for use in theatre productions 
  • Evan Brier, Investigate the idea of the "sellout" in 20th-century literature and the arts
  • Jeff Kalstrom, Construct large artwork comprising multiple columns of thaumatropes (spinning discs) 
  • Brett Linski, Make digital recordings of Nocturne and Fantasia by Mark Buller, and Visions and Memories by Justin Rubin
  • Suki Mozenter, Community-engaged literary study of representations of marginalized communities in elementary classroom libraries  
  • Tom Pfotenhauer, Learn Ableton Live, a digital audio workstation capable of being utilized in live performance, composition, teaching, recording, and mixing and mastering
  • Justin Rubin, Recording music inspired by the intersection of Latinx and Jewish subjects through a collaboration with Latinx performers
  • Diana Shapiro, Create, record, and publish original transcriptions of famous orchestra scores for piano duet for performances at schools, summer camps, youth assemblies, and libraries to promote accessibility of classical music 
  • David Short, Work with psychologists and counselors to create and test the potential of personal mantras as a positive therapeutic benefit and community-impact device 
  • Maureen Tobin Stanley, Investigate a double movement in cultural memory dynamics: remediation and premediation  
  • Katie Van Wert, The Storytelling Project, a partnership between student volunteers and adults with cerebral palsy to produce finished stories (fiction or nonfiction)
  • Matthew Wagner, Travel to Paris to study with Roxane Butterfly, protégé of American tap legend Jimmy Slyde   
  • Becky Webster, Produce a book that will consist of: a map of the journey the Haudenosaunee Peacemaker and his partner took to bring the Haudenosaunee people together; Oneida/Mohawk vocabulary words; Oneida/Mohawk segments of the account; a full English translation of the story; and discussions about how the teachings remain relevant today 
  • David Woodward, Research trip to the island of Inisheer off the coast of western Ireland to interface with the local community and lead an effort to develop a cultural interpretation plan for the island  

University of Minnesota–Morris 

Humanities Division

  • Priyanka Basu, Attending Festivals and Screenings of Contemporary Experimental and Artists’ Film 
  • Sarah B. Buchanan, Cemeteries as Sites of Confrontation in the Films of Ousmane Sembène 
  • Dan Demetriou, Caesar Chavez and Comfort Women Monuments 
  • Julie Eckerle, Early Modern Family Correspondence in the North Yorkshire County Record Office  
  • Michael Lackey, A Battle against Mental Illness: Biofictions about Empress Elisabeth 
  • Jason Ramey, Architectural Remnants of Domestic Interior Spaces
  • Jennifer Rothchild, GUNS, SEX, AND MASCULINITY
  • Nadezhda Sotirova, Mistrust and Public Health: The cultural negotiation of trust and public health communication in Bulgaria

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 

College of Design

  • Elizabeth Bye, Co-Designing Restorative Apparel Part 2
  • Vincent deBritto, Visual representations of the destruction of Old Southside
  • Gail Dubrow (with Laura Leppink), Mapping Disability Heritage on the National Landscape
  • Lucy Dunne, A Blue-light Phototherapy Garment Prototype
  • Jessica Garcia Fritz, Automated Colonization: Contemporary Specifications and the Dispossession of Indigenous Lands
  • Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, When you can’t – Architecture and spirituality in displacement
  • Terresa Moses, From Anti to Liberation X Design
  • Julia Robinson, Investing with North Minneapolis
  • Jessica Rossi-Mastracci, RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: Testing Land-based Infrastructures (LBI) for Climate Change Adaptation
  • Ji Youn Shin, Asset-Based Approaches to Supporting Mental Health: Co-Design with International Students and Mental Health Counselors
  • Malini Srivastava and Brad Holschuh, Active knits as building shells for energy use reduction
  • Dingliang Yang, World's Fair: An Experimental Field of Architecture and Urbanism

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 

College of Liberal Arts

  • Hassan Abdel Salam, The Great Reversal: How Nations in the Muslim World Went from Tolerating to Repressing Same-Sex Practices, 1750-2023
  • Hakim Abderrezak,The Translation of a Book and the Making of Another
  • Sinem Casale, Art, Diplomacy and Food Culture between Europe and the Muslim Mediterranean in Early Modernity
  • Lisa Channer, Completion of Denim Shorts trilogy of short feminist Westerns
  • Juliette Cherbuliez, Beyond Testimony: Early Modern Wartime and the Aesthetics of Violence
  • Sivan Cohen Elias, Electroacoustic Improv Trio Album
  • Penny Edgell, Religion, Spirituality, and Meaning in the Contemporary United States
  • Ofelia Ferran, A Tiger’s Leap into the Past: The Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War in the Work of Francesc Torres
  • Carl Flink, Testing, Developing and Building the "Dirt Box" for Battleground
  • Njeri Githire, Lights! Camera! Digital Revolution: East African Cinema in the 21st Century
  • Jessica Gordon-Roth, Recovering and Reclaiming the Voice of an Early Modern Woman Philosopher: Catharine Trotter Cockburn
  • Sarah Holtman, Kantian Justice as Civic Respect
  • Michael Lower, Hakoah Vienna: A Jewish Sports Club’s Story of War, Holocaust, and Defiance
  • Matthew Rahaim, Improvising Relationality
  • Gabriela Spears-Rico, Mestizaje and Cultural Appropriation in Michoacan
  • Bula Wayessa, Documenting Endangered Indigenous Technology: The Case of Pottery Making in Wollega, Ethiopia

2021-2022 Recipients

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2021-2022 Recipients

The Arts, Humanities, and Design Chair Award

The Arts, Humanities, and Design Chair Award is a two-year award in which the faculty awardee works with a group of faculty, staff, students, and other collaborators to create a program of activities for the University community and the community at large. The goal of these projects is to catalyze cross-departmental, intercollegiate, multi-campus, and collaborative work. 

The chair position supports an emergent process that includes a generative first year and a second year of visible public activities that engage the campus and local communities. The chair can either assemble collaborators, or groups can come together and name a chair from among the collaborators. The outcome of these activities should galvanize sustained intellectual dialogue around a particular academic theme. The program of interrelated activities typically includes: workshops, symposia, reading groups, speaker events, public engagement actions, partnerships across and outside the university, graduate and undergraduate classes, exhibitions, lectures, and performances.

This Award application and review process is administered by the Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs

  • 2021-23 Chair - Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, College of Design
    Tasoulla Hadjiyanni is a Northrop Professor in the Interior Design Program. Her scholarship builds on interdisciplinary partnerships and community engagement to explore how the design of built environments can eliminate disparities and help create communities where everyone can thrive. Her specialties and expertise include residential environments; cultural aspects of space; displacement/emplacement; human trafficking; and mental health.

    Consider - A documentary on built environments and social exclusion
    Families without a home, children who cannot read, and parents in search of safety and stability are everyday realities in many of our diverse communities. CONSIDER follows Black single mothers in YWCA-St Paul’s supportive housing and University of Minnesota design students and educators as they consider what co-parenting homes could look like. In the process, they embark on introspections around the creation of built environments where everyone can thrive, reaffirming what it means to be human. More information can be found at:


  • 2022-24 Chair - Diane Willow, Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts
    Diane Willow is a Professor of Art, multi-modal artist, and a CLA Scholar of the College. Her creative research engages any medium necessary to create participatory modes of art that invite us to contemplate our relationships with nature, technology, and one another. With each of the interdisciplinary collaborations that she has initiated, including CHANT (Culture, Healing, Art, Nature, and Technology) and the ArTeS (Art + Technology + Science) Collaborative Research Studio, she centers the arts as a catalyst for creative interdependence.

    ArTeS as a Catalyst for Creative Interdependence
    The “ArTeS as a Catalyst for Creative Interdependence” initiative focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations that center equity and justice while generating collaborative art-centered research and inclusive processes that intersect with emerging technologies and science. The core ArTeS collaborative is composed of faculty in the arts, humanities, design, and computer science who share a commitment to reimagining our research and teaching toward shared yet varied approaches to inclusive, interdisciplinary modalities. The ArTeS initiative advocates for the arts and their transformational capacity to catalyze creative interdependence. The initiative will also expand collaborations across the university and with local community partners. ArTeS is intended to be a space for wholeness, a context in which creativity, equity, justice, and culture are integral to research and pedagogy at the nexus of art, technology, and science. 

Special Events Award

The Special Events Grant Program seeks to support new and ongoing activities across the University of Minnesota system that promote profound understanding of the human condition, excellence, innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary dialogue, and greater public engagement with the University.

Special Events Grants are highly competitive and must relate to the areas of the arts, humanities, or design. Awards rarely will be granted for traditional academic symposia or conferences—these types of events must be innovative and include a significant public engagement component. It is recommended, but not required, that applicants seek collaboration and co-sponsors through the IAS or other centers and colleges.

Special Events Grants are administered by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a systemwide institute for advancing interdisciplinary collaborations, including the arts, humanities, and design.

University of Minnesota-Duluth

  • David Beard, Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 

    Celebrating the Past and Moving into a Diverse Present with the Duluth Poets Laureate
    Imagine Funds will be used to support a reading series celebrating the past and looking toward the future of the Duluth Poet Laureate Program. The Duluth Poet Laureate Project was founded in 2005 as a way of honoring local poets and encouraging the appreciation of poetry. There have been six poets laureate previously selected over the years, including Bart Sutter, Sheila Packa, Deborah Cooper, Jim Johnson (twice), Ellie Schoenfeld, and Gary Boelhower. The Duluth Poet Laureate Project receives support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library; Lake Superior Writers; Arrowhead Reading Council; the English department at the College of St. Scholastica; the English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies department at UMD; and Lake Superior College. A twelve-person committee oversees the work of the Project. 

University of Minnesota-Morris

  • Ann DuHamel, Music

    Prayers for a Feverish Planet: Music and Conversation About Climate Change
    This project is a musical response to climate change, featuring more than 60 works for piano and piano/electronics by composers on six continents. The project's public debut was made possible by a 2022 Imagine Fund Special Events grant: a multi-day series with eight concerts on the Morris campus, coinciding with Earth Day in April 2022. Each concert centered around a different theme, including water, grief and anxiety, human "progress," trees and hope, and more; DuHamel (Associate Professor of Music at UMM and IAS Faculty Fellow, Fall semester 2021) was joined on stage by a guest speaker for each event -- Kate Knuth, climate activist; Troy Goodnough, sustainability director at UMM; professors of Environmental Studies at UMM; and others. The project also includes an upcoming tree planting on the Morris campus (postponed from its original spring date due to storms). 

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • Shir Alon, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts

    The Contemporary Piyyut: Global Networks of Middle Eastern and North African Music
    This grant will fund a symposium organized by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the School of Music, November 14-15, 2022. Piyyutim are Jewish liturgical poems traditionally sung in religious gatherings. This symposium, dedicated to piyyutim in contemporary culture, will include both public facing and academic talks on the recent shifts in the settings in which piyyutim are performed; the ongoing exchange between the piyyut archive and other art forms and media; the sociocultural and political contexts in which piyyutim function today; and the ways they connect various communities, sites, and identities. The symposium will also include a concert by an ensemble from Israel/New York together with local musicians, a keynote lecture by poet and translator Peter Cole, and workshops with choreographers, writers, and filmmakers who draw on the piyyut tradition.
  • Bianet Castellanos, American Studies, College of Liberal Arts

    Indigenous Heritage Languages of the Global South Project
    This project will develop workshops and programming to support Indigenous students’ heritage language learning. These events will create greater awareness of heritage languages within the Latinx and Indigenous Latinx communities and will build the institutional knowledge necessary to implement a heritage language program at El Colegio High School and Academia Cesar Chavez. The grant will support 1) three workshops focusing on the importance of heritage language programs and how to develop these for K-12 education; 2) a faculty-mentored high school YPAR student project; and 3) conclude with a community forum on heritage languages of Latin America.
  • Palita Chunsaengchan, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts

    Southeast Asian Cinema and Its Diaspora: Theory/Praxis/Politics 
    This event brings together film practitioners, academics, and other stakeholders from across Southeast Asia for a series of public talks, workshops, and a two-day public screening of Southeast Asian films at the University of Minnesota. This program is interdisciplinary in that it seeks to enhance collaborations across fields, methodologies, and areas of expertise. It also aims to invite participants to consider contemporary Southeast Asian cinema as a productive site that processes historical and political events, especially after many atrocities that took place in the region. The series celebrates Southeast Asian cinema and, most importantly, the people behind it for their creativity and resilience, and acknowledges their contributions to the global collective of film theory, praxis, and politics of filmmaking.
  • Christina Ewig, Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs 

    Women and Two-Spirit Native Americans Leading for the Next Generation
    The Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy hosted two public-facing events in 2022: Leading for the 7th Generation, and Advocating for Systems Change for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives. Both events highlighted the critical work and leadership of Minnesota Indigenous women and communities. Leading for the 7th Generation provided an opportunity for community members to learn about seventh generation principles. The seventh generation mindset is about stewarding resources—such as land, water, and indigenous languages—in the interest of building a sustainable future for descendants, while simultaneously tending to the well-being of contemporary Native nations. Advocating for Systems Change for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives, offered a public conversation about the work being done on the local, state, and federal level to address the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and communities. Minnesota established the first statewide task force on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women in 2019, followed by the Presidential Task Force in 2021. 
  • Boris Oicherman, Curator for Creative Collaboration, Weisman Art Museum

    The Float Lab on Lake Itasca
    The Big River Continuum is a Mississippi-long artist residency exchange that amplifies the interconnectedness of cultures, research, water and land through collaboration between the multimedia artist Karen Goulet (White Earth Ojibwe) from the Mississippi Headwaters region, and social practice artist Monique Verdin (Houma) from the Delta. In the summer of 2022, the Weisman Art Museum presented an in-progress exhibition, organized by guest curator Rebecca Dallinger, that showcased the collaborative creative explorations of the artists thus far in the process through works in diverse media, as well as the documentation of their creative collaboration with the partners at the Itasca Biological Station and artists of Northern Minnesota and Yakni Chitto.
  • Luverne Seifert, Theatre Arts and Dance, College of Liberal Arts

    Increasing Awareness of Rare Diseases among Minnesotans through Theater: A Collaboration of Art and Science
    The University of Minnesota Center for Orphan Drug Research and Sod House Theater Company are collaborating to develop a new production focused on bringing attention to those diagnosed with a rare disease. The collaboration will adapt the Greek tragedy, Philoctetes, to help audiences gain a greater awareness and deeper understanding of the medical, economic, psychological, and social challenges facing people with a rare disease. The production will tour to Duluth, Morris, Rochester, Fargo ND, Hastings and Prescott WI, and will be performed locally at the Capris Theater in North Minneapolis and in Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota. The play will be written by Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and will be produced by Sod House Theater, a local theater that specializes in creating professional theater experiences in close collaboration with Minnesota communities.

Annual Faculty Research Grants

The Annual Faculty Research Grants support innovative research in the arts, design, and humanities by individual faculty. This funding is typically used to support research needs (e.g. research assistants), teaching materials, books, materials for creative work, or travel to support research or scholarship. It often supplements other funding sources. Annual Faculty Research Grant programs will be administered directly through participating arts, humanities, and design colleges and campuses. 

University of Minnesota-Duluth, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

  • Alison Aune (Art and Design) - Swedish Folk Art: Tradition and Change, an exhibition at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago
  • Sarah Blaylock (Art and Design) - A Global Cold War: Speculative Futures & Activist Ecologies (research travel)
  • Paul Cannan (English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies) -  The Making of Shakespeare the Poet: The Publication and Reception of Shakespeare’s Poetry, 1640–1790 
  • Paula Gudmundson (Music) - Developing Leadership Class Room to the Concert Stage: Providing Students Lightbulb Moments 
  • Mark Harvey (Theatre) -  Research travel to Germany to visit archives at the Hellerau Institute in Dresden and the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth
  • Rachel Inselman (Music) - Caruso and Lanza: A Centennial Tribute Lecture Recital 
  • Steve Matthews (History, Political Science, and International Studies) - Aran Islands Heritage Preservation Plan and oral history archive 
  • Adam Pine (Geography and Philosophy) - Twenty “sketchquotes” (single-panel comics) about food insecurity in St. Louis County, MN (in collaboration with Duluth artist Nelle Rhicard and Dr. David Beard)
  • Justin Rubin (Music) - Create, edit, and master a series of digital recordings with the assistance of a professional audio engineer and virtual studios 
  • David Syring (Studies in Justice, Culture, and Social Change) - Study intersections of research practices in environmental sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences, and investigate how Indigenous knowledges are and are not included in research at these centers
  • Maryam Khalegi Yazdi (Art and Design) - An interactive textile illustration project that will narrate the stories of immigrants in the United States 

University of Minnesota Morris, Humanities Division

  • Rebecca Dean (Anthropology) - Army Animals and Mill City Meals: The Twin Cities through Time, Space, and Species
  • Dan Demetriou (Philosophy) - Tribalist/nationalist ethics and psychology: applications to price gouging and memorialization
  • Ann DuHamel (Music) - Solo Piano Work – Commissioning Libby Larsen
  • Michael Lackey (English) - German Exile Biofiction
  • Jimmy Schryver (Art History) - The Lough Key Archaeological Project: Finding MacDermot's Lost Castle
  • Nadezhda Sotirova (Communications, Media, and Rhetoric) - The cultural communication of COVID-19 rules in Bulgaria
  • Simon Tiller (Music) - Minnesota - Land of Legend and Song

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, College of Design

  • Vincent deBritto (Landscape Architecture) - The Italian COVID Lockdown and the Reinvention of Quarantine
  • Greg Donofrio (Heritage Studies and Public History/Architecture) - Human Toll: A Public History of Twin Cities' Freeways
  • Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) - Toward First Principles of Apparel Aesthetics
  • Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) - Support for Teaching College In the Schools: Building Creativity
  • Brad Holschuh (Apparel Design) - Novel Clothing Accessibility Solutions Using Garment-based Actuation
  • Hyunjoo Im (Retail Merchandising) - A Systematic Review of Design Science and Psychology Research for Teaching Modules
  • Lauren Kim (Retail Merchandising) - A Path to [Virtual] Consumption: Mapping Customer Experience on The Metaverse
  • Carlye Lauff (Product Design) - Prototype Fidelity: Defining Terms and Identifying Impact on Design Communication for Product Design Students
  • Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture) - Open Source Digital Edition of Almost Home, The Public Landscapes of Gertrude Jekyll
  • Malini Srivastava (Architecture) - Material Stories: The Before, During and Afterlife of Materials
  • Cecilia Xi Wang (Graphic Design) - Design, a book project: User Experience Design for the Future Healthcare

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, College of Liberal Arts

  • Hakim Abderrezak (French and Italian) - Clandestine Sea-Crossings in Art: A Book Project
  • Sophia Beal (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) - Brazil’s Urban Housing Crisis in Contemporary Fiction and Film
  • Marissa Benedict (Music) - Pressing Progress Not Valves: Using the Natural Trumpet as a Pedagogical Tool
  • Timothy Brennan (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) - Borrowed Light: Imperial Form (vol. 2)
  • Lisa Channer (Theatre Arts and Dance) - Girls at the Painted Bird 
  • Ananya Chatterjea (Theater Arts and Dance) - Michhil, Amra: Investigating Performance in Times of Pandemic and Political Uprising
  • Roy Cook (Philosophy) - The Logic of Minecraft
  • Gabriela Currie (Music) - Encountering the Musical Other in the Kingdom of Kongo
  • Scott Currie (Music) - Improvising Activist Agency: Free Initiatives for Improvisation in Berlin
  • Immanuel Davis (Music) - Hot Off the Press: Concert Video of 21st Century Works for Flute and Piano
  • Lorenzo Fabbri (French and Italian) - Black Italian Film and Media
  • Carl Flink (Theatre Arts and Dance) - Developing Battleground: The Fog of War
  • V.V. Ganeshananthan (English) - The Missing Are Considered Dead 
  • Keya Ganguly (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) - Baroque Lucknow
  • Njeri Githire (African American and African Studies) - Lights! Camera! Digital Revolution: East African Cinema in the 21st Century
  • Margaret Hennefeld (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) - The Fantasy of Silent Cinema
  • Rachmi Diyah Larasati (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies) - Cartography of Conservativism and Modern Empire
  • Hanne Loeland Levinson (Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures) - Cautionary Tales for Today: Dystopian Literature as Vehicle for Imaging and Re-Imagining Racial and Social Justice
  • Alex Lubet (Music) - New Composition for the Galan Trio
  • Lynn Lukkas (Art) - Fulbright Funding Leverage
  • Chelsea Masteller Warren (Theatre Arts and Dance) - Laser Station for Scenic Design
  • Jason McGrath (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) - Chinese Film: Realism and Convention from the Silent Era to the Digital Age
  • Monica Moses Haller (Art) - Plans [working title]
  • S. Douglas Olson (Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures) - Visit to the American University in Cairo
  • Karen Painter (Music) - Composing for Hitler: Ordinary Men, Their Music and Path to National Socialism [working book title]
  • Christina Schmid (Art) - Desert Redux: Sand, Salt, Surface
  • Luverne Seifert (Theatre Arts and Dance) - Studying European Performance Models at the Gaulier School in France
  • Sima Shakhsari (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies) - Iranian Queer and Trans Media Analysis
  • Paul Shaw (Music) - Global Arts Leader Aspirant
  • Kimberley Todd (English) - Isle Royale Wolves Essay (research travel)
  • Victoria Vargas (Music) - Opera Cooperative, a collaboration with Minnesota Opera
  • Travis Workman (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) - Discovering North Korean Film Theory
  • Tetsuya Yamada (Art) - Invisible