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Morris Faculty and Staff Earn IAS Research and Creative Collaboratives Awards

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Author: 
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
May 11, 2017
Representing some of the most innovative work at the University, these self-initiated groups come together with the idea of working on a project of common interest.

Seven Morris faculty and staff members earned University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Research and Creative Collaboratives awards. Representing some of the most innovative work at the University, these self-initiated groups come together with the idea of working on a project of common interest. Three of the 11 system-wide awards granted went to the following Morris campus recipients:

Film Arts and Culture in West Central Minnesota: Building a Regional, Cultural Community through a Town and Gown Collaboration

Barbara Burke, associate professor of communication, media, and rhetoric; David Ericksen, assistant professor of English; Anne Hennen-Barber, Morris Public Library director

This collaborative will explore and attempt to understand and expand the influence of films and movies in west central Minnesota and the surrounding areas, served by small theatres and other venues showing film. The collaborative will involve several community participants and will be especially timely, as summer 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the the Morris Theatre Cooperative's formation.

Focus on Greater Minnesota

Roger Rose, Center for Small Towns director; Kelly Asche, Center for Small Towns program coordinator; Benjamin Winchester '95, Community Vitality, UMN Extension; David Fluegel, Sustainable Development Partnerships, UMN Extension

This collaborative will bring together faculty from the Morris campus and UM Extension and the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships to discuss research opportunities in areas such as rural economic development, rural health, and building social capital. The collaborative aims to form an ongoing research group that will generate research projects that both benefit and engage communities and organizations from west central Minnesota.

From Page to Stage: Spring Awakening

Ray Schultz, professor of theatre arts; Stephen Carey, associate professor of German; Stephanie Ferrian, dance; Katie Rowles-Perich '18, Shoreview and Duluth, theatre arts

This collaborative seeks to use a contemporary piece of musical theater, the 2006 rock musical Spring Awakening, as a springboard for conversations that explore the intersection of various disciplines and subjects, such as art, language arts, music, and history. What makes this collaborative significant is not only the choice of this particular musical, but also how Spring Awakening will serve as the cornerstone for interdisciplinary collaborations and activities that will encompass scholarly, artistic, and curricular spheres.

Since its inception in 2005, the Institute for Advanced Study has supported and encouraged interdisciplinary and collaborative work, creating intellectual community across and beyond the boundaries of the University. More information is available at ias.umn.edu.