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Leeds wins award for work in minority law

Stacy L. Leeds, associate professor of law and director of KU's Tribal Law and Government Center, received the Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools during the annual AALS meeting in Washington, D.C., in January.

She is the 14th recipient of the award, which is granted to an outstanding law teacher who has achieved excellence in public service, teaching and scholarship. Clyde Ferguson recipients are recognized for their support and mentoring to colleagues, students and aspiring law teachers.

In 2002, Leeds became the first woman confirmed to the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation. She has also served as a judge for the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, the Kaw Nation, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Marni Kessler earns Shutz award for teaching

Marni R. Kessler, assistant professor of history of art and a specialist in 19th century French art, has been selected as the recipient of the 19th Byron T. Shutz Award for Distinguished Teaching. She will present her public Shutz Award lecture, "To Know a Veil in Manet's Paris," at 5:30 p.m. March 14 in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.

Kessler earned a bachelor's in English from Vassar College, a master's in art history from Williams College and master's and doctoral degrees in history of art from Yale University. Following appointments as visiting assistant professor at Barnard College, Wesleyan University and Yale University, and as Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, she joined the KU faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor of 19th century European art history.

Kessler is a social historian of art with interests in feminism and critical theories. Since arriving at KU, she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, ranging from lecture classes such as "Gender and Revolution: David to Courbet" and "Modernisms: Manet to Cézanne" to seminars on such topics as "Manet in Contexts" and "Women in Late 19th-Century French Visual Culture."

In addition to presentations at professional conferences, Kessler has given invited lectures at numerous colleges and universities. She has also received many prestigious fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies and most recently a fellowship from the Francis Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Philadelphia; a Hall Center for the Humanities Research Fellowship; the Millard Meiss Book Subvention Grant from the College Art Association and the Vice-Provost for Research Book Subvention Award. She has published articles in Art Bulletin, the premier scholarly journal in art history, and in Nineteenth-Century Contexts and has several forthcoming publications, including a book, Sheer Presence: The Veil in Manet's Paris, that will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in the fall.