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"Henrietta Lacks had no control when doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital used her cells 62 years ago in research that led to groundbreaking medical advances. But now her descendants will.


The National Institutes of Health said Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with Lacks' family that requires scientists to get permission from the government agency to use her genome, or genetic blueprint. It was derived from cells taken from the 31-year-old from Turners Station after she died from an aggressive form of cervical cancer in 1951."


Read more:
 http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/maryland-health/bs-hs-henrietta-lacks-20130807,0,1326934.story#ixzz2c336dcRO

To learn more about Henrietta Lacks and the controversy surrounding HeLa cells, check out The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
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Overcoming Racism: Truth Telling

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President Obama declared May 2013 as "Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month."  In his proclamation he notes that:

"The month of May is designated as a time to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate all the contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Please take the opportunity this month to celebrate and learn more about the culture and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have helped fulfill the promise of the American dream."

In celebration of this month, Wilson Library has mounted a special exhibit which, this year, features "Celebrating Our Hmong heritage."  the exhibit focuses on some of the many firsts here at the University and on four key Hmong leaders right here on campus!

The exhibit includes a timeline and some facts that just might surprise you! The exhibit is located on first floor by the information desk.

The University Libraries work to support Asian American Studies throughout each year. Some of our recently acquired books on AAS are available in a special bookshelf near the exhibit. This list includes just a sampling of some of the DVDs in our collections available in the SMART Learning Commons.

THIS FRIDAY: Critical Conversations

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Friday, April 19, 2013
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library)
West Bank campus


Free and open to the public

WHY I LEFT HOME: Stories about Migration, Immigration, and Globalization

The Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation lists the US as the leading destination for permanent immigrants. People emigrate for complex reasons - war, natural disaster, economic opportunity - and deal with many obstacles in pursuit of a new home. Engage in a conversation among professionals trying to assist new immigrants, some of whom will sharetheir own stories even as they have become professionals living aspects of the American dream.

PanelistsMayKao Y. Hang, President and CEO of the Wilder Foundation; John KellerExecutive Director, Immigrant Law Center; Juventino MezaDirector, NAVIGATE Minnesota; Ahmed YusufSomali community activist and author of Somalis in Minnesota

ModeratorLouis MendozaAssociate Vice Provost, University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.


These sessions are excellent opportunities for in-depth exploration of the key issues we work with as professionals within OED.  I hope you will take time to participate in this important discussion and to SPREAD THE WORD to your networks of students, staff, faculty, and community members!

  • See the University Libraries companion page to this event to check out library resources and collections highlights.
  • Learn more at diversity.umn.edu/criticalconversations, or contact Anne Phibbs at phib0001@umn.edu or 612-625-9973.
  • To request disability accommodations for this event, or to obtain this material in an alternate format, contact Ralph Blanco at rblanco@umn.edu or 612-625-8680.

Muslim Journeys

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen to familiarize the American public about Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.


The Libraries will sponsor three events in 2013. The first event (a screening and discussion of "Prince Among Slaves") was April 8. There will be two more events during the Fall 2013 semester.  Watch the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf and the Diversity Outreach Calender website for updates on upcoming events.

Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium

Transforming Our Institutions: Advancing Inclusive Excellence Among Faculty in Higher Education


April 14-16, 2013

The University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the sixth biennial Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium. We invite you to join us as we gather to engage cross-disciplinary theories, rigorous scholarship, and innovative practices to advance conceptual, empirical, and practical work to develop, recruit, and retain faculty of color.


Diversity Through The Disciplines

Friday April 26, 2013        

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

101 Walter Library


Diversity through the Disciplines is a annual symposium showcasing the research of faculty who have received an Multicultural Research Award (formally President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award) from the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA).IDEA annually invites proposals for research that addresses issues related to its mission "to transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship that addresses urgent social issues." This initiative is one of several within IDEA that seeks to strengthen community and networking among scholars and researchers on campus. Since 1996 more than 1.5 million dollars have been awarded to140 recipients through the Multicultural Research Award. Diversity through the Disciplines is one way in which IDEA and faculty recipients share their research findings.




Muslim Journeys: Prince Among Slaves

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Monday, April 8, 2013, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Saint Paul Area Council of Churches

1671 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105


Muslim Journeys is a series of events that will engage an interfaith and intergenerational audience on dialog related to Muslim experiences. The program will feature resources from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf.

This is the first of a series of events that will make up the Muslim Journeys series.  At this event we will view the film Prince Among Slaves.

Trans* Awareness Project

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Several University Affiliated groups (including the University Libraries, the Office for Equity and Diversity, the GLBTA Programs Office, the Transgender Commission, and the QSCC) have collaborated to implement the Trans* Awareness Project. You may haven seen the posters and cards around campus, and maybe you have even already seen the TAP website.

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The Trans* Awareness Project is a poster and digital media campaign that attempts to challenge stereotypes and cultivate an environment which celebrates and respects people of all genders. This campaign aims to break down barriers between communities and establish positive social change by showcasing empowering snapshots of local trans* communities and bringing attention to the challenges that many trans* people face in daily life.

The TransAwareness Project website has electronic versions of all the campaign's posters as well as biographies for each participant.  The website also has a ton of resources including worksheets, book recommendations, and a streamlined FAQ section; all of which are intended to help us think more critically about gender and it's impact on our lives.