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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.

Trans* Awareness Project

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.

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)  is intended to be a time to "celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society and culture."  Faculty here at the University have contributed greatly to this heritage and culture, as well.  A new exhibit is now available here in the Wilson Library Reference Area display cases that seek to showcase the efforts of faculty and staff in illuminating this key area for everyone here at the U, as well as for people around the world.  

Su Chen (East Asian Librarian), David Faust (Ames Library of South Asia) and Nancy Herther (Asian American Studies) have created the posters, with the artistic assistance of Susan Gangl, in order to acknowledge and honor the work of scholars across the disciplines who  deserve this time of recognition.  We hope you will find the time to stop in and look over the display, which will be up until June 1st. 

Nancy K. Herther
Librarian for American Studies, Anthropology, Asian American Studies & Sociology
University of Minnesota Libraries

Changing the Face of Women

by Rafael E. Tarrago
For Diversity Outreach Collaborative
There was a reception at Mayo Auditorium on the afternoon of Thursday 28 October to mark the opening of a photography exhibit, "Changing the Face of Medicine," celebrating America's women physicians. The exhibit itself is at the Bio-Medical Library, in Diehl Hall, and it will be up until 5 December.
During the program that opened the reception, four women physicians talked about their careers and their struggles with sexism: Dr. Deborah Powell, Dr. Judith Kaur, Dr. Kathleen Annette, and Dr. Patricia Simmons. I was unable to stay for the duration of the whole program, but I was able to hear the keynote lecture, by Dr. Deborah Powell.
Dr. Powell is associate president of new medical education programs and dean emerita of the University of Minnesota Medical School. She joined the University of Minnesota in 2002, as dean of the Medical School, and  assistant vice-president for clinical affairs. Her lecture, however,  was not about her accomplishments and degrees, but about how it was for a woman to be a member of the medical profession decades ago. She concluded that there have been many changes for the better in the last 50 years, but she cautioned about persisting discrimination that women physicians experience, and gave as one example the small number of women who head medical schools in the USA. Although Dr. Powell's lecture focused on discrimination experienced by women in the medical profession, and its gradual lessening  during the last decades, she also mentioned discrimination in the medical profession against religious and ethnic minorities. According to Dr. Powell the number of African American physicians (of any sex) in the USA is less than the number of women in the profession; and the statistics are even worse for other minority groups, such as Hispanics and Native Americans.

Exhibit celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Curated by Rafael Tarrago

Wilson Library is celebrating Hispanic History Month (15 September-15 October) with a book exhibit that has been mounted in the exhibit cases in the lobby of this library. The contents of each case focuses on specific aspects of Hispanic contributions to the United States: in the arts and letters; media and film; and culture. In this way this exhibit highlights the fact that today the presence of Hispanics is noticeable in American literature, art, and popular culture. This exhibit will be up until Friday 15 October.

To find out more about National Hispanic History Month please visit the Library of Congress website.

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Curated by Kimberly Clarke

September 1 - October 30, 2010
Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium Gallery
Free and open to the public

The first women's campus center in the nation when it opened in 1960, the Women's Center at the University of Minnesota catered to "Rusty Ladies," women who wanted to maintain their knowledge and abilities between college graduation and empty nesting. This exhibit traces the history of the Women's Center from its origins as the Minnesota Plan for the Continuing Education of Women to today, using artifacts from the work of memorable and influential people, curriculum and program innovations, and personal and professional development activities.




Opening Reception Friday, February 12 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library University of Minnesota 210 Rapson Hall 89 Church Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455

February Events for Women's Center

  • February 4: Art Students Respond to Women and Water Rights. The Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration (WWR) project addresses the precarious state of the world's fresh water supply and the global need for gender mainstreaming in water management. Through an art exhibition and related programs, WWR underscores the message that water access is a universal human right. Art student gallery opens at 4:30 in the ground floor Appleby Hall Art
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  •  February 10: University Women's Consortium Meeting. The Women's Center convenes the University Women's Consortium to facilitate communication between women's programs/offices/groups on campus and to provide a forum and identify solutions for issues of concern to women on campus. If you would like to join us, please contact us at

  • February 17: Women in Transition: An SOS Event (Job Search Workshop). We are partnering again with WomenVenture and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to help women "get the Strategies,Opportunities and Support you need to Change Your Stripes^(TM) and do what you love for a living. You'll learn how to 1) Differentiate yourself in a tight market; 2) Network for success & interview to win; 3) Get the job that's right for you; and 4) Put your financial fears to rest." This is a great workshop for staff and students alike.

    Space is limited; register by Feb. 12 to or 952-358-3450.

    The workshop will take place from 3-5 p.m. in 64 Biological Sciences Center on the St. Paul campus.
  •   February 26: Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration
     Exhibit Opening. The exhibit opening will feature a Native American Water Ritual performed by Keepers of the Waters. 5 p.m., Katherine E. Nash Gallery. (This event is sponsored by the
     Department of Art and others and co-sponsored by the Women's Center.) 
SAVE THE DATE for October 1, 2010, the date of the Women's Center's 50th Anniversary Gala!

2010 is a big year for the University of Minnesota Women's Center, as they celebrate 50 years and their heritage as the oldest women's center on a college campus.

The University Libraries will be hosting an exhibit in September and October 2010 in the Elmer L. Anderson Library highlighting materials from the University Archives concerning the Women's Center.

For more information contact Kimberly Clarke.