June 2011 Archives

Tanzania event Dr. Mark Jacobson - Tuesday, June 23

Health Care in Tanzania


Join us to hear Minnesota native Dr. Mark Jacobson speak about an exciting new Tanzanian project which will address the rehabilitation needs of children who have received neurosurgery, orthopedic or plastic surgery. Planning is underway for a new Plaster House to serve 300-400 children annually from the Arusha area.

Dr. Jacobson has served more than 25 years as a medical missionary working primarily with the Maasai people. He is currently the medical director for the new Arusha Lutheran Medical Center.

Thursday June 23rd, 7pm

Edina Community Lutheran Church

4113 West 54th St., Edina, MN 55424

Coffee, tea and dessert provided

No RSVP necessary

Saturday, June 25, 2011
1:00 p.m.
Pillsbury House
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Free

Scholar Esteban Morales is Professor of Political Econ-omy, University of
Havana and Cuba's leading authority on race; his most recent book, La
Problemática Racial en Cuba: Algunos de Sus Desafíos (The Race Question in
Cuba: Some of the Challenges).

Artist Elio Rodriguez explores themes of racial iden-tity. He is one of the
curators of Queloides/Keloids: Raza y Racismo en el Arte Cubano
Contemporáneo, an art exhibit that seeks to contribute to current debates
about the persistence of racism in contemporary Cuba

Moderator John Wright is Professor of African American and African Studies
and English, Univ. of MN.


For more information see www.obsidianartscenter.org and
minnesotacubacommittee.org

On Friday 13 May towards 4pm, a large truck arrived at the back entrance of the UWC Main Library. It was bearing 60 boxes of books - boxes marked "Books for Africa". The marking on the boxes is significant as the consignment contained books from, of and about Africa, now given back to Africa.

Prof Allen Isaacman, an internationally renowned African Studies scholar, has donated to the University his extensive library of materials on Lusophone Africa, probably the largest privately owned collection. Books for Africa is the name of the organization that had shipped the collection from University of Minnesota. A key broker for this phenomenal gift has been Prof. Premesh Lalu, who completed his PhD at Minnesota under the supervision of Prof. Isaacman.

This remarkable collection of books, ephemera, posters and serials represents the concentrated and systematic gathering of both currently available and scarce out of print publications for more than 40 years. Its primary concentration is on Mozambique. Strong coverage for other states in Southern Africa provides access to similar topical coverage in the social sciences and history.
Forty leather-bound volumes of collected document include contemporary accounts under colonial administration and Independence, 19th century descriptions and travel narratives, and documentation created and issued by FRELIMO.

Highlights from the secondary works are the entire series of Heinemann African Social History and the Ohio University New African History, both co-edited by Prof. Isaacman, alongside nearly 2,000 monographs in Portuguese, English, literary works.

The Library acknowledges this hugely important gift from Prof. Isaacman and will be re-purposing a section of the area alongside Special Collections and the Postgraduate Resource Centre to house the Allen Isaacman African Studies collection. Initially the material will be sorted and thereafter descriptive records will be prepared for national and international catalogues. The implication is that UWC is set to become an important destination for scholars and students pursuing research on Mozambique and Angola.

This gift also gives an enormous boost to the Library which is looking to strengthen its collections and services in support of UWC research niche areas. Samuel Ncoyini, Special Collections Librarian, has recently received training in working with primary sources and will be organizing and managing the Isaacman collection.

Allison Fullard
Deputy Director
UWC Main Library

Please note that this Friday the exhibition of textiles from Don Johnson's collection opens at the Goldstein Museum.


Beyond Peacocks & Paisleys: Handmade Textiles of India and its Neighbors

June 11 - September 25, 2011

Opening Reception: June 10, 2011, 6-8PM

Artisans in South Asia use a broad range of handcraft techniques to meet the apparel and home furnishing needs of consumers in India, surrounding nations, and around the world. The Goldstein Museum of Design exhibition Beyond Peacocks & Paisleys: Handcrafted textiles of India and its neighbors (June 10 to September 25, 2011) examines how techniques evolved over time as the producers reached discovered new markets and faced competition from international handcraft and industrial producers. The handcraft techniques include ikat weaving, several varieties of embroidery, block printing, bandhani and lahariya varieties of tie-dye, and more.

The exhibition showcases saris, shawls, and home textiles collected over a 50 year period by Dr. Donald Clay Johnson, former curator of the Ames Library of South Asia at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Johnson began collecting during a year's residence in India in 1966. He named his collection "Paritosh," which means "contentment," after his host family's compound. He continues to expand the collection's comprehensiveness in techniques and regional design on annual trips to South Asia.

The skilled artisans making these beautiful objects today are the inheritors of long-standing textile traditions, but they also adjust their methods and designs when advances in technology and changes in taste redefine quality. Chief among these changing contexts are political restructurings, globalization, fashion, the industrial and digital revolutions, and public concern with sustainability.

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