News and Perspectives
by UyênThi Tran Myhre
“give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” ― Warsan Shire
My parents didn’t plan on having me, their sixth and youngest child, but they did choose my name carefully: UyênThi. This name is special for a lot of reasons. For one, the letters in it echo the spellings of my five older siblings’ names. Its abbreviation, út, means baby of the family. Hidden in my name is my mother (turn the symbol on the “e” upside-down and you get a “v,” which is hugging the “en” of my name. Ven: my mother’s name). My dad is reflected in my name as well. He wanted it to be one word, no space: UyênThi, not Uyên Thi. Since Vietnamese is a monosyllabic language, this tends to confuse Vietnamese people outside my family. They want to shorten my name and call me Uyên or Thi.
American University has been seized by racial unease since a half-dozen pairs of bananas, their skins scrawled with toxic messages, were found hanging from black string nooses just after dawn early last week.
Join the U of M Libraries at Intermedia Arts for Black Memory and Imagination: An Intergenerational Conversation on Archiving Black Arts. The event is an open conversation with local intergenerational artists on preserving, celebrating, reclaiming, and reimagining Black creativity within and beyond the archive.
The Lactation Advocacy Committee is preparing a white paper about lactation on campus and is seeking stories, good or bad, about your experience with breastfeeding on campus. The committee will use personal accounts from mothers to illustrate what women go through to provide milk for babies while studying, teaching, working, and visiting. You may choose to remain anonymous. Share your story.
The Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN) has released a one-year report to the Twin Cities campus community. The report provides background information, an analysis of incidents reported to the BRRN, and recommendations for next year. A downloadable PDF of the report can be found here.