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How will you make the world better?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

RSVP encouraged:

Event schedule: 
Drop by anytime between 12:00-1:30 pm for the resource fair and connect with different organizations to learn about ways to get involved, take action, and find community.

Spoken word performance by Fatima Camara and Guante from ~12:30-12:50 pm. 

Feminist hats and sweatshirts group photo at ~1:00 pm. 

Door prize drawing - feminist hats (must be present to win) at ~1:15 pm.

There will also be a photo booth and zine-folding station that attendees can check out anytime between 12:00 - 1:30 pm. 

Organizations at the resource fair will include (list will continually be updated with additional organizations):


Upholding an academic legacy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A set of precious books sits in the office of Associate Professor J. B. Mayo., Jr. Two are red leather-bound social studies textbooks from the early 1950s. Another is a fragile, brown logic textbook, dated 1891. The books belonged to Mayo’s great-grandfather—Charles Franklin Simpson—the son of a slave: “Alfred X,” says Mayo.

“We never knew his last name.”

Today, Mayo is an educator from a lineage spanning four generations—beginning with his great-grandfather. His role now is to prepare those who will teach the next generation.

Mayo, a faculty member in the department of Curriculum and Instruction, also pursues a full line of research, including how to bring LGBTQ histories into public school curriculums.

Read the full story here.


Umbra Search African American History makes Black History freely available

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The University of Minnesota Libraries, in partnership with the Penumbra Theatre Company, is launching Umbra Search African American History, a free and openly available online search tool at that facilitates broad access to over 400,000 digitized archival materials documenting African American history from more than 1,000 libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions across the United States.

“Now out of its beta and testing phase, Umbra Search builds a national corpus of African American works,” said director Cecily Marcus. “No library is able to digitize all of its holdings, but by bringing together materials from all over the country, Umbra Search allows students and scholars to tell stories that have never been told before. Umbra Search partners have amazing collections, and now those materials can sit side by side with related content from a library on the other side of the country.”

Read the full story here.


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