Thursday, March 31: An Evening in South Africa

Looking for something to do tomorrow evening?  Check out the following event announcement:
UNC Cape Town 2010 Students Present:

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 5:30-7:15, Graham Memorial room 039

Produced and Presented by
Welcome – Sarah Collman
“The Note” -Introduction by Jennifer Paxton
In the hours leading up to a funeral, four people discover that reconciliation doesn’t come from truth alone. This play examines the cultural stigmas associated with homosexuality and AIDs in post-apartheid South Africa.
“Conflict Diamonds” – -Introduction by Chelsea Bailey
South Africa is home to some of the largest diamond mines in the world – but would you buy a diamond if you knew it cost someone’s life?
Vinny Klokman AKA Irwin Presents: “Wild in Cape Town”
“Elephant Culling” – -Introduction by Caitlin Pardue
Each year, thousands of elephants are killed in South Africa’s game reserves in an effort to curb their population.
“Grafitti” – -Introduction by Ari van den Akker
Cape Town has cultivated a vibrant and growing street art scene, but a new bylaw targeting graffiti artists threatens to end their art.

SCL Picks: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Just in time for Women’s History month, the Stone Center Library recommends:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first ‘immortal’ human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.
Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the ‘colored’ ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia—a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo—to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.
Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.”
Excerpt from Random House/Crown Publishing Group

Women's History Month + new books display, part 3

March is Women’s History Month, and here at the Stone Center Library our new books display has been themed to match.  Take a look at some of our new acquisitions on and by women in literature:

Together with our previous two posts, we hope these new arrivals provide some inspiration – whether you’re contemplating class projects, or merely searching for your next fun read.  If you’re looking for more literary resources, also keep in mind our Guide to the Web’s Literature section of online links.

Film showing TONIGHT @The Stone Center: Cuba – An African Odyssey Part 2

Looking for something to do tonight?  Check out the following announcement:

Cuba: An African Odyssey Part 2

With a Post-Film discussion moderated by Dr. Firoze Manji

Free and Open to the Public

When: Monday March 28  @ 7pm
Where: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
In this ambitious and revealing documentary, Egyptian-French filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri traces the history of Cuban solidarity with African liberation movements in the 1960s and 70s. It begins in 1965 when Che Guevara led a group of Cuban revolutionary fighters in an unsuccessful attempt to support the struggle for true independence in the Congo. Part 2 moves to Cuba’s role in the struggles against Portuguese colonialism in Guinea-Bissau and Angola.
Cuba: An African Odyssey combines remarkable archival footage—much of it never before seen in the U.S.—with an amazing cast of participants showing Cuba’s pivotal role in the liberation movements in Africa. Over 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries, one of many examples of Cuba’s true internationalism.
A post-film discussion will be moderated by special guest Dr. Firoze Manji, who is visiting UNC this week.  Dr. Manji is editor-in-chief of Pambazuka news, produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations – academics, policy makers, social activists, women’s organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.
This showing is part of a film series that examines the legacy of the Black radical tradition.  Future showings include:
April 4: W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices
April 18: American Revolution 2
April 25: Bastards of the Party
All showings begin at 7pm in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
**Co-Sponsored by the Black Student Movement**

Women's History Month + new books display, part 2

On Friday, we started a list of new titles currently on display in honor of Women’s History Month.  Below is part two, which we welcome you to explore further by clicking on the links, or coming by the library to browse in person!

Interested in learning more?  Don’t forget that, from the comfort of your own home, you can also access the Stone Center Library’s Guide to the Web, which has a section of resources on women’s history available here.  Happy reading!

Women's History Month + new books display, part 1

Last week, we posted a list of new book titles currently on display near the library entrance.  Today and next week, we’ll be highlighting our in-library display, which this month features new arrivals related to women’s history across a variety of genres and topics.

March is Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is “our history is our strength.”  What better way to learn more about women’s history, achievements, and current challenges than turning to some more of the Stone Center Library’s new acquisitions?  Come check us out!

TODAY at 5:30 – lecture by journalist Helene Cooper

Check out the following press release for a great opportunity taking place on campus later TODAY:

The curriculum in Global Studies is proud to present

A Public Lecture with Helene Cooper
March 22nd |  5:30 PM  |   FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
“Helene Cooper is a globally renowned journalist and the author of the acclaimed memoir The House at Sugar Beach. She has reported from war-torn regions across the globe for The Wall Street Journal and now writes for the New York Times as their White House correspondent in Washington, D.C.
Cooper was born in Liberia to a family descended from the American freed slaves that colonized the country. At age fourteen, she fled to the United States to escape the violence of a bloody coup. Graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism and mass communication, Cooper began her career covering trade, politics, race and foreign policy. She later worked as a foreign correspondent and reported on conflicts from Europe to the Middle East.
Known for her rigorous investigation and insightful reporting, Cooper has received significant praise for her work. She employed these talents in the research and writing of her two books: an edited collection of the work of her colleague Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by the Taliban in 2002, and the New York Times bestselling memoir The House at Sugar Beach, which traces her trajectory from a privileged child to a refugee to an American journalist while examining the violence and stratification that troubles her homeland Liberia.”

This week at the Stone Center: "To Buy the Sun" (3/22) & African Diaspora Lecture (3/23)

Greetings, faithful readers!  Here are a couple of fabulous opportunities taking place this week at the Stone Center.  Check out the links for more details, or make use of the contact information provided.

Stone Center.  FREE  admission.  Contact: Joscelyne Brazile 843-2669.

Stone Center, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room. Contact:, (919) 962-9001.
Hope to see you there! 🙂