Ready for the World regularly provides funding for special projects that help promote international and intercultural awareness. Below are examples of projects that have been funded:
UT’s McClung Museum Gets Ready for the World Funding for Three Exhibits
With funding from Ready for the World, the campus’s international and intercultural initiative, the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will showcase three exhibits.
“Exhibition of Sudan: The Land and the People” opened on June 4 and will run until August 28.
The seventy photographs presented in the exhibition are drawn from the book Sudan: The Land and the People, written by US Ambassador Timothy Carney, and his wife, journalist Victoria Butler. Award-winning photographer Michael Freeman spent more than two years compiling images of ethnic, cultural, and geographical diversity of Africa’s largest country.
“A lot has happened in Sudan over the past five years, and the McClung Museum has added to the exhibition, bringing Sudanese politics to the present,” said Jeff Chapman, director of the McClung Museum.
“Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons” opens September 10 and closes January 2, 2012. This exhibition brings together a group of historically significant Russian icons from 1590 to the present, such as saints, Mother of God, St. Nicholas, the Resurrection Feast, and Dormition. Exhibition viewers will learn about the historical background in which these icons were created, the definition of an icon, the process involved with creating icons, and the historical background of the systematic destruction of holy images, known as iconoclasm.
“The subject matter fits well into our mission and will be a teaching asset for a number of classes,” Chapman said.
“The Decorative Experience” exhibit will open in September. In this permanent exhibition, a selected number of objects from the McClung Museum collection have been chosen from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa that embody an aesthetic component.
Many of the objects (such as ceramics, textiles, glass, stone, leather, basketry, silver, beadwork, furniture)—especially those of the tribal societies of the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa—symbolize aspects of the value and belief systems of the cultures in which they functioned. Some functioned in the daily lives of the people and others were used only for important individual or community events.
Nursing Students Visit the Cherokee
Assistant Professor of Nursing Bonnie Callen and 12 junior and senior nursing students attended the Cherokee Indian Fair, in Cherokee, N.C., in the fall of 2007 where they met with a Cherokee faith healer and learned about the history surrounding the beliefs and healing practices of the Cherokee people. In the spring of 2009, Callen brought a van load of students to the Cherokee nation to participate in and help with the annual AIDS Walk. College officials say they hope to continue the relationship with the Cherokee by offering on-site clinics where students will visit members of the tribe at their homes to assess individual medical needs.
Bonnie Callen, assistant professor, College of Nursing
Visual Timeline for 75 Years of the Highlander Center
In the fall of 2007, graphic and information designer Sarah Lowe designed a visual timeline for the 75th anniversary of the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tenn. The timeline, consisting of six 2-by-5-foot panels, introduced audiences to the center, and walked them through the center’s contributions and accomplishments to preserving Appalachian culture and championing civil rights. Lowe designed the display with moveable panels, and the exhibit has been traveling the state with Highlander staff. While Lowe donated her time to work on the design, a RFTW grant provided for high-end printing and storage containers for the display.
Sarah Lowe, associate professor, School of Art
Obsessed with Sex and Power
The communications committee for the campus’ Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People sponsored a presentation in the fall of 2007 focused on homophobia. Speaking to a standing-room only crowd of more than 100 students, faculty and staff, author Suzanne Pharr addressed “Obsessed with Sex and Power: America’s Struggle with Homophobia and its Relationship to Racism and Sexism,” discussing the common oppression faced by people of color, women and LGBT people. Pharr, former director of the Highlander Center for Research and Education in New Market, Tenn., also emphasized possible responses based on anti-violence, anti-racism, gender equality, democratic participation, economic justice and human rights for all.
Donna Braquet, assistant professor, Hodges Library
The Color of the Diaspora: Afro-Ecuadorian Words and Images
This joint exhibition project between UT and Universidad Simon Bolivar included photographs, video and narrative gathered from communities of African descent living in Ecuador. The exhibit featured the little known African diaspora in the regions of Esmeraldas and the Chota Valley. Fifty photographs taken over a 30-year period were matched with oral testimonies; the video component documents the Afro-Ecuadorian Festival of the Kings (Epiphany). The exhibit debuted in Quito in the spring of 2006 and moved to Knoxville in the fall of 2006, where it was displayed at UT’s Downtown Gallery from October through November.
William Dewey, associate professor of art history, College of Arts and Sciences, and Raymond Hall, lecturer in Africana Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
Promoting International Work Initiatives Targeting Children and Adolescents: Populations at Risk
UT’s Center for the International Study of Youth and Political Violence held its inaugural seminar in the fall of 2006, bringing together some of the world’s foremost experts from Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland and South Africa to discuss the impact of violence on youth in war-torn areas of the world. “Adolescents and War: How Youth Deal with Political Violence” featured discussions of youth experiences in conflict regions, refugee issues and the role of non-governmental organizations in meeting the needs of youth. The center’s 2007 conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa, and focused on a case study of youth and political violence in Northern Africa. The following year, the conference moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, and highlighted the plight of youth in South Africa. The fall 2009 conference will take place in East Jerusalem and focus on the youth of Bosnia.
Karen Sowers, Dean, College of Social Work; Mick Nordquist, professor and head, Child and Family Studies, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; Brian Barber, professor, Child and Family Studies, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences