Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Globe We Call Home: Celebrating Global Awareness Month

A Global Connection  Former TWU President Dr. Shirley Crater (R), 
accompanied by a Japanese student, in a kimono presented to her by 
Mukogawa Women’s University, Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan, in 1989.  
The kimono is featured in the Global Connections display (on the second 
floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU) curated 
by Woman's Collection staff members in conjunction with the TWU Global 
Connections Mission of a university climate of global awareness and 
understanding.  Courtesy of The Woman's Collection, Texas Woman's 
University, Denton,Texas.        
By a variety of measures, the Texas Woman's University community is a diverse group.  Whatever our race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship, residence or field of study, however, each of us shares something with every other soul on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses of TWU.  We are all citizens of this planet we call home.  

As you may be aware, October is Global Awareness Month at TWU--31 days of events, speakers, activities and displays dedicated to the TWU Global Connections Mission of a university climate of global awareness and understanding.  The TWU Libraries are honored to play a part in this initiative with two displays curated by dedicated Woman's Collection staff members. 

Berlin Wall and Global Connections are located on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, side by side near the library's Administrative Offices (Room 208). Berlin Wall, along with pieces of the wall itself, contains photographs and a sampling of relevant library resources.  A photograph of the Berlin Wall pieces in this permanent display, along with a description of their 5,000-mile journey to Denton, Texas, appears in The Berlin Wall: A Part of World History in Denton, Texas.   

Next to Berlin Wall is Global Connections, a collection of library materials on issues affecting women around the world.  Global Connections is anchored in spectacular fashion by a vibrantly-colored kimono which was presented to Dr. Shirley Crater, TWU President from 1986 to 1993, during her 1989 visit to our sister university in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan (TWU developed a reciprocal alliance with Mukogawa Women's University in the early 1980s.) Global Connections is available for viewing through October 31, 2014 during regular library hours.

During Global Awareness Month and beyond, TWU community members have many opportunities to increase their awareness of the world around them.  Pay attention to world events. Discuss current events with your friends, family members, colleagues and classmates.  See the TWU Global Connections Calendar of Events for items of interest, and visit Berlin Wall and Global Connections at the Blagg-Huey Library.  Consider the many places and events across the globe which are intertwined with daily life as we know it.

Because this is the globe we all call home.

~Sandy Cochran

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