An exhibit on view in the rotunda of the Special Collections Libraries Richard Russell Building showcases items from the African Studies Institute collection along with objects illustrating African culture from personal collections.
In the exhibit, examples of handwoven baskets, beadwork containers and clothing crafted in various African countries can be found, along with carved animals, statues and games. Also, photographs of fauna, terrain and Mt. Kilimanjaro appearing through clouds, taken by a student during a study abroad trip, are displayed. One case holds journals kept by students to chronicle their study abroad experiences. The exhibit will be on view through December.
The university recently marked the 25th anniversary of the African Studies Institute with two weeks of events. The celebration included an international conference, theatrical performances, film screenings, lectures and other events to showcase the richness and diversity of the continent.
The institute has established a research collection in the University Archives of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Posters, flyers, photographs and manuscripts will allow researchers to study the progress of the institute.