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Tuesday, September 22, 2020; 5:00-6:00pm CST/6:00-7:00pm EST  

Special Literacy Month Webinar with Clara M. Chu, “Libraries, Rotary, and their Partners Developing Peaceful Communities”

Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor of the Mortenson Center for International Libraries, has received many prestigious humanitarian awards. Her specific topic, “Community-Library Inter-Action (CLIA)” is a mindful practice, co-designed internationally, for libraries to facilitate community dialogue and action of, by, and for the community, that leads to social transformation. Facilitating conversations and Working WITH, not just FOR communities, will be presented, including using literacy to address social equity issues.

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Monday, September 21, 2020; Time 12:00pm-1:15pm CST

Libraries Shaping Peace Together: A Global Dialogue of Association Leaders (A Webinar)

Antonia Arahova, IFLA Treasurer; Head of Library, President’ s Private Office, Presidency of Hellenic Democracy
Camille Callison, IFLA Indigenous Matter Section Chair; Indigenous Strategies Librarian, University of Manitoba
Julius Jefferson, ALA President; Section Head, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

Clara M. Chu, Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Since launching the Libraries for Peace Initiative, the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs has invited the library and information community to celebrate Libraries for Peace (L4P) Day as the world community observes International Day of Peace on September 21 every year. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2020 is “Shaping Peace Together”. In this panel discussion, association leaders will discuss how libraries can shape peace together, the ways that their associations provide leadership for libraries to shape peace together, and opportunities for library associations working with each other and/or other organizations to create collective impact in advancing peace.

More information available at: https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/

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Monday, September 21, 2020, 10:00-11:00 am CST

Transcending Borders: From Librarians Collaborating Abroad To Reconsidering Opportunities in a Virtual World

Speakers: Dallas Long, Deborah Chavez and Janet Lee

Moderator: Clara M. Chu

Three professional librarians, who have worked outside the United States, will share their international experiences. In this time of social distancing and travel limitations, participants will discuss means and opportunities for international virtual engagement. A resource list will be made available to registered participants.

More information available at: http://www.ala.org/rt/irrt/initiatives

Sponsored by: International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group of the ALA International Relations Round Table, Mortenson Center of International Library Programs, and Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

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Thursday, September 17, 2020; 7:00-8:15 pm CST

“Global CU: Poetry of home and community identity” (A virtual dialogue)

Speakers: Jason Finkelman (Director, Global Arts Performance Initiatives, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts), Emily Knox (Associate Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Information Sciences), Kofi Bazzell-Smith (Artist, Boxer, U.S.-Japan Bridging Scholar), Amani Ayad (Community Member and Co-Founder of the UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship) and Miriam Larson (Executive Director, Urbana=Champaign Independent Media Center)

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) and the UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship invite you to a virtual dialogue by Champaign-Urbana (CU) residents, who have made CU home, whether they were born here or elsewhere. The dialogue will be based on poetry that speakers have selected and will read that reflects their sense of home (is the poetry from home — near or far — or about home?) and discuss how or whether the poetry contributes to their identity to CU as a community.  What fills our heart, provides comfort, creates memory, reduces loneliness, feels familiar, creates connections and what is the meaning of place? are some of the questions we will explore.  During the session, we welcome attendees to engage by asking questions, and sharing their poetry of home and community identity.

This is a Welcoming Week 2020 event of Champaign County, see https://universityymca.org/welcome/ww20/.  For more information, please see The Mortenson Center and Unesco Center for Global Citizenship Facebook Page

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020; 1:00-2:00pm CST

“Multiple ways of knowing: Global perspectives on academic libraries re-imagining systems of knowledge”

Kanwal Ameen, Professor & Vice-Chancellor, University of Home Economics (Pakistan)
Spencer Lilley, Associate Professor, Massey University (New Zealand)
Ana Ndumu, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park (United States)

Paulette A Kerr, Campus Librarian, The University of the West Indies – Mona Campus (Jamaica)

Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Jaya Raju, Professor and Head, Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

This webinar is the first event of the Chai Wai Series: Race, Social Justice, and Ways of Knowing, organized by the International and Areas Studies Library and the  Mortenson Center for International Library Programs of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The focus will be “Multiple ways of knowing: Global perspectives on academic libraries re-imagining systems of knowledge,” which is the title of the International Insights column to be published in the October 2020 issue of College & Research Libraries News. The authors will present their column contributions, followed by a response, and a panel discussion.

For more information: https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/chaiwai/

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From Refugee to Librarian: In our own words (Webinar)

Date/Time: June 18th, 2020, 12-1 pm CST 

Speakers: Constantia Constantinou (H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director, Penn Libraries) and Touger Vang (Director, Montgomery Community College Library)

Moderator: Clara M. Chu, Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Abstract: As librarians we have worked to create welcoming spaces and services for refugees. We have learned about them in order to support their resettlement and integration. The refugee stories we read about come from the communities we serve. How about the refugee stories that come from our own professional and academic community? In this webinar, we give voice to refugees who have become librarians or library educators. They will share their journey from persecution to resettlement to professional career, giving the listener a glimpse into their experiences of struggle, resilience, hope and belonging.

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