Remembering Hans E. Panofsky

Hans E. Panofsky, Curator of the Herskovits Library, 1959 - 1991
A new exhibition highlighting publications of Hans E. Panofsky, Herskovits Library Curator, 1959-1991, has opened in the Herskovits Library exhibition cases. The exhibition, curated by Librarian of Africana Patricia Ogedengbe, includes not only publications but photographs and other memorabilia.

Panofsky, who died in July, will be remembered at a memorial service in NU’s Alice Millar Chapel, Saturday November 2 at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The exhibition continues through December 31, 2013. A tribute to Hans was published in the fall quarter issue of PAS News and Events.

Herskovits Library welcomes Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole

Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole reviewing some materials from the Herskovits Library's Africa Embracing Obama collection.

Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole reviewing some materials from the Herskovits Library’s Africa Embracing Obama collection.


The last of Melville J. Herskovits’ anthropology students at Northwestern, Johnnetta B. Cole visited the library today while in town to receive the 2013 Alumnae Award from the Alumnae of Northwestern University. Dr. Cole, the current director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, joined members of the Alumnae for a presentation by curator David Easterbrook of many items from our collections.

Dikgang Moseneke visits the Herskovits Library

Dikgang Moseneke, Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, paid a visit to the Herskovits Library this afternoon.

Moseneke is on a week-long visit to Northwestern University where he will receive the Global Jurist of the Year Award from Northwestern’s School of Law Center for International Human Rights.

While visiting the Herskovits Library he met with Curator David Easterbrook, Bibliographer Esmeralda Kale and User Space Evening Supervisor Erik Ponder to review examples of research materials related to South Africa including posters from the Independent Election Commission for the 1994 South African election on which he served.

In addition, Esmeralda and Erik described the planning underway for the exhibition “Apartheid to Democracy: Twenty Years of Freedom in South Africa” opening in April 2014.

Tukufu Zuberi visits the Herskovits Library

Today the Herskovits Library received a visit from Tukufu Zuberi, historian, documentary filmmaker, and new co-host of the PBS television show The History Detectives Herskovits Library Curator David Easterbrook gave Prof. Zuberi a tour, as well as a showing of some special collection items including many objects from our “Africa EMbraces Obama” collection.

Zapiro: Jiving with Madiba on the iPad

Zapiro: Jiving with Madiba, a new iPad app by Berg + Bach.

Zapiro: Jiving with Madiba, a new iPad app by Berg + Bach.

Digital publishers Berg + Bach have released a new iPad app that uses the political cartoons of South African artist Zapiro to tell the story of Nelson Mandela’s life.

From the press release:

“This is not just another tribute to Nelson Mandela, the app brings the global giant together with a giant of cartooning each ‘shaping’ the other. With over 330 of Zapiro’s cartoons, video and audio footage, Zapiro: Jiving with Madiba traces the life of Nelson Mandela from Prisoner to President to Pensioner. In addition to the cartoons published in several of the largest newspapers in South Africa, Zapiro’s struggle era work for the UDF and ANC from the eighties is also on display, as are dozens of drawings from his original sketchbooks including sketches for a 70th birthday card Zapiro made for Madiba while being detained at Pollsmoor Prison during Madiba’s 6-year imprisonment there.

“The app is based on a popular exhibition about Mandela held at the Jewish Museum in Cape Town in 2011 and the now out-of-print publication, Zapiro’s Mandela Files.”

The app costs R79.99 in South Africa and $9.99 in the United States. It can be purchased on the iTunes store.

Waiting for Obama’s speech at the University of Cape Town

Waiting for Obama's speech at the University of Cape Town (photo acquired by Esmeralda Kale).

Waiting for Obama’s speech at the University of Cape Town (photo acquired by Esmeralda Kale).

While visiting South Africa during president Obama’s visit in July, Bibliographer of Africana at the Herskovits Library Esmeralda Kale collected opinions during conversations with locals about the president’s African tour. Below is a sampling of some of the comments she heard:

  • “He has been inspirational and motivational. We didn’t see enough of him.”
  • “He is our guest. We must welcome him. It is not his responsibility to solve our problems. He should not be concerned with an Africa legacy. He is not our President.”
  • “Africa has to overcome its beggar mentality. We seem to think that assistance and aid has to be funded by other countries with very little buy-in and funding from the recipients. We can only sustain projects if we have invested in them financially.”
  • “The U.S. should give, but with a commitment from the recipients.”
  • “Africa seems to be under the impression that America is rolling in money.”
  • “There seems to be an impression that Africans are entitled to something from him.”
  • “We Africans can only help ourselves once we start to help our communities. Development is our responsibility.”
  • “Obama has made Africa extremely unstable and is going to leave us worse off than we were before he came to office.”
  • “Financially, Obama has not been as supportive of Africa as his predecessors.”
  • “Obama really should have included a visit to Nigeria.”

Ticket from President Obama’s speech at University of Cape Town added to Herskovits Library Collections

Invitation to President Obama's speech at the University of Cape Town, now part of the The Herskovits Library's collections [photo by Esmeralda Kale].

Invitation to President Obama’s speech at the University of Cape Town, now part of the The Herskovits Library’s collections [photo by Esmeralda Kale].

The Herskovits Library’s Bibliographer of Africana, Esmeralda Kale, reports from Cape Town that she has acquired a new item for our Obama collection: an entry ticket from President Obama’s speech to students at the University of Cape Town on June 30, 2013, while on his tour of Africa.

Items from Obama’s visit to Tanzania added to Herskovits Library collection

Erik Ponder, Northwestern University Library staff member, has just returned from Tanzania with documentation for the Herskovits Library collections that supplements his blog posts here about President Obama’s visit to that country last week.

Delegates arriving at the African Library Summit

Delegate entrance ceremony, ALS 2013. [Photo: Esmeralda Kale]

Delegate entrance ceremony, ALS 2013. [Photo: Esmeralda Kale]

by Esmeralda Kale, Northwestern University Library

PRETORIA – Tradition and culture were on display as delegates representing countries present at the conference processed into the senate hall with national flags.

Music at the delegate entrance ceremony, ALS 2013. [Photo: Esmeralda Kale]

Music at the delegate entrance ceremony, ALS 2013. [Photo: Esmeralda Kale]

I’m in the company of some of the giants of African librarianship who attended the summit and passed on their wealth of knowledge and insight in various ways. Kay Rasseroka, Kingo Mchombu, Andrew Kaniki, John Tsebe, and Jacinta Were were all in attendance …I could go on so let me just say “All protocol observed”!

Flags on display at the delegate entrance ceremony, ALS 2013 [Photo: Esmeralda Kale]

Flags on display at the delegate entrance ceremony, ALS 2013 [Photo: Esmeralda Kale]

EIFL-PLIP Innovation Awards

  Skype pals - pupils from Good Samaritan School for the Deaf use Skype to chat to their friends in Canada.

Skype pals – pupils from Good Samaritan School for the Deaf use Skype to chat to their friends in Canada.

EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), an international non profit organisation based in Europe, provides access to knowledge in developing and transition countries. It regularly has a call open to to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries focused on an important community development issue. Winners receive a prize of US$1,500, a trophy, a certificate, and the opportunity to showcase their service at an international conference or event.

On 3rd July 2013 at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, EIFL handed out the Award for Social Inclusion to Kitengesa Community Library, Uganda for their project “Including the deaf among those who hear.”