E-Portal Newsletter - November 2008

The e-Portal is one of the ways that A&S is participating in UofL's "green initiative." The monthly e-Portal replaces the "paper version" of The Portal newsletter, previously published twice a year by the college. In addition to being more environmentally friendly, The e-Portal provides more frequent opportunities to share news of the college.

In the November 2008 issue of the e-Portal:

A&S announces next class of inductees to A&S Hall of Honor

Day of the Dead events celebrate collaboration, community, heritage

Political Science Professor Dewey Clayton talks about the 2008 election

Alumni News: Annual event raises funds for A&S scholarships

A&S Events

A&S Announces Next Class of Inductees to A&S Hall of Honor

Dean Blaine Hudson announces the next four inductees to the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Honor.  At a formal induction ceremony to be held February 17, 2009, these individuals will be inducted to the A&S Hall of Honor:

  • Charles Breslin earned his M.A. in humanities from UofL in 1961 and joined the philosophy department faculty in 1966, serving as department chair from 1967 to 1970. Teaching both philosophy and humanities courses for more than 35 years, he shared his keen mind and love of reading with generations of students who cherished him as teacher and mentor. He was named professor emeritus in 2000. Full bio at Charles Breslin, A&S Hall of Honor
  • Lois Cronholm received a B.A. and Ph.D. in biology from UofL and joined the faculty in 1969.  Renowned as an administrator in higher education over 30 years, she served as A&S dean at UofL from 1978 to 1985, then as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Temple University, provost and interim president of Baruch College and chief operating officer and senior vice president of City College of New York. Full bio at Lois Cronholm, A&S Hall of Honor
  • World renowned ornithologist Burt Monroe received a B.S. from UofL in 1953 and served as a Navy pilot before joining the A&S faculty in 1965.  He chaired the biology department for 23 years and served in more than a dozen local and national organizations. He co-authored the Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World published in 1990 and wrote The Birds of Kentucky published posthumously in 1994. Full bio at Burt Monroe, A&S Hall of Honor
  • Paul Weber joined the A&S faculty in 1976. During his 30-year career at UofL he influenced countless students as a mentor, renowned scholar, and award-winning teacher. He served as political science chair, executive director of the Grawemeyer Awards and founding director of the McConnell Center for Political Leadership. The Paul Weber Awards for teaching were created in his honor in 2005. Full bio at Paul Weber, A&S Hall of Honor

Established during the A&S Centennial in 2007, the A&S Hall of Honor recognizes the A&S alumni, students, faculty, administrators, staff and other supporters who made the most significant and lasting contributions to the College, the University, the local community and the larger society since the establishment of the College in 1907.

For more on the A&S Hall of Honor, see http://louisville.edu/a-s/centennial/hallofhonor/



Day of the Dead events celebrate collaboration, community, and heritage


In a project led by UofL’s Arts and Culture Partnership Initiative, this year's annual week-long celebration of the Day of the Dead included a creative collaboration between UofL students, faculty, and community partners. November 1-8, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) and the 21C Museum displayed altars created by UofL students and faculty members of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS), the Hite Art Institute, and the Department of Fine Arts, as well as altars by other artists and community members.

El Día de los Muertos is a joyous holiday that originated in Mexico, blending indigenous and Catholic traditions to celebrate and honor the lives of deceased family members and friends who return each year in November to pay their loved ones a visit. Traditionally, on November 1, el Día de los Angelitos (the Day of the Little Angels), deceased children are remembered, while on November 2, El Día de los Muertos (All Souls Day), adults who have passed away are honored.

Altars are erected in houses and decorated with photos of loved ones, candles, flowers, and their favorite foods and beverages, all in preparation for the long journey these souls will make to visit their loved ones. Families also visit cemeteries and decorate the gravesites of their family members with flowers, candles, and food.

For the past three years, KMAC has celebrated the Day of the Dead with a joyous festival, complete with altars, entertainment, food, skull-making contests, face painting for children, and much more. This year the November 1 celebration included an altar-making workshop taught by Suzanne Martino, a Clay Skeleton Workshop led by Suzanne Edds, a Frida Kahlo look-a-like contest, and many activities for children.

LALS minor and Fine Arts student Sheila Bates spent the evening painting skulls on children’s faces. Entertainment included performances by fire dancers, flamenco dancers, the Appalatin band, and the Mexican folkloric dance troupe Arco Iris Latino.

This year, the LALS program erected a special altar at KMAC to remember César Iván Aguilar Cano, the four-year-old Guatemalan boy whose disappearance from his house near Churchill Downs prompted a massive search that united the entire community. Christopher 2X, the representative of the Cano family and founder of Fight Crimes Against Children Partnerships arranged for Rhonda Buchanan, Director of Latin American and Latino Studies, to meet César Iván’s mother Rosalina Cano Quinteros. With this meeting, Professor Buchanan learned more about César Iván and the way in which the Day of the Dead is celebrated in Guatemala. Based on this interview, students of the LALS program created an altar that displayed César Iván’s portrait and his favorite foods, drinks, and toys. In addition, LALS held a Christmas toy drive to benefit Fight Crimes Against Children Partnerships. The donated gifts will be distributed this December to children whose families have been victims of homicide.

At 21 C Museum, students of Christopher Fulton’s Mexican Art and Architecture class paid homage to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with an altar constructed in the form of a bed, with Frida’s portrait prominently displayed. Gabrielle Mayer and students of the Hite Art Instutute honored “Las Muertas de Juárez,” the many women who have been murdered in Juárez with an installation of suitcases, each of which was a miniature altar representing the final journeys of the victims.

Ché Rhodes, Head of the Glass Program, and his students created a unique portal for the spirits to pay a visit from the Great Beyond. In addition, Lexington-based artist Robert Morgan created an elaborate site-specific altar that reflected his experiences in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Both the KMAC and 21 C altar spaces were adorned with whimsical silk paintings, created by UofL Scholar-in-Residence Luci Mistratov and her students, which were inspired by the Mexican art of cut paper known as papel picado.

The evening of November 1st culminated in the blessing of the altars by Father David Sánchez and a candle-lit march that headed down Main Street and passed through 21c before heading back to KMAC. Altars remained on display through the November 7th Friday Night Trolley Hop.

This collaboration was directed by Peter Morrin, of UofL’s Arts and Culture Partnership Initiative, that encourages interactions between the University of Louisville and our city’s museums, historical homes, and other cultural institutions. The planning committee included members from the university and the community:

  1. Arts and Culture Partnership Initiative: Peter Morrin and Janna Tajibaeva
  2. Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft: Kevin O’Brien, KMAC Director, Karen Welch, and Brittney Lunsford
  3. 21 C Museum: William Morrow, Director, and Kent Getsinger
  4. UofL Hite Art Institute: John Begley, Christopher Fulton, James Grubola, Gabrielle Mayer and Ché Rhodes
  5. Latin American and Latino Studies: Rhonda Buchanan, LALS Director
  6. College of Arts and Sciences Scholar-in-Residence Luci Mistratov
  7. Miguel Lagunas, Director of Arco Iris Latino and recipient of the 2008 Mayor’s International Award

This collaboration between UofL and the downtown museums was co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences “Arts and Culture Partnership Initiative,” the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, the Hite Art Institute and the Fine Arts Program, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. Generous publicity was provided by the Spanish language newspapers Al Día en América and Hoy en las Américas, and the local television program Soy Louisville, as well as FOX news, and the Courier-Journal.

Annual Day of the Dead is Celebrated on the UofL Campus at the Ekstrom Library Auditorium and the Red Barn and Expands to Include Mexican Restaurants

On November 3, 2008, the Spanish Section of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages also hosted its Annual Celebration of the Day of the Dead, with support from Al Día en América, Brazilian Studies, LALS, the Modern Languages Fund, and the Spanish Club at the Red Barn. Entertainment was provided by flamenco dancer Graciela Perrone, the Mexican folkloric dance troupe Arco Iris, and Spanish major Patrick Hughes. The audience also enjoyed a lunch of empanadas, arroz, and pan de muertos. In addition, the winners of the Day of the Dead Altar contest were announced. Of the 18 altars, which were on display the week before at the Ekstrom Library, Miluska Hall’s Peruvian altar “Tantawawas” was awarded first place. This year, an altar- building contest for local Mexican restaurants was organized by Spanish Professor Manuel  Medina and Miguel Lagunas, and the winner was announced at the Red Barn. Among the eight restaurants that participated in the contest, “Los Cántaros,” took first place. To view photos of all the altars, visit: http://modernlanguages.louisville.edu/spanish/daydead/altars_2008/


Political Science Professor Dewey Clayton talks about the 2008 election

Political science professor Dewey Clayton is researching and writing a book about Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He offers his thoughts on it, U.S. and global reaction to the presidential election, and the implications of Obama’s victory for future minority political candidates.

Dr. Clayton participated in "20 minutes" a series of occasional interviews with University of Louisville faculty about their research, expertise or scholarly interest. Read the interview on the UofL website: Dewey Clayton - 20 minutes on the 2008 Election


Alumni News: Alumni Day at the Races supports A&S scholarships

The UofL Alumni Association's annual "Fall Day at the Races" at Churchill Downs is an annual tradition providing a perfect opportunity to spend time with family, friends and fellow alumni. This year, for the first time, the event also provided a perfect way to support current and prospective A&S students.

The A&S Alumni Council is raising funds for A&S student scholarships -- with a goal of raising $10,000 -- and A&S alumni attending the Day at the Races were invited to invest as little as $5 to help reach this scholarship goal.

If you wish to donate to the A&S Alumni Council Scholarship Fund, but were unable to attend the event on November 28, you can make a donation by contacting Dan Hans in the College of Arts and Sciences at 502-852-6067 or djhans01@louisville.edu.

Alumni event calendar: Alumni Association Event Calendar