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By Compiled by Crystal R. Reid

UNO, El Museo Latino to host photo exhibition by David Bacon

Journalist and photographer David Bacon has documented child labor along the U.S./Mexican border, the hardships of California field workers and strikes among Los Angeles industrial workers.

One of his latest efforts, a photographic investigation of migration, is coming to Omaha April 23 in conjunction with a conference sponsored by the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS). The conference, titled “The Second Cumbre of the Great Plains – Re-Visioning Latino America: New Perspectives on Migration, Transnationalism and Integration” is set for April 22-24 at the Hilton Omaha. “Cumbre” is the Spanish word for “summit.”

Bacon’s exhibition, “Beyond Borders: Transnational Working Communities” will be on display at El Museo Latino April 23 through Aug. 31.

“It is the product of an unprecedented collaboration between a UNO program and this premier Latino museum – the only one in the Great Plains region,” said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and associate professor of sociology at UNO. “The exhibit is a testimony to the transnational strategies for survival that immigrant workers and their families must carve in order to support their families in today’s global economy.”

It includes photos from Latino workers and their families living in “transnational communities” that expand to places such as Santa Eulalia, Guatemala, and Grand Island, Neb.

On Friday, April 22, Bacon will discuss “Beyond Borders: Transnational Working Communities” in a conference session set for 7:30 p.m. at El Museo Latino, 4701 South 25th St. Joining Bacon will be some of the Omaha workers and families who participated in the project. This session is free and open to the public.

El Museo Latino is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday from 1 to 7 p.m.; Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed on Sunday. For more information about the museum, call 731-1137.

The conference is made possible through the support of the U.S. Department of Education and local sponsors First National Bank of Omaha and Security National Bank. The exhibition received major funding from the Mammel Foundation.

SPR to host Community of Science session today

The UNO Office of Sponsored Programs and Research will host a Community of Science open lab session today at 11:30 a.m. in room 207 of the Criss Library. SPR hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various on-line resources available through COS.

Faculty members who would like assistance in updating their COS expertise profile should bring both a hard copy and electronic version of their curriculum vitae. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554-2286.

Des Moines Register journalist to speak at 2005 Journalism Conference April 18

Ken Fuson an award-winning journalist from The Des Moines Register, will be the featured speaker at the UNO School of Communication’s annual high school journalism conference Monday, April 18. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center’s Bootstrapper Hall.

Fuson will present “Adventures in Feature Writing: Interviewing a Woman Who Gave a Dog Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation, Witnessing the Arrest of Three Kidnappers, and Hanging out with Brett Favre.” UNO students, staff and faculty members are welcome to attend.