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A CONVERSATION WITH PICO IYER

Inspirational interview and conversation with Pico Iyer who talks about Envisioning a Future in the Post-Pandemic World. Pico is the voice we need in our world today–he describes himself as “a global village on two legs,” and he has seen it all. His is a voice of reason for those of us who are re-entering society after a year of fear. Pico Iyer’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Both his 2008 meditation on the XIVth Dalai Lama, The Open Road, and his TED Book, The Art of Stillness, were best sellers across the US. Between 2012 and 2019, Pico delivered multiple talks for TED, his latest being the opening talk for TEDSummit in 2019. An essayist for TIME since 1986, Pico is a constant contributor the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, Granta and more than 200 other newspapers and magazines worldwide, and he has published introductions to 70 other works. Influential Voices is a speakers series sponsored by the Cultural & Natural History Collections. It is our way to highlight the work of thought leaders, cultural influencers, humanitarians, and those who work for social justice. We are the original University of La Verne museum, established in the same year as the university–1891. We are supported entirely by donations, and appreciate any amount, should our dear reader wish to donate: https://thespot.laverne.edu/cnhc​The Conversation with Pico Iyer was recorded on April 18, 2021. It was a beautiful day in southern California. For Pico, who was dialing in from Japan, the week was just starting; he spoke to us in the early morning hours of April 19, 2021. All participants joined us on Zoom, a wonderful option for our global community.

A DIALOGUE WITH LE LY HAYSLIP

Motivational and inspirational interview with Le Ly Hayslip who speaks about peace and reconciliation. She is a true voice of influence, humanitarian, and memoirist. As a Vietnamese American, Le Ly grew up in wartime Vietnam and came to the U.S. as a refugee. She has devoted her life to assisting refugees both here and in Southeast Asia, sponsored an orphanage and schools near her home village in Vietnam, and supported other communities throughout Southeast Asia following natural disasters. Le Ly founded the East Meets West Foundation and the Global Village Foundation. Her books became the source and inspiration for Oliver Stone’s 1993 film, Heaven and Earth. Influential Voices is a speakers series sponsored by the Cultural & Natural History Collections. We are the original University of La Verne museum, established in the same year as the university–1891. We are supported entirely by donations, and appreciate any amount, should our dear reader with to donate: https://thespot.laverne.edu/cnhc The Dialogue with Le Ly Hayslip was recorded on November 8, 2020. It was a rainy day in southern California, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. All participants dialed in on Zoom.

IN THE NEWS!

Back off, pickers: How one man’s collection became rescued — and treasured — by local historians

WE HAVE BEEN AWARDED A CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK GRANT!

The Cultural & Natural History Collections will receive a Quick Grant to fund our project: “A Life in Service: Stories from the International Voluntary Service.” Click on the link below for further details:

http://calhum.org/funding-opportunities/humanities-for-all/list-of-humanities-for-all-grants/

THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS HAS SELECTED OUR COLLECTIONS FOR THEIR MUSEUM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM!

A national organization has selected the University of La Verne’s Cultural and Natural History Collections for a program that will help increase the collections’ exposure, funding, and educational opportunities. The American Alliance of Museums will help the university’s collections align with best practices used in the museum industry. The group’s Museum Assessment Program has helped improve more than 5,000 small and mid-sized museums of all types since it began in 1981.

CHECK OUT OUR EXHIBIT AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR! September 1-24, 2017

Step inside a castle that takes you to a realm of fantasy, imagination and experience. Immerse yourself in our medical, skeletal, fantastical, and pop culture exhibits. The building also has live animals, dragons and many activities that are not only fun but educational!
Location: Building 10
Time: ALL DAY
Cost: FREE
Age: ALL AGES

ART WORKS GRANT AWARDED TO THE CNHC THROUGH THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE
$10,000
La Verne, CA
Art Works – Museum
To support the digitization of art and design related artifacts. The online archival resource will provide access to the collections of cultural and natural history at the University of La Verne, reducing the need for handling and unnecessary exposure. Artifacts to be digitized will include indigenous South American textiles, Native American basketry from the American West, Chinese and African carvings, musical instruments, and everyday articles of modern living that display the artistry of industrial design. Once digitized, the collections will be available to artists, researchers, elementary and secondary schools, and others for design reference, historical research, instruction, and collaborative exhibitions.

PROFESSOR GAINS UNESCO DESIGNATION FOR MICRONESIA RUINS

Dr. Felicia R. Beardsley, the Director of Cultural & Natural History Collections and professor of Anthropology at the University of La Verne, is part of a team that added Nan Madol to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List. Read more about her amazing work here.

MUSEUM JOB SPOTLIGHT

How exciting is the Collections? Exciting enough to be nationally recognized by Museum Hack! What is Museum Hack you ask? A new company in New York, Museum Hack, is reinventing the museum tour from the outside in. Museum Hack uses the world class collection at incredible museums around the world to focus on hidden works, oddities, and saucy stories. And the Collections is one of their picks!