Events

Digital History at UC Merced

Posted in Academia, Digital Innovation, Events on May 15th, 2009 by Elijah Meeks – Comments Off

Tomorrow morning I’ll be giving a presentation on digital history as part of the big commencement celebration coinciding with the visit by first lady Michelle Obama. Along with giving me an opportunity to talk about the importance of using digital tools in the study of the humanities and integrating environmental systems into historical systems, it gives me the chance to show off some majestic cattle.

UC Merced students often complain about the cows, which is a shame, given the respect our ancestors gave to the animals.

UC Merced students often complain about the cows, which is a shame, given the respect our ancestors gave to the animals.

Hajra Meeks’ Art Exhibit during Michelle Obama’s Visit

Posted in Art, Events on April 21st, 2009 by Elijah Meeks – Comments Off
This Mughal-inspired, mixed media piece is one of the works to be displayed during Michelles visit.

This Mughal-inspired, mixed media piece is one of the works to be displayed during Michelle's visit.

The university library has confirmed that Hajra will get a wall to exhibit her art during the First Lady’s visit to UC Merced.  It’ll be located on the third floor of Kolligian library and the exhibit will remain up throughout the summer.  While Hajra’s work includes many secular pieces, notably those used in the posters for Son of the Great River, she also produces beautiful calligraphy and art inspired by the techniques of the Islamic Golden Age.  If you feel a limited edition, signed giclee print is a little too pricey, you can pick up a less expensive print at RedBubble.  There’s really no way to make a print of the mixed media pieces, but if you have $5000 burning a hole in your pocket or you recognize that it’s a paltry sum given the rising popularity of Islamic art, you can own an original.