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"Asking is always a good, generous thing to do - especially if you listen to the answers"

David Syring. Used with permission.

When the subject of globalization comes up, it's frequently in the context of markets or economies, which can sometime be a little ... impenetrable to the average person.

But when you talk with Dr. David Syring, an anthropologist here at UMD, he's alight with excitement to talk about his discipline ("Anthopology brings the consciousness that there are many ways to be human in the world") and way the indigenous Saraguro people of southern Ecuador, for instance, respond to the idea of globalization through storytelling and art.

Credit David Syring. Used with permission.
Just one of the many patterns of necklaces created by the women of the cooperatives. The web site, created and maintained by Linda and Jim Belote, offers numerous examples of styles from the 1960s to the present.

You can register for today's virtual Alworth InstituteBrown Bag session with Dr. David Syring here.  It will be conducted via Zoom, and it's free and open to the public.

You can see more examples of the Saraguro women's cooperative beadwork here.

And speaking of beadwork, AICHO is debuting a virtual exhibition, Manidoominens: Still Beading After 10,000 Years tomorrow (October 9).Curated by Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe tribal member and artist Wendy Savage, the show features 29 regional beadwork artists representing 14 tribal nations in the midwest and Canada.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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