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“I Am Somali”: Three Visual Artists From The Twin Cities

Thursday, April 19
 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)
2400 Third Avenue South,
Minneapolis, MN 55404

FREE EVENT - no museum entry or exhibit fee.

Meet in Mia’s lobby by 6:55 pm to join the Tour!!

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Presenter:   Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers

 In Somalia, poetry has long been the preferred medium for artistic expression—in fact, the country is sometimes called “the land of bards.” This is in part because of Somalia’s long Islamic tradition, which discourages the visual depiction of people while embracing the power of the spoken word. Yet Somali artists have also turned to other media, including drawing, painting, photography, and video. 

This exhibition celebrates the work of three Somali visual artists from the Twin Cities: Hassan Nor (81), Aziz Osman (69), and Ifrah Mansour (30). Nor and Osman were born in Somalia and grew up there, migrating to the United States in the 1990s after the outbreak of civil war at home. Their drawings and paintings look to the past, depicting life in Somalia before the war and in transit, on the way to their new country. Mansour, on the other hand, was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Minnesota. Her video addresses the cultural ignorance and stereotypes she encounters in her daily life. All three share stories of exile, memory, identity, pride, and resilience. 

 Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Mia Curator of African Art, ‘Arts of Africa and the Americas’ Department Head, and organizer of the “I Am Somali” exhibit, will provide us with a private group tour of the “I Am Somali” exhibit, as well as other Somali and Islamic artwork from the permanent galleries. 

This program is sponsored by CGS-MN, and co-sponsored by Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, and United Nations Association, MN.


Hope for a Better Tomorrow – Forging the Path Towards Forgiveness: Breaking the Cycle

                                        LOUISA HEXT

                                      LOUISA HEXT

Tuesday, May 1st

5:00 pm - Social time
5:30 pm - Dinner
6:15 pm - Speaker

Gandhi Mahal Restaurant
 3009 27th Ave. S., 
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Cost: $25 (includes dinner)

Pre-register by April 24th to Dick Bernard at dick_bernard@msn.com or call 651-334-5744.

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Presenter:   Louisa Hext

Louisa Hext is the North American coordinator for “The F Word | Stories of Forgiveness.” The exhibit curated in 2004 by The Forgiveness Project based in London, U.K uses story-telling to explore ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution and how they can be used to impact positively on people’s lives. Louisa coordinates a speaker’s bureau and engages in the challenging debate around forgiveness, calling into question our often fixed beliefs about right and wrong, good and evil, justice and morality. 

Louisa also has extensive experience working around human rights and has advocated for over twenty years. She is focused and passionate, always committed to ensuring equitable access of resources for the common good. She is a skilled and experienced mediator, consultant and coach. She serves as the Ambassador for The Charter for Compassion’s Peace and Restorative Justice sectors and has advanced degrees in Sociology. Louisa is a member of the Leadership Team of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers. 

Sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota and AMillionCopies.info

featured resource

Peacemakers of Minnesota video series

The Peacemakers of Minnesota Video Series is a collection of interviews of key individuals who have been part of the peace and justice movement in Minnesota for decades.  The project was conceived and interviews were conducted by Ehtasham Anwar (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center.  Videos were recorded by Suhail Ahmed (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center. The project was supervised by Dick Bernard, president (2005-07) of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers and then-vice-president of Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota.  



January 2018

Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World
by Dr. Joseph E. Schwartzberg

Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota and long-time CGS-MN Board Member

Book and accompanying Study Guide now available in SEVEN LANGUAGES! Ordering info here.