March 2013

Event: The Farm at Black Mountain College

Posted by on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 2:25pm
The Farm at Black Mountain College

Friends of the University Library and the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program present:

The Farm at Black Mountain College: A History in Five Acts with Lessons for Today

A talk by Professor David Silver, University of San Francisco

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Belk Library, room 114

This talk presents the history of the farm at North Carolina’s Black Mountain College (1933-1956). Widely regarded as the most influential art school in the history of U.S. higher education, Black Mountain College’s faculty-student roster reveals a "who's who" of late 20th century artists and thinkers. At the same time, the college was heavily experimental in developing rich and collaborative living-learning environments--especially with their work program, which had students, professors, and staff working side by side to help the campus thrive and, at times, survive. Much of this work took place on the campus farm. Tracing the farm's physical existence, its personnel, its buildings and structures, and its produce, crops, and livestock, grown and raised for both college consumption and much needed income, Silver reveals the farm's vital role to BMC's work program and the college's goal to be self-sustaining and points towards some valuable lessons for today's "green campuses."

David Silver is an associate professor of media studies, environmental studies, and urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco. He teaches classes on media history, social media, and green media. He is currently on sabbatical working on a history of the farm at Black Mountain College.

Please contact Lynn Patterson ( or 828-262-2087) with any questions about the program.

Film Showing and Discussion: Make Hummus Not War

Posted by Allan Scherlen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 1:08pm
Make Hummus Not War movie poster

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Make Hummus Not War is a humorous film journey though the hummus bars and kitchens of Beirut, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and New York. Along the way the filmmaker encounters Palestinian and Israeli hummus cooks, chickpea farmers, political leaders, activists, Jewish settlers, and others for whom hummus is a near religious obsession.

The film will be introduced by Dr. Curt Ryan, who will also lead discussion on peace and cultural commonalities in the Middle East following the film. Dr. Ryan is associate professor of political science at Appalachian State, a scholar of Middle Eastern politics, and author of the books Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy and Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the ASU Humanities Council with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities- NEH Bridging Cultures, Muslim Journeys grant and the Bivens Fund for Library Excellence. This is the third in a series of programs that compose the 2013 Muslim Journeys Program.

More description of the film: Could a regional love of hummus be the recipe for peace in the Middle East? This was the question on director Trevor Graham's mind when he set out to film Make Hummus Not War, a documentary about the Middle Eastern conflict you don't see on the nightly news.

One of the oldest-known prepared foods in human history, hummus is claimed by multiple Middle Eastern nationalities. So when Trevor Graham, a self-described hummus tragic, learned of a 2008 Lebanese plan to sue Israel for acting as if it had proprietary rights over the dish, he was intrigued and hungry for more. With Israel, Lebanon and Palestine fighting once again - over who 'owns' the hummus heritage - he set off on a personal journey into a colorful culinary history.

“Hummus and chickpeas are a symbol of our common humanity. I want this movie to say ‘We have more in common than divides us.’” Trevor Graham [filmmaker]

For more infomation contact: Allan Scherlen, Belk Library -

Muslim Journeys Event: Research Presentation by Ali Raza

Posted by on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:51pm

Revisiting of Mughal Miniature: Traditional and Contemporary Practices in Pakistan
Wednesday, March 20, a 5 p.m. in 114 Belk Library. 

Ali Raza, Assistant Professor of Art and an artist who teaches painting at Appalachian State University, will give a talk titled "Revisiting of Mughal Miniature: Traditional and Contemporary Practices in Pakistan" Wednesday, March 20, a 5 p.m. in 114 Belk Library.  

Trained as a painter and printmaker, Ali Raza currently practices in multiple media. He has been actively exhibiting his work internationally and spends his time between Pakistan and the U.S. In the last few years he has shown his work in the U.S., UK, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Canada, Austria, and UAE.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the ASU Humanities Council and Belk Library as part of the programming for the NEH Bridging Cultures, Muslim Journeys grant.