Africa, Haiti, and Latin America

In light of the President’s recent comments about Africa, Haiti, and Latin America, we would like to highlight resources related to those geographical areas. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but it is meant to be a starting point for learning more about these areas of the world.

The African American Intellectual Historical Society has published a syllabus and supplementary reading list related to the current President and his administration.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, and Caribbean Collections at KU Libraries include nearly 500,000 titles; its collection on Central America alone is among the top three in the nation with 106,000 titles. It contains particularly strong holdings on Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Cuba, Haiti, and Mexico. The collection has extensive breadth in literature, language, culture, history, political science, economics, geography, and other fields in the social sciences and the humanities.

Librarians have created several research guides related to Latin American Studies as well as Spanish and Portuguese languages and literatures.

Recent Information on Haiti and El Salvador

The Economic Impact Of Trump’s Decision To End Protected Status For Salvadorans

Scholar Urges Trump to Study Haiti’s History

African Collection

Africana collections at KU Libraries include approximately 80,000 printed volumes. The Libraries receive over 1,000 serial publications, the predominant majority of which are available electronically. In addition to the regular collection of printed holdings, the Africana collections include maps and atlases, U.S. federal and international documents, microforms, videocassettes and DVD’s, digital resources, and several special collections of note.

Librarians have created several research guides related to African Studies.

The following resources are related to social justice issues in African countries:

Crimes against Albinos in Africa 

Albino killings in Africa [electronic resource] / by Camilla Folsach Madsen. [online resource]

White black boy [electronic resource] / [produced by] Fourhands Film ; [a film by] Camilla Magid. [online resource]

LGBTQI in Africa 

Stories of our lives : queer narratives from Kenya : from an archive of stories collected for the ’Stories of our lives’ research project / by the NEST Collective

Out in Africa [electronic resource] : LGBT organizing in Namibia and South Africa / Ashley Currier.

Male homosexuality in South Africa : identity formation, culture, and crisis / Gordon Isaacs and Brian McKendrick. [volume]

Under pressure : the regulation of sexualities in South African secondary schools / Deevia Bhana ; edited by John Marnell. [volume]

Country we want to live in : hate crimes and homophobia in the lives of black lesbian South Africans / Nonhlanhla Mkhize … [et al.]

God loves Uganda / a film by Roger Ross Williams ; a Full Credit Productions and Motto Pictures production ; Ford Foundation, ITVS and Independent Lens present ; directed and produced by Roger Ross Williams ; producer, Julie Goldman ; writers, Roger Ross [other, other]

Civil liberties consideration for conference site selection

As library professionals, we should be considering the importance of the civil liberties of country, province/state/territory, or city when choosing a conference site. This issue was addressed in a recent article on the ARL News website on December 6, 2017. On behalf of the Association for Research Libraries (ARL), Mary Ann Mavrinac, ARL president, Gerald Beasley, chair of the ARL Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Ed Van Gemert, chair of the ARL Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, issued a letter to the International Federation of Libraries Association (IFLA) via president Glòria Pérez-Salmerón in opposition of the 2018 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The ARL letter cites the dangerous and discriminatory laws toward individuals that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or intersex (LGBTQI) in addition to the government censorship and violation of privacy and confidentiality. The ARL letter states the importance of a safe environment where the freedom of expression is valued for all participants.

For more information please see the following links:
ARL News

US Department of State: Malaysia 2016 Human Rights Report