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UM has been selected as Montana’s host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of one of the world’s most treasured books—the Shakespeare First Folio. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring the exhibition to all fifty states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico next year. It will be at UM from May 9 to 31, 2016. “Each state will host a copy of the folio, and I am proud that we get to represent Montana,” says Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Associate Professor Julie Biando Edwards. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Montana, and I am so pleased to be a part of it.” The Mansfield Library and Montana Museum of Art & Culture submitted the application to bring the First Folio to campus and will partner to make it a valuable experience for the entire community.
The journal Proceedings of the Bhutan Ecological Society recently launched with support from researchers and a doctoral student in UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation. UM faculty members Jill Belsky, Mark Hebblewhite, and Steve Siebert, as well as UM doctoral student Tshering Tempa, are members of the journal’s editorial board. Belsky, Hebblewhite, and Siebert all have worked in Bhutan on a variety of research projects—from studying Asian tigers to looking at historic livelihoods—for more than a decade. Several Bhutanese graduate students also have attended UM. Proceedings can be read online at www.bhutanecologicalsociety.org.bt/publications.php.
UM students soon will have the opportunity to learn the Hindi language. UM’s South & Southeast Asian Studies program was awarded a Fulbright instructor to teach the language during the 2015-16 academic year. Gaurav Mishra, a native Hindi speaker, will arrive mid-August to teach a two-course sequence of elementary Hindi. Mishra is from Uttar Pradesh in northern India, and he currently teaches English as a second language at a college in India. “This is a rare honor and a big achievement because only four universities in the nation have been allotted Hindi instructors,” UM liberal studies Professor Ruth Vanita says. Hindi, the national language of India, is the third-most common language in the world.