April 24, 2018

WCU Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology Previews New Exhibit Featuring Beautiful Rwanda

West Chester University's Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology will preview its newest exhibit, Rwanda Nziza: Beautiful Rwanda, during a special opening reception sponsored by the Alumni Association for WCU alumni, faculty, and staff on Friday, April 27, 6-8:30 p.m., at Old Library (www.wcupa.edu/museum). RSVPs are requested to be made online.

The museum celebrates its 10th student co-curated exhibit, as well as the formal opening of the Shinehouse Gishwati Research Station, WCU's new primate research station at Gishwati National Park in Rwanda. Twenty-two students have co-curated this ambitious exhibit from start to finish as the practicum in their Museum Techniques class. The reception is also a unique opportunity to introduce the museum's partnership with the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which has loaned the display of several animal specimens.

Inspired by the new, post-conflict national anthem, Rwanda Nziza (Beautiful Rwanda), the exhibit is divided into three major areas that explore the splendor of Rwanda through a broader global context: nature and the primate research that is currently being conducted at WCU's new field station; devastating genocide in the late 1990s and post-genocide unity; and the effect of globalization on daily life from laws dealing with second-hand clothing to cultivation of coffee/tea for global markets to radical changes in the way children are educated.

Previously exhibited at the United Nations in July 2014, the award-winning mixed media art installation, 800,000: Acknowledge, Remember, Renew, by artist William Snyder III, is being featured as well. Also on display are photographs from artist Billy Ndengeyingo's Window Shopping: Learning from Kigali, Rwanda, and embroideries of daily life scenes by Pax Rwanda.

Those alumni, faculty, and staff in attendance will be treated to a mini lecture about the exhibit by West Chester University anthropologist and museum director Michael A. Di Giovine, a specialist in museum and heritage studies. Offering a discussion about their exciting work with primates in the tropical rainforest nestled along the Congo-Nile Divide will be Rebecca Chancellor, assistant professor in the Departments of Anthropology & Sociology and Psychology, and Aaron Rundus, associate professor in the Department of Psychology.

The museum is open to the general public free of charge Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rwanda Nziza: Beautiful Rwanda