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Bridge Gallery Exhibits 2013

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Musical sounds and native ecologies: musical instruments and cultural sustainability

(05/01/13 - 08/15/13)

Honolulu, HI ~ The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library and the Music Department’s Ethnomusicology Program have collaborated on an exhibit in Hamilton Library’s Bridge Gallery, Musical sounds and native ecologies: musical instruments and cultural sustainability.  The exhibit is viewable from May – August 15, 2013, and highlights the valuable instrument collection which is also a teaching resource that is housed in the Ethnomusicology Program.  The Ethnomusicology Instrument Collection is a member of the University Museum Consortium directed by Dr. Karen Kosasa.

Musical instruments not only make music—they are often our oldest objects that document a musical tradition.  As tangible objects they draw upon the physical environment, the land, where a people takes root and a society establishes its identity. Thus instruments are not only part of a society’s expressive culture, they are part of the history of its material culture and its ecology as well. That ecology has both physical and societal aspects, both of which are subject to development and change.

Sustainability of a culture’s music as part of its identity is linked to the sustainability of its natural resources. Resources can change through environmental degradation. Two examples that impact music:  the disappearance of virgin stands of Hawaiian bamboo due to urbanization, and the lowered tensile strength of Japanese silk through air pollution.

Resources also change through innovation and discovery. Metal technology enabled bells to replace sonorous stone and for metal to replace gourd as holder for bamboo pipes. The changes in technology and material resulted in an economy of working time and a greater availability of the instrument.

Further, cross-cultural contact can generate change in resources and materials.  For example, the sardine can and the cardboard box become “fair game” for instrument building in Africa and Polynesia, respectively.

Musical instruments exhibit both a rich diversity of types and a range of variants for each type—they reflect the resources available to a society and inform what happens when conditions of availability change. As a statement of sustainability, musical instruments exemplify an indigenous sense of what is aesthetic, what is creative, and—ultimately—what is embraceable heritage.

The exhibit is guest-curated by Dr. Ricardo D. Trimillos, Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology and former Chair of Asian Studies, with Dr. Teri Skillman, curator for the Library.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during summer building hours, weekdays from 8 am – 5pm.

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White Rose

The White Rose : nonviolent resistance against the Nazi regime

(01/07/13 - 03/23/13)

A photo exhibition chronicling the brief yet intense bloom of the White Rose nonviolent resistance movement against the Nazi regime is currently on tour across the United States, and it’s coming to the University of Hawaii at Manoa!

The White Rose exhibit will be open to the public from Monday, January 7 to Friday, March 22, 2013 in the Hamilton Library Bridge Gallery during building hours.

On Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm, there will be an opening reception for the White Rose exhibit in the Hamilton Bridge Gallery (  It is free and open to the public.  For public transportation <> check The Bus routes.  Parking is free on campus on Sundays.

The exhibit chronicles the White Rose movement, which was formed in 1942 by a group of students and supported by philosophy Professor Kurt Huber of the University of Munich in a bold bid to stand up to the Nazi regime.

The group was famous for its leaflet and graffiti campaign, which took place from June 1942 to February 1943.  The leaflets, which they designed and printed, denounced the politics and crimes of the Nazi regime and called for active opposition to them.

Among the group’s core members were the siblings Sophie and Hans Scholl, as well as Alex Schmorell, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, Traute Lafrenz, Katherina Schueddekopf, Lieselotte Berndl, Marie-Luise Jahn, Falk Hamack and Juergen Wittenstein.

In 1943, the six most recognizable members of the group were arrested by the Gestapo and beheaded. The group’s sixth leaflet was smuggled out of Germany by Helmuth James Graf von Moltke. In July 1943, Allies planes dropped copies of the leaflet retitled “The manifesto of the Students of Munich” over Germany.

Today, the group’s members are admired as heroes. Schools and public places across Germany have been named in honor of the Scholl siblings.

The exhibit has previously been shown in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California. And interest to bring the exhibit out has been indicated by institutions in Toronto and Tel Aviv.   We’re thrilled to have the exhibit at the University of Hawaii!

The exhibit will be open to the public from Monday, January 7 - Friday, March 23, 2013 during Hamilton Library Business Hours. For library hours, visit:

Generously sponsored by the German Consulate of San Francisco; the Honorary German Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany; the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature; the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, and the UHM Library.

Organized and Guest Curated by Professor Christina Gerhardt, Assistant Professor of German / LLEA -


White Rose

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