Three new exhibitions at Duke University Libraries explore the human experience of farmworkers and the history of a nonprofit organization, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), dedicated to improving their lives; the exhibits will be on view through December 9, 2012. An opening reception will feature Latin American food and speakers reflecting on SAF’s evolution and the transformative power of student activism; the event is free and open to the public. SAF has spent the past two decades advocating for the rights of farmworkers—raising awareness, mentoring migrant youth, training college students in organizing skills, and assisting with rural clinics, legal aid offices, and unions. The organization’s papers are held at Duke’s Human Rights Archive.
Thursday, September 20, 5 p.m.
Perkins Library Rare Book Room
Duke University West Campus
Durham, North Carolina
All three exhibits were curated by SAF, Duke library staff, and students in the spring 2012 Politics of Food course, an undergraduate Documentary Studies class taught by Center for Documentary Studies director of undergraduate education Charlie Thompson.
SAF: 20 Years of Growing Farmworker Activists in the Perkins Gallery features documentary photographs, protest signs, campaign materials, and more items from SAF’s work history. An adjacent exhibit on The Art of SAF demonstrates the organization’s use of creative arts in education and outreach.
Documenting the Politics of Food in the Rubenstein Library Corridor Gallery features photographs from the collections in the Archive of Documentary Arts containing significant material on agriculture and agricultural labor in the United States. The exhibit focuses on agricultural policies and the effect of those policies on farmworkers, food production, and consumption.
These exhibits are part of a larger series of events around the state celebrating the twentieth anniversary of SAF, including a portable mural display and oral history interviews with National Public Radio’s StoryCorps. More information can be found at www.saf-unite.org or http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/human-rights.