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2007.08.31 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Criss Library to Hold Lecture on Afghan Maps

Omaha - The Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) currently has on display “Land of Bones: Afghanistan in Historic Maps” a magnificent collection of historic maps and artifacts representing the land and the people of Afghanistan.  

In conjunction with the exhibit, a public presentation by Nigel J.R. Allan, “Passland and Plants: Mapping Afghanistan by the British and the Nazis,” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m.   Both the presentation and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Allan, professor emeritus at the University of California-Davis, is a cultural geographer who has dedicated his life and research to the intercultural zone where South Asia meets Central Asia and the Middle East.  His more recent research has taken him into northern Pakistan, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh state of India, Nepal, China's Tibet and Xinjiang provinces and Tajikistan.  Since 9/11, Allan has provided interviews and assistance to a wide variety of media and scholarly sources including, Fox TV, NBC TV, BBC TV, USA TodayTime and National Public Radio.

“Afghanistan is rich in history that is unknown to many Americans, and we are excited to bring this exhibit and Professor Allan’s presentation to the UNO Campus,” said Steve Shorb, dean of the UNO Criss Library.  “Our presenter, Nigel Allan, is a fascinating speaker and the evening of the 4th promises to be interesting, informative and entertaining.  It will be a great chance to see the ‘Land of Bones’ exhibit, which includes 300 year old maps, and some unique military and cultural artifacts.”

Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak with Afghanistan experts after the program. 

“We’ve lined up a group of experts including Nigel Allan, Thomas Gouttierre, Jack Shroder and Shaista Wahab,” Shorb said. “People will be able to speak with them informally -- and between the four of them, no Afghanistan question should go unanswered.”

Refreshments will be served. 

“Land of Bones” will be on display at the Criss Library through Monday, Sept. 17. For more information about the exhibition and program, contact Shaista Wahab, Afghanistan Collections librarian, at (402) 554-2404 or e-mail swahab@mail.unomaha.edu.

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