Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Tribute to Gloria Bonder & The UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America (based in Buenos Aires) on its 20th Anniversary

Gloria Bonder, who heads up both this Regional Chair and the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender, has worked tirelessly herself and guiding her colleagues to celebrate the feminist achievements of scholars worldwide. Her partnership with our Boston University-based UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture and People-Centered Development led to invaluable collaboration on volumes of Gender Perspectives in Case Studies Across Continents that we co-edit and co-publish. For the near future, I suggest that the stellar work of the Regional Chair merits the preparation and publication of a case study in our joint "Women & UN Origins" series, showcasing both challenges the Chair confronted and its accomplishments as a model contributor to the global dialogue promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. (From Brenda’s Tribute on behalf of the UNESCO/UNITWIN on the Regional Chair’s 20th Anniversary Jumbotron). Prof. Asha Mukherjee of our UNITWIN Network in India contributed a Tribute focusing on female training and education in West Bengal (see tributes below). “Brava” Gloria & team! (Photo credit:

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Unbound Visual Arts Presents: Invisible Disabilities - NOW In Person Exhibit!

Please see our UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Affiliate Unbound Visual Arts' latest Exhibition below! 


Invisible Disabilities Exhibit - In Person

Curated by Samantha M Joyce  

 June 3 - July 17, 2022

UVA's Arthaus Gallery, 43 N. Beacon St., Allston, MA 02134

Artists:  Sam Fein, Kyleah Kirby, Alex Miklowski, Linda Morgenstern, James Perry,  Jr., Stacy Shorr, Jenn Stanley, Susan K Teal, Jennifer Turpin, Yolanda He Yang

Opening Program and Reception:  Thursday June 9th, 2022 6:30 - 8:30 pm RSVP 

Live keyboard music by Mae Siu Wai Stroshane, refreshments and short artist talks

Art previewPress Release

Interactive reading and discussion led by Monica McAlpine, author of Winter Bride, her newly published poetic memoir about her mother's Parkinson's Disease. Issues of visibility and invisibility concerning the afflicted and their caregivers will be addressed. Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, 7:00 pm  RSVP coming soon.

This in-person is a follow-up to the virtual exhibit by the same title.

"...what happens when you have a disability that is not easily seen by the naked eye?" - Samantha Joyce

Curatorial Statement:

Samantha Joyce, Curator


When we look at art, we want to see ourselves represented in it and in the space where the art is showcased. But what happens when you have a disability that is not easily seen by the naked eye? 

Disabilities such as ASD (autism spectrum disorder), ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), chronic illnesses, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and mental illnesses are not always recognizable to individuals who are not familiar with them. Because invisible disabilities often go unrecognized, people with invisible disabilities are underrepresented in many gallery exhibitions.

With this exhibition, I want to create a safe and welcoming place for individuals who have invisible disabilities to share their experiences and their artwork. This exhibition aims to represent a variety of experiences and explores questions about representation: In what ways do works of visual art shed light on the experiences of those with invisible disabilities? To whom are different invisible disabilities visible and to whom are they invisible? Can increasing representation of individuals with invisible disabilities in art and other media lead to broader social changes?

It is my hope that this exhibit helps educate the public about invisible disabilities and provides a framework for how invisible disabilities can be better represented in the visual arts. I want other galleries and museums to see what we have created and follow suit, so we can continue to build a wider audience for artists with invisible disabilities.

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