Newsletter: Emeriti Connection
The Emeriti Connection Newsletter was launched in September of 2017 by emerita professor Pat Mezinskis, then interim Executive Director, with its 20th issue appearing in summer 2022. The newsletter details the abundance of intellectual, social, wellness, and service opportunities that make the UC Emeriti Association such a vibrant and welcoming community.
The newsletter includes regular columns from the President and Executive Director, and "Second Act" stories from our emeriti community near and far. The newsletter is now produced by the Assocation's Editorial & Communications team.
Below, you can find an archive of previously distributed newsletters. To be added to the Emeriti Association mailing list for future editions, please contact Joanna Mitro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excerpts from Recent Newsletters
Cynthia Lockhart's Fiber Art Aesthetically Affirms the U.N.'s Declaration of Freedom and Equality
World affairs today remind us that the United Nations 1948 Declaration of Human Rights is still aspirational, especially Article 28 which affirms that “everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which [their] rights and freedoms” can be realized in peace and harmony. The UN’s global goals affirm artistic storytelling that asserts our human right “to be” uniquely and fantastically ourselves, and is a large part of what inspires the oeuvre of Cynthia Lockhart, and what drew the curators of the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, to bestow a rare honor to our gifted Emerita—the inclusion of her quilt “Created to be Me” in the Renwick’s permanent collection.
This piece of vibrant, colorful, and delightfully creative fiber art inspired by Article 28 was donated earlier this year by the noted Cincinnati art enthusiast and collector, Sara Vance, in honor of Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, the founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) who has been a mentor to Cynthia. Indeed, it was one of Dr. Mazloomi’s calls for artists for a WCQN exhibition that became the genesis for “Created to be Me.”
In discussing her 2017 fiber art, “Created to be Me,” Cynthia notes that the “visual imagery in the art represents a free spirit and celebrates the unending possibilities of the power of creativity.” She passionately affirms that “we are all human and have equal rights” and indeed “we were born to dwell on this planet together” and be given the freedom “to contribute our talents and gifts to mankind in our unique ways.” This newest piece to grace the Renwick Gallery’s collection reflects a “kaleidoscope of diverse influences” including “nature, fashion, music, dance, travel, African and Cultural Arts”—a hallmark of Lockhart’s art.