• Multicultural women’s art exhibit opens • UP’s Gabriel Esteban is new Seton Hall president

The exhibit by 12 multicultural women artists will continue to hang at the Project Reach 4th Floor Gallery, 39 Eldridge Street until March 31. The event is part of the feminist organization AF3IRM‘s commemoration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

“Arrivals/Departures: Women’s Experience of Migration Under Globalization,” curated by Leilani Montes, a Guatemalan-Mexican, and Filipino novelist Ninotchka Rosca, opened March 17 to a packed hall. The artists in the exhibit are: Ana Bravo, Isela Xospa, Mexican; Athena Magcase-Lopez, Mona Lunot, Filipina; Ann Kwak, Korean/Hawaiian; Erin Yoshi, Japanese; Besos Not Bombs, Armenian/Latina; Favianna Rodriguez, Chicana; Joanne Ludwig, Thai/German; Miatta Kawinzi, Kenyan/Liberian; Tatyana Fazlalizaldeh, Iranian/Black; and Leilani Montes.

The exhibit conveys the message that migration is “not simply a legal, labor, procedural or policy issue; it is a life-changing experience for the immigrants and their children,” the organizers said in a statement.

The following day, Mexican Yadira De La Riva did a solo performance about life on the U.S.-Mexico border. This was followed by an open forum.

Curators Ninotchka Rosca (left) and Leilani Montes

Some of the guests


ConGen De Leon (left) presents Esteban a token from the Consulate.

In South Orange, New Jersey on March 16, officers of the Philippine Consulate paid a visit to Seton Hall University President Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban, 49, the first Filipino American and Asian American to become SHU president. He is also the first lay president in more than two decades of this Catholic university. The school offers a course in Filipino as one of the Asian languages.

New Consul General Mario de Leon Jr. led the delegation of about 20 consular officials and staff. He expressed appreciation for the continued teaching of Filipino language, and suggested a lecture series about the Philippines for SHU’s Filipino American students.

Esteban, who joined SHU in 2007 as provost and chief academic officer, outlined his goals which included making SHU more competitive, increasing the student population, and investing in new facilities. He said SHU has existing tie-ups with the UP College of Nursing and De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde.

According to the SHU website, Esteban attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and completed the Japan Management Program at the Japan-America Institute for Management Science. He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Irvine, an M.S. in Japanese Business Studies from Chaminade University in Honolulu, as well as an M.B.A. and B.S. in mathematics from the University of the Philippines.

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