A Note from Dr. Bruce Haight


(October 2013)
Dr. Haight retired in December 2011. He spent the last two years before retirement working with Peter Larr, his graduate assistant, to catalog 43 boxes of research notes from his work with Lamidi Fakeye. These have been given to WMU’s archives. He has an additional set of notes to catalog now. Sweet retirement!

One of every faculty member’s biggest challenges at retirement is to do something with the books in his/her office. Dr. Haight worked with several undergraduate assistants to identify which of his books were not in the collection of Northwestern University, where he got his Ph.D. and which has the world’s best Africana Library. Northwestern accepted about 60 of his rare books. Michigan State has the best Africana holdings in Michigan; they accepted a similar number. Of course, Waldo Library got first choice for books suitable to our undergraduates, and a fourth set of books went to Kalamazoo College’s Upjohn Library. Colleagues in African studies, graduate students, and undergraduates interested in Africa were given about 70% of his collection. 10% went home. (Thank you Brenda for your encouragement in this process.)

This year Haight accepted a wonderful opportunity. He curated many exhibitions of the African sculptor Lamidi Fakeye’s works from 1983-1999. This year the Muskegon Museum of Art has agreed to have him and a Muskegon artist, Lee Brown, be guest curators for “The Woodcarving of Lamidi Fakeye: Four Generations of Yoruba Masters and Apprentices.” December 12, 2013 – February 9, 2014. Haight will give the opening lecture at the Muskegon Museum of Art on December 12 2013 at 7:30 p.m. He will repeat the lecture at WMU on March 12th at 2 p.m. as part of the Emeriti Lecture Series.


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