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Ron Eglash on CBC Docuseries, Enslaved, for United Nations Panel


On Fri­day, June 11, Ron Eglash, a pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan School of Infor­ma­tion and Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, par­tic­i­pated in an online panel dis­cus­sion of the six-part CBC docuseries, Enslaved. The panel was orga­nized by the United Nations Depart­ment of Global Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and focused on the fourth episode of the series, New World Cul­tures.“

Eglash, widely known for his work in the field of eth­no­math­e­mat­ics — par­tic­u­larly for his study of these African frac­tal pat­terns — worked with pro­duc­ers as a con­sul­tant for the series. He also appeared in the fifth episode, Resis­tance,” where he dis­cusses frac­tal struc­tures in a 1,000 year-old church in Lal­i­bela, Ethiopia; mod­ern African tex­tiles at a mar­ket nearby; and adinkra sym­bols that are part of his cur­rent research in the vil­lage of Ntonso in Ghana. He also demos his frac­tal sim­u­la­tion tools that were devel­oped at UMSI in the episode.

Learn more about Eglash’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the docuseries and watch the UN panel.