In 1977 Dr. Colbert "Cokie" Held came to Baylor University to be the diplomat-in-residence. Up until that time Dr. Held was a Foreign Service officer who worked in the Middle East as a geographic attachè. He and his wife Mildred were based in Lebanon but lived in a variety of countries in the Middle East. Over several decades of living and working in the area Dr. Held amassed a personal collection of more than 19,000 photographs of the region, as well as photographs depicting the people, places, customs and political nature of the region. Over the last six months Dr. Held has worked with graduate student Corinne Peters on selecting photographs for the installation.
The main exhibit will be displayed in the W. R. Poage Exhibit Gallery in Poage Library, while additional items will be available to view at Moody/Jones Library, The Texas Collection and the Armstrong Browning Library.
The opening reception for the Middle East Patterns: Places, Peoples, and Politics exhibit will be from 2:00 to 3:30 on Feb. 7, 2013. It will run until May 15, 2013 in the Poage Gallery with varying end dates for the other locations.