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Drs. Mary Nooter Roberts and Allen F. Roberts are co-curators and principal authors for Passport to Paradise. Mary (better known as Polly) is an Africanist art historian and Chief Curator at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History. Allen, an Africanist anthropologist, is Professor in UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures. The Robertses have long experience in Africa and have written and curated a number of books and exhibitions, both separately and together. Their Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History (1996) won the College Art Association's coveted Alfred Barr Award for Museum Scholarship, as the first Africanist book to be so honored. To develop the Passport to Paradise exhibition program, the Robertses' have made more than a dozen research trips to Senegal since 1994 through generous funding from the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the University of Iowa, and UCLA. Doran H. Ross, Director of UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History, brings his own research in Senegal and many years of museum-oriented African art history to the project. The Passport to Paradise exhibition program has received encouragement from His Excellency Yellimane Kane, Senegalese Minister of Culture (1998), and from Serigne Saliou Mbacké, General Caliph of the Mourides (1995, 1997). A great many Senegalese friends have offered warm hospitality and wise guidance to the project, and especially Ousmane Gueye, research associate to Passport to Paradise, and close friends Djiko Camara and Mapathé Kane. Celebrated scholars from Senegal, France, England, Canada, and the United States are consultants to Passport to Paradise and contributors to the book to accompany the traveling exhibition. Information about the exhibition and book will be forthcoming as the 2002 opening approaches.