The Intentional Museum


Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:15pm


Zoom (RSVP Required)

Christy Coleman, Executive Director, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University

Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History Harvard University

Moderated by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Dean, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; Professor of History, Harvard University

American historian Christy Coleman is the distinguished lecturer for the 2021 Seminar in Innovative Curatorial Practice. Coleman is renowned for creating innovative, engaging, and inclusive museum exhibitions and programs that tell a comprehensive story of American history. In this program she will discuss the power that museums have to genuinely engage with communities around what matters most to them. While expertise within the museums is invaluable, it is wasted if not used to help communities address their issues and aspirations.

The Seminar in Innovative Curatorial Practice

Established in 2014 this is a partnership between the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture and the Harvard Art Museums. The program engages renowned scholars whose innovative and interdisciplinary practice challenges traditional approaches to exhibitions. These innovators share their work with the broader public through a lecture, and with Harvard students and faculty, through discussions focused on rethinking ways to integrate the university’s art, natural history, science, and social science collections with the teaching and research mission of the university.

Presented in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, as part of the presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery.

Advance registration required. Please note that registration closes 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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