IDEA STARTER SESSION: What is the Role of the 21st-Century Museum?
Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III offered pre-recorded remarks on the role of museums and cultural organizations today, in the age of the “dual pandemics”—COVID-19 and racial injustice. Afterwards, a moderated discussion with three conversationalists reflected on the Secretary’s remarks and explored the question, “How do we respond to the challenges of a global pandemic, racial injustice, and political divisiveness in ways that enable our visitors to take productive action?”
Eduardo Díaz, Director, Smithsonian Latino Center
Terri Freeman, Director, National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, Tennessee)
Sarah Pharaon, Principal, Dialogic Consulting
Myriam Springuel, Director, SITES and Smithsonian Affiliations