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Upcoming Events

In collaboration with the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, and Affiliates across the country, we are hosting Virtual Scholar Talks each Wednesday in March 2021 during Women’s History Month. Join us for these upcoming talks or catch up on one you may have missed in the library below.

Figure with braided hair in a green animal print shirt on a red and gold backgroundMarch 24, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Ancient Worlds, Contemporary Selves: Smithsonian Scholars Explore Intersectionality
In this discussion, scholars explore how artists integrate the ancient world within their contemporary artistic practice. In so doing, their works update and create new meanings, allowing them to pass on complex and layered cultural interpretations to future generations. Featuring: Michelle Delaney, PhD, Assistant Director for History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; Healoha Johnston, Curator, Asian Pacific American Women’s Cultural History, Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center; Claudia Zapata, Curatorial Assistant, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Image: Melanie Cervantes, Dignidad Rebelde, “Between the Leopard and the Jaguar,” 2019, screenprint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Samuel and Blanche Koffler Acquisition Fund, 2020.39.5, © 2019, Melanie Cervantes


About Virtual Scholar Talks

Smithsonian Affiliations develops special online events offered exclusively to Smithsonian Affiliates and their communities. Virtual Scholar talks bring Smithsonian experts directly to Affiliates when people may not be able to physically visit their local organization.

Affiliate Partner Collaboration

Smithsonian Affiliations is looking for Affiliate partners to collaborate with us on the upcoming Virtual Scholar Talks. Affiliations will produce and host the program, oversee registration, manage all technical aspects, and provide a promotional toolkit. We also will provide a captioned recording of the program, along with a full registration list to each Affiliate collaborator after the program.

Affiliate partners agree to:

  • promote the program to their audiences, including posting event information and registration link on social media.
  • use the Smithsonian Affiliate logo and/or any other Smithsonian collaborator’s logo on any promotional material.
  • use any social media hashtag and/or social media toolkit in conjunction with program promotion.
  • attend the program.
  • participate in the chat discussion during the program.

If you are a Smithsonian Affiliate interested in collaborating on an online event or have a topic to suggest for Office Hours, please email affiliates@si.edu or contact your National Outreach Manager.


Virtual Scholar Talk Library


See all videos in our  Virtual Scholar Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel. If you would like to request Closed Caption transcripts from any video, please email affiliates@si.edu. All Virtual Scholar Talks are Closed Captioned.


Women in Aerospace: Stories from the Smithsonian Collection

Dr. Margaret Weitekamp has researched and written on how a groundswell of support helped create a Lego set representing women’s contributions to aerospace. Join us for a discussion of how women have worked from the very beginning of aviation to innovate, and how museums have documented their stories.

Lena Richard and Julia Child: Two Women Who Changed Culinary History

Through their cookbooks, teaching, and television programs, these extraordinary women inspired generations of people to take cooking seriously. They challenged perceptions and stereotypes of women in their respective eras and made lasting contributions to culinary history. Their stories, reflective of their very different backgrounds, reveal insights about women, race, food, and culture in 20th-century America.

African American Women’s Activism in Historical Perspective

Highlighting objects related to African American women’s history in the Smithsonian collections, this event focuses on African American women’s activism and contributions in historical perspective. Speakers explore an interesting aspect of African American women’s activism through an extended discussion of one or two objects.

A Legacy of Healing, Rebirth, and Leadership

In collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and two Affiliates—the Japanese American National Museum and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience—scholars discuss examples of activism and finding joy after the destruction of trauma, resilience in response to oppression and ways this has been observed throughout history in Asian American communities.

The Legacy of the Green Book

Smithsonian Affiliations, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and author, photographer, and cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor explore the legacy of The Green Book, its impact on communities, businesses, and families, and its relevance today.

Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall

In celebration of Pride month, Katherine Ott, curator and historian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, discussed her work curating “Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall.” The exhibition at the National Museum of American History commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and other pivotal moments in the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.