Intersecting Identities: Power Dynamics in the Public Humanities
Saturday, March 15, 2014
9:30am - 6:30pm
Graduate colloquium "Intersecting Identities” is designed to bring together graduate students in a variety of publicly engaged disciplines. Together we will engage in fun, transformative, and critical dialogues about the intersections of various social identities (including: race, gender, class, religion and sexual orientation) and public humanities work. The event will feature an opening discussion on Power, Privilege, and Oppression by Shane Lloyd, Assistant Director for First Year and Sophomore Programs at Brown's Third World Center. In the afternoon, participants can pick from an assortment of workshops hosted by public humanities professionals working in such institutions as the Peabody Essex Museum, City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and Brown's Sarah Doyle Women’s Center. The event will close with an intergenerational dialogue.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Register HERE no later than Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
9:30 - 10:00: Welcome and pastries
10:00 - 11:45 Introduction to Power, Privilege & Oppression, Shane Lloyd
11:45 - 1:00: Lunch
1:00- 2:30: Session one
2:30 - 2:45: Break
2:45- 4:15: Session two
4:15 - 5:00: Closing conversation
Session 1 Workshops (1:00-2:30):
Catrina Hill: Associate Curator at the Peabody Essex museum: "Not Just a Posh Past-Time: Working with “Others” in a Museum". Our profession was started as a past-time for the idle rich,” is how a colleague once summarized the genesis of museums in this country. While this is thankfully no longer true, upper-class norms linger in the organizational culture of many museums. For those who do not come from a wealthy background, and many who do, navigating the workplace can be difficult. This session will explore some of the challenges faced when people from vastly different backgrounds come together under one museum roof and suggest ways to make it work. The session will end with a Q&A so bring your questions.
Em Levine: Lowell National Historic Park, Park Ranger in the Interpretive Division: "Powerful Stories: Narrative creation and (radical) interpretive strategy at historic sites": Can historic sites be locations of meaningful anti-oppression work? The interpretive strategies we use are inseparable from frameworks of power and identity that inform the stories we tell in exhibits and programs. This session invites participants to dig into the assumptions and systems of oppression that inform our experiences as public humanities professionals and think creatively about alternative strategies.
Session 2 Workshops (2:45-4:15):
Gail Cohee: The Director of Brown University's Sarah Doyle Women's Center, "Administrating Progress: Intersectional Feminism at the Sarah Doyle Women's Center":As the director of the Sarah Doyle Women's Center, Gail Cohee and others have worked to make the SDWC a more inclusive space. What issues arise for these administrators who bridge the gap between the upper administration and the student body? How do people in positions of power at progressive organizations create open spaces for dialogue around complicated issues of race, gender, sexuality, etc? How do you balance institutional stability with movements for social change?
Aja Blanc: Associate Educator for Family & Teen programs at the RISD Museum, "Shifting Landscapes: A critical dialogue on the future of museums". In this workshop, we will raise critical questions and actively discuss the relationship between shifting demographics and the changing museum landscape, examining our roles within the future of museum work in order to create a habit of curiosity that embraces a diverse public.
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