Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC), in partnership with others, has two upcoming virtual programs that may be of interest to the MCZ community. Registration is required and can be accessed by the links below.
Reimagining Museums: Disruption and Change
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Responding to keen interest in last fall’s Reimagining Museums event, the speakers return to continue the conversation. As museums acknowledge their legacy as colonial institutions, many are reimagining their mission as agents of decolonization and social justice. How can American museums—especially those that have strong relationships with Indigenous communities—respond to current national conditions of social unrest and political turmoil? How have New England museums fared and what is likely to happen over the next two to three years?
Troubling Images: Curating Collections of Historical Photographs
Friday, February 26, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Historical photography collections sometimes contain images that can be deeply troubling to contemporary viewers. What should be done with collections that include photographs of colonial violence, enslaved subjects, racist stereotypes, or other difficult imagery? Join moderator David Odo and photography curators Mark Sealy, Makeda Best, and the Peabody Museum's curator of visual anthropology Ilisa Barbash for a conversation about the challenges and possibilities of curating legacy collections of photographs today.