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Decolonizing Museums: A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Dan Hicks, Dr. Ruba Kana’an, and curator Chaédria LaBouvier

  • March 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

What does it mean to “decolonize museums”? How do museums perpetuate exclusion? How have museums grappled with past and present histories of colonial theft and cultural restitution? What must museums do to confront white supremacy and systemic racism? How can…

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What does it mean to “decolonize museums”? How do museums perpetuate exclusion? How have museums grappled with past and present histories of colonial theft and cultural restitution? What must museums do to confront white supremacy and systemic racism? How can museums engage diverse communities and perspectives and better serve communities of color? Join us for a webinar featuring a panel of experts from academia and the museum world.

Featuring:

Dr. Dan Hicks is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford and Curator of World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum. His recent book, The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution was listed as one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2020.
Dr. Ruba Kana’an is Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. She was a founding member of the Aga Khan Museum’s leadership team where she was Head of the Department of Education and Scholarly Programs.
Chaédria LaBouvier is a curator, art historian, writer and organizer. She curated “Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’: The Untold Story,” held at the Guggenheim Museum in 2019. She was the first Black curator in the museum’s 80-year history.
Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University