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Apr 8

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

What is the connection between a desire for recognition of one’s culture and activism for equity?

Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history, and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues.

What is the connection between a desire for recognition of one’s culture and activism for equity? Together with our co-hosts from the National Museum of the American Indian, we will explore questions of identity and assimilation in relation to a portrait of activist Zitkála-Šá/Gertrude Simmons Bonnin(Yankton Sioux), an outspoken critic of Indian boarding schools, and a 19th century Carlisle Indian Industrial School student uniform.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants via Eventbrite 24–48 hours in advance of the program. Each participant must register separately. We will only allow participants into the meeting if their names (and email addresses) are on the registration list.

THIS PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE LIVE CAPTIONS. For ASL interpretation or other accommodations, please email jonesve@si.edu at least two weeks in advance of the program.

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE RECORDED. If you turn your camera or microphone on, the audio or video feed from your device may be captured on the recording and used for Smithsonian purposes. Take care to conceal from view and not share material that is private, sensitive, or confidential.

For general inquires please contact npgeducation@si.edu

Image Credit: LEFT: Zitkala-Ša by Joseph Turner Keiley, 1898 (printed 1901). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. RIGHT: Man’s uniform coat/jacket and pants from Carlisle Indian School, 1885-1889. National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.

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