In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

Event Date: 
Thu Apr 8, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Online Via Zoom
Event Cost: 

Free. Registration required. 

Event Category: 
Webcasts & Online Workshops

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.

The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. For questions, or to request accommodations such as an ASL interpreter or captioning, please email at least two weeks in advance of the program. Free—Registration required.