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Pandemic Perspectives: Stories Through Collections

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

As a Smithsonian Affiliate institution we are pleased to extend the opportunity to join curators and historians for an engaging series of panel discussions offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed in the moderated dialogue.

Here are the upcoming virtual sessions:

January 19, 2021

Mask Up!

Moderator:

Peter Liebhold, National Museum of American History

Panelists:

  • Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History
  • Michelle McClellan, PhD, Bentley Library, University of Michigan
  • Clara Berg, Museum of History and Industry

February 2, 2021

Race and Place: Yellow Fever and the Free African Society in Philadelphia

Moderator:

Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History

Panelists:

  • David Barnes, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanessa Northington Gamble, PhD, M.D., George Washington University

February 16, 2021

Essential Workers: Prestige Versus Pay

Moderator:

Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History

Panelists:

  • Peter Liebhold, National Museum of American History
  • Molly Kinder, Brookings Institute
  • Jacob Remes, New York University, Gallatin

March 2, 2021

How the National Museum of American History is Collecting COVID-19

Moderator:

Arthur Daemmrich, PhD, National Museum of American History

Panelists:

  • Shannon Perich, National Museum of American History
  • Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History
  • Benjamin Filene, PhD, National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian Pandemic Perspective web page (including links to recordings of previous sessions) is available here.