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The Politics of Public Display: Museums and the Public Trust

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jepson Hall, 118
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In her lecture, The Politics of Public Display: Museums, Artifacts from the Holy Land, and the Public Trust, Dr. Morag Kersel, professor of anthropology at DePaul University, will use the exhibition of Holy Land artifacts as a lens to will investigate the politics of public display and the role of the museum.

When museums place items on display they take on multiple roles: custodians of sacred relics, shapers of public interpretation, fiduciary institutions, and educational establishments. Museums earn the public’s trust when they are seen as the authority on issues related to care, protection, interpretation, and provenance of the items in their collections. This lecture will examine the differing strands of museum obligation—to the public; to students; to board members; the academic community; the country of origin; and ultimately to the archaeological record.

This event is free and open to the public.

Cosponsored by the Archaeological Society of American and the Department of Classical Studies.

Contact: Shelby DeWalle