The Bog and the Beast, the Engraver and the Priest: Museums, The Nation and the GlobeThe Bog and the Beast, the Engraver and the Priest: Museums, The Nation and the Globehttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/218432Chase Auditorium2012-11-06T16:30:002012-11-06T18:00:00
November 6, 4:30PM–6:00PM
The Department of Sociology and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program present a talk by Peggy Levitt, Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College and Harvard University.
During the 2008 United States’ presidential campaign, Barack Obama told an adoring crowd of more than 250,000 gathered in Berlin’s Tiergarten that he was speaking to them as a citizen of the United States and as a citizen of the world.
The President’s globalism contrasts sharply with the fierce nationalism and anti-immigrant fever plaguing parts of Europe and the United States. How do we reconcile these two seemingly clashing views? And how might we move beyond them?
Museums are one place to look for answers. Ever since the leaders of the new French Republic opened the doors of the Louvre to the general public, cultural institutions have played starring roles in the drama of nation building. But in today’s global world, what kinds of citizens are museums creating? What combinations of identities, from the very global to the local, do they reflect and who is embracing them? What can we learn from the choices curators make about how nations respond to immigration and their changing position in the globe?
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