MSP Steering Committee member recipient of Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award

David Michener, Curator at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum and a member of the Museum Studies Program Steering Committee is one of 5 recipients of the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change.  Each recipient will each present a “lightning talk” about their work during lunch at a symposium, the theme of which is “Redefining Leadership.” Michener will present “Seeds and Reconciliation.” His research addresses understanding the complex cross-cultural heritages of ornamental peonies and conserving key living specimens. His work with indigenous seeds in museum collections is an unanticipated intersection of deep engagement with U-M’s Museum Studies Program and an ethical concern with the “voice” of indigenous communities in interpreting native plant collections and landscapes stewarded by the botanical gardens and arboretum.

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