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Museums as Sites of Healing: Empathy, Repair, and Critical Reflection

December 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

What are the ethical responsibilities of university museums when our local communities face profound crises and occasions of injustice? How might we foster compassion and promote conversations that can build enduring community bonds, while honoring our academic commitments to promoting critical analysis and stewardship of our scientific and cultural collections?

Michigan State University Museum Director Mark Auslander explores several instances, in which museums have grappled with moral challenges close to home, including facing up to legacies of slavery on a college campuses and the threatened mass eviction of a low-income neighborhood. His primary case study is the MSU Museum’s current partnership with the survivors of the horrific sexual abuse crisis at MSU, in which the museum has committed to collecting material culture and narratives associated with the crisis and co-curating with survivors and parents an exhibition on the scandal, its ramifications, and struggles for institutional transformation. What lessons have been learned and how might we, together, chart productive pathways forward?

Presented by Mark Auslander – Director, MSU Museum and Associate Professor of Anthropology and History, Michigan State University

December 7 at 12:00 pm, UM Museum of Art Multi-Purpose Room


co-sponsored by the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies




photography credit Pearl Yee Wong


December 7, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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University of Michigan Museum of Art, First Floor, Multi-Purpose Room
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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