Is the Smithsonian guilty of “willful neglect”?


The Latino Presence at the Smithsonian: Twenty Years After “Willful Neglect”
Thursday, June 19, 2014
12:00  – 1:30 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian
Room 4018/4019 (4th Floor)

A lot has changed in the two decades since a Smithsonian task force issued a 1994 report criticizing the Institution for failing to hire and promote people of Latino heritage and substantially ignoring Latino contributions to art, history, culture and science.

Join the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Latino Working Committee for a special brown bag lunch program commemorating the 20th anniversary of the report “Willful Neglect: The Smithsonian Institution and U.S. Latinos.” Presenters will reflect on the efforts of the Smithsonian to represent the Latino experience in its research, collections, exhibitions, public/educational programs, and online/digital resources.

Program speakers will focus on the past, current and future state of Latino representation at the Smithsonian, and include Gil Cárdenas, SLC board chair; Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture; Eduardo Díaz, SLC director; Evelyn Figueroa, SLC; Olivia Cadaval, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Sulema Castro, National Zoo; and Omar Eaton-Martinez of the American History Museum. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with staff, who are encouraged to attend. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. First come, first seated. This program will also be webcast live on Prism. For more information call (202) 633-4799 or email LWC@si.edu

Posted: 16 June 2014
About the Author:

Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.