Nov
23

ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was Nov. 16 – 20, 2020


This is a sampling of approximately 2,940 media clips covering the Smithsonian this week.  

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Coronavirus and Closing


Museums Closing, Again, Signals The Darkest, Deadliest Wave Of COVID-19 Is Inexorable As Americans Refuse To Hunker Down  
Forbes – November 20

Smithsonian temporarily closes museums, National Zoo again as Covid cases climb  
CNN.com – November 19 

Smithsonian, Other Museums Closing Again For Safety  
National Public Radio – November 19

Smithsonian closing museums and zoo again amid virus spike  
Associated Press – November 19

Smithsonian, National Gallery to close as covid-19 cases spike  
The Washington Post – November 19

Museums Closing, Again, Signals The Darkest, Deadliest Wave Of COVID-19 Is Inexorable As Americans Refuse To Hunker Down  
Forbes – November 20

Smithsonian temporarily closes museums, National Zoo again as Covid cases climb  
CNN.com – November 19

Smithsonian, Other Museums Closing Again For Safety  
National Public Radio – November 19

Smithsonian closing museums and zoo again amid virus spike  
Associated Press – November 19

Smithsonian, National Gallery to close as covid-19 cases spike  
The Washington Post – November 19

The New York Times – Smithsonian Museums Are Latest to Shutter as Virus Surges


Art and Design


A new monument to Native veterans shows how we can push the statue debate ahead  
The Washington Post – November 19

The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden’s two newest works stir up dark associations  
The Washington Post – November 16

The Art Newspaper – A stitch worth 1,000 words how America’s First Ladies used their wardrobes to make a statement


History, Culture and Education 


Art From Local Students Featured in Online Smithsonian Exhibit  
NBC4 Washington – November 16

WSJ – Creating an Oral History of Your Family Step by Step


Obama Interview at NPG


Smithsonian Is the Backdrop of Barack Obama’s Latest Interviews  
Hyperallergic – November 17

Barack Obama on his book, President Trump, George Floyd, the divisions in the country, and more  
60 Minutes – November 15

Barack Obama speaks out on politics, the presidency, and Donald Trump  
CBS Sunday Morning – November 15


Panda Cub


Today Is The Last Day To Help DC’s National Zoo Name Its Baby Panda  
National Public Radio – November 20

Public can pick a name for this adorable panda cub at the National Zoo 
CBS News – November 18


Science and Technology


Some tropical forests show surprising resilience as temperatures rise  
National Geographic – November 19

The African crested rat is rarely seen by humans. Good thing: This ‘puffball’ has deadly poison in its fur, study finds.  
USA Today – November 19  

Blue Angels jet gets a new home at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum  
The Washington Post – November 19  

Hundreds of new genomes help fill the bird ‘tree of life’  
Science News – November 17


Secretary Bunch


Plight at the Museum  
Vox – November 18

If museums want to diversify, they’ll have to change. A lot.  
Vox – November 18

Secretary Lonnie Bunch on the Invisible Work of the Smithsonian’s Conservators  
Smithsonian.com – November 18


Senate Hearing on New Museums 


Push for a national Latino museum takes step forward at Senate hearing  
NBCNEWS.com – November 17

Senators review plans for new national museums dedicated to Latino, women’s histories  
PBS NewsHour – November 17

The New York Times Opinion Where Is the Smithsonian Museum for American Latinos


Posted: 23 November 2020
About the Author:

Alex di Giovanni is primarily responsible for "other duties as assigned" in the Office of Communications and External Affairs. She has been with the Smithsonian since 2006 and plans to be interred in the Smithson crypt.

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