We weathered a (brief) government shutdown, thought big thoughts at Davos and pondered whether art can be understood without understanding the artist. We’re worn out from all the heavy cerebration. Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was Jan. 21 – Jan. 27, 2018
We focused on America’s troubled history of racism this week and considered plans for a new Native American Veterans’ Memorial, a reimagining of a pivotal Civil War battle, a thoughtful essay by Lonnie Bunch and reviews of the new exhibition, “Americans.” Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was Jan. 14 – Jan. 20, 2018
The entire Smithsonian community is given voice in this statement from Lonnie Bunch III, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Only when we illuminate the dark corners and tell the unvarnished truth can we learn history’s lessons and bridge the gaps that divide us. Continue reading The tragedy in Charlottesville
What goes around comes around this week as we look at a three-ring circus, a world with two suns, and the symbolism of a single loop of rope. Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was June 18 – June 24, 2017
In a week darkened by stark reminders of racism and the galactic danger of black holes, we were cheered by an immigrant vintner’s success story. Have another glass of wine! Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was May 28 – June 3, 2017
Join a lively conversation about racist stereotypes in sports team names at the American Indian Museum Feb. 7. Continue reading Hail to the Washington, D.C. professional football organization
In this thoughtful essay, Johnnetta Betsch Cole explains that there is only a single human race that encompasses us in all our diversity. Continue reading Personal reflections on race, racism and anthropology