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Race in the public square: the role of museums in difficult but necessary conversations

Talk with Lonnie G. Bunch III, with moderation of Paula Cardoso and Sofia Lovegrove

07 Jan 202318h30 – 19h30

Free admission, subject to room capacity

+ 12 years old

Tickets can be collected 30 minutes before the start of the session 


For more than a century, museum artefacts have been collected in ways that are unacceptable to today's societies. How can we repair this damage? Will it be repairable? And what role can museums play when we address issues like colonialism and slavery? How do you look at a common story together, from different angles, and still recognize it as ours?

These are some of the questions to be addressed in this conversation with Lonnie G. Bunch, in which the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution will explore the critical need for museums around the world to work in collaborative and creative way to recover and recognize the painful legacies of the slave trade, in order to promote social justice and new visions for the future.

Paula Cardoso, founder of the Afrolink digital community, and Sofia Lovegrove, assistant coordinator of the International Heritage Cooperation program at the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency, moderate this conversation.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution © Museu de Lisboa

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