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National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens Today!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Marysol Quevedo
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Today marks the opening of America's new national treasure: the National Museum of African American History and Culture, on the mall in Washington, D.C.


Featured in Smithsonian Magazine this month and celebrated with glowing reviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, BBC, National Public Radio and other media, the museum was designed by British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, and has been 100 years in the process. NPR has been carrying the opening ceremony live. It is an inspiration! 

Dwandalyn Reece (Ph.D., Performance Studies, NYU) is the curator of Music and the Performing Arts at the museum. She served at the Louis Armstrong House and Archives as Assistant Director and was a Senior Program Officer at the Smithsonian for nine years until she signed on as curator for the NMAAHC. 

Dr. Reece will be the keynote speaker for the fourth iteration of the SEM Board-sponsored session on Ethnomusicology and Public Policy. Her presentation, titled “Music Matters: The Public Sphere,” will be about the presentation of African-American music to a diverse museum audience, and the ways in which this type of public sector work differs in terms of — as she notes in her abstract — "accessibility, accountability, and the ability to expand minds.” 

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Reece to SEM 2016; her presentation will be Saturday morning, November 12, between 8:30 and 10:30. Please join us!

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