ORANGEBURG, S.C. – On Thursday, April 29th, 2021 at 5:00pm DST, The I. P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium and South Carolina State University’s Department of Social Sciences will host the fourth event in the series, On Being A Citizen: The Role of Museums & Public Education This virtual event will require pre-registration and will be delivered via Zoom featuring three distinguished panelists, Dr. Tonya Matthews, Director of the new International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina in conversation with critical race theorist, Dr. Porchia Moore, an Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, The University of Florida, and artist/ educator, South Carolina State University alumna (’2018), Zaire McPhearson, a recent graduate of the Masters in Fine Arts program at Duke University. The purpose of Thursday’s program is to discuss how Museums may help shape access for American citizens to the educational benefits of public discourse. Discussion of the diverse, aesthetic, social, cultural, and political issues confronting contemporary American society will be presented and assessed.
With substantial experience in their respective fields, the program’s panelists will discuss the impact of Museums upon their own lives and career choices, and consider the role of the American museum in shaping cultural narratives.
Issues of identity, the significance of public educational access, and awareness of local, national, international, and African diasporic cultural resources will be explored. Panelists will be asked to offer opinions regarding how museum collections may be employed in advocating for and amplifying voices marginalized by master-narratives of history. Questions pertaining to how and why we may memorialize the past (as well as for whom this memorialization is undertaken) will be presented. Interrogation of the idea of the role of museums in support of equity in American society will be addressed. Dr. Frank C. Martin, II, Director and Moderator.