Title: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Speaker: Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites you to attend the next Director’s Innovation Speaker Series lecture featuring the Secretary of the Smithsonian, Lonnie G. Bunch III.
In its first four months of operation, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture surpassed one million visits and quickly became a cherished, vital monument to the African American experience. And yet this accomplishment was never assured. In a conversation with NIMH Director Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Secretary Bunch will tell his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans.
The discussion will outline the challenges of site choice, architect selection, building design, and the compilation of an unparalleled collection of African American artifacts. Secretary Bunch will also share his personal struggles—especially the stress of a high-profile undertaking—and the triumph of establishing a museum that treats the African American experience as an essential component of every American's identity.
The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series is dedicated to innovation, invention, and scientific discovery. For more information, visit https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/innovation-speaker-series/.
For questions, please email InnovationSpeakers@mail.nih.gov.
Closed captioning and a sign language interpreter will be provided for this event.