Freedom Sounds: Framing the Story of African American Identity, Music, and Culture in a National Museum

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is very excited to announce a lecture by Kevin Strait, one of the curators of the Smithsonian national Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. to be held in 101 Swallow Hall at 4pm on Thursday, September 28th. This event is free and open to the public.

Story of African American Identity, Music and Culture in a National Museum

This presentation will explore the creation of the NMAAHC, its various exhibitions includingMusical Crossroads, and will highlight the processes of research, design, object procurement and installment from a curator’s perspective.  Specifying the museum’s unique features and key acquisitions, this presentation will discuss how the complex, dynamic and global story of African American identity, history and culture is told to a national audience.   

Bio: Kevin Strait is a museum curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Since 2010, he has worked in the museum’s Office of Curatorial Affairs on the research, development and acquisition of objects for several of the museum’s permanent exhibitions.  Kevin is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his Ph.D. in American Studies at the George Washington University.