Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative Series

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Join Cape Fear Museum and Smithsonian Affiliations on ZOOM each Wednesday in March for virtual scholar talks to celebrate Women’s History Month. Pre-registration is required. Click the Zoom link next to each program of interest to sign up now!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7 PM
African American Women’s Activism in Historical Perspective
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Highlighting objects related to African American women’s history in the Smithsonian collections, this event focuses on African American women’s activism and contributions in historical perspective. Each speaker will explore an interesting aspect of African American women’s activism through an extended discussion of one or two objects.


The program features:
Crystal Moten, Curator, National Museum of American History
Nancy Bercaw, Chair, Division of Political and Military History, National Museum of American History
Modupe Labode, Curator, National Museum of American History
Aleia Brown, Assistant Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7 PM
Lena Richard and Julia Child: Two Women Who Changed Culinary History
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Through their cookbooks, teaching, and television programs, these extraordinary women inspired generations of people to take cooking seriously. They challenged perceptions and stereotypes of women in their respective eras and made lasting contributions to culinary history. Their stories, reflective of their very different backgrounds, reveal insights about women, race, food, and culture in 20th-century America.

The program features:
Paula Johnson, Curator, National Museum of American History
Ashley Rose Young, Historian, National Museum of American History

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 5 PM
Influential Women in Aeronautics
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Dr. Margaret Weitekamp has researched and written on how a groundswell of support helped create a Lego set representing women’s contributions to aerospace. Join us for a discussion of how women have worked from the very beginning of aviation to innovate, and how museums have documented their stories.

The program features:
Margaret Weitekamp, Curator and Department Chair, Space History Department, National Air and Space Museum

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7 PM
Ancient Worlds Contemporary Selves: Smithsonian Scholars Explore Intersectionality
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In this discussion, scholars from the National Museum of the American Indian, Asian Pacific American Center and Smithsonian American Art Museum explore how artists integrate the ancient world within their contemporary artistic practice. In so doing, their works update and create new meanings, allowing them to pass on complex and layered cultural interpretations to future generations.

The program features:
Healoha Johnston, Curator, Asian Pacific American Women’s Cultural History, Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center
Claudia Zapata, Curatorial Assistant, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 5 PM
Women Artists Respond to Place
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The significance of landscapes, places, and narratives of all kinds will be examined through the works of contemporary women artists in Smithsonian collections.

The program features:
Rebecca Trautmann, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, National Museum of the American Indian
Tuliza Fleming, Curator of American Art, National Museum of African American History and Culture

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