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Aleia Brown, Adrianne Russell, and Jamil Smith in conversation

Wednesday November 8, 2017
9:15am - 10:30am - Keynotes in Conversation
10:45am - 12:00pm - Taking Action: a follow up conversation with keynotes

To celebrate MCN’s 50th birthday, we are delighted to welcome 3 keynote speakers this year! 


About Aleia Brown

Aleia Brown

Aleia Brown is a Mellon/ American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow, with an appointment as the Programs Manager at the Humanities Action Lab. She holds a Ph.D. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University.  
As a public historian, Dr. Brown engages digital humanities projects, curatorial interventions, and experimental programming to foster transformative justice communities in and outside of the museums. 
Deeply invested in the state of the field, Brown is also involved in a number of organizations and workgroups including: The American Association for State and Local History Women’s History Affinity Group, The National Council on Public History’s Nominating Committee and Diversity Task Force, Interpreting the History of Racialized Violence in the Age of Black Lives Matter, and Museums and Civic Discourse: Past, Present, and Emerging Futures. 
Her forthcoming manuscript project explores the rise of Black women’s fiber art collectives that created their own distinct space that differed from the goals and ideologies of the Black Arts Movement and the Feminist Arts Movement. 
She has written for a number of online platforms including Slate, History@Work, Remembering the Ladies, and Black Perspectives. 
Dr. Brown also co-founded and leads two acclaimed digital humanities projects- #BlkTwitterstorians and #museumsrespondtoferguson.

Aleia tweets as @CollardStudies


About Adrianne Russell

A museum educator, writer, and arts consultant, Adrianne Russell has written and presented about the intersections of art, race, equity, and culture for Fusion, Temporary Art Review, Smithsonian Magazine, PBS Parents, American Alliance of Museums, MuseumNext, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and her blog, Cabinet of Curiosities. 

She is the co-founder of the digital humanities project #museumsrespondtoFerguson, an ongoing series of Twitter chats and in-person investigations of museums and anti-Blackness began in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s state-sanctioned murder in Ferguson, Missouri on April 9, 2014.

Russell believes that museums can effect transformative change through community partnership but if their internal cultures remain stagnant, that change is performative and futile. 

You can find her checking museums off her must-see list, taste-testing craft beers, visiting comic book shops, and listening to k-pop. 

Adrianne tweets as @adriannerussell.


About Jamil Smith

Jamil Smith

Jamil Smith is a political journalist and essayist known for his work as a senior national correspondent for MTV News. Previously, he was a senior editor at New Republic, as well as the host of the magazine’s first podcast, “Intersection.” Most recently, he profiled former NAACP president Ben Jealous and his campaign for Maryland governor for New Republic. Jamil is a contributing writer at The Daily Beast and his work has been published lately in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Vanity Fair, and Esquire.  

Jamil tweets as @JamilSmith.

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