Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display
  • Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display
  • Lecture
  • 10/18/2016
  • 19:00-20:30
  • The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Host: KU Center for Migration Research, Spencer Museum of Art
Event Description
According to the World Bank, one out of every seven people in the world today is an international or internal migrant. Our cities are increasingly diverse—people from over 184 countries call London home. So how do we learn to get along? Museums have always played a leading role in creating national citizens. In today’s global world do they also create global citizens who engage actively with diversity next door and across the world? Chair and Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Peggy Levitt explores how today's museums are making sense of immigration and globalization. Based on firsthand conversations with museum directors, curators, and policymakers; descriptions of current and future exhibitions; and the inside stories about the famous paintings and iconic objects that define collections, Dr. Levitt provides a close-up view of how different kinds of institutions balance nationalism and cosmopolitanism. Comparing museums in Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East reveals a fascinating story about the sea change underway in the museum world at large. Dr. Levitt's talk launches the Spencer’s new Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.