Curating the Pandemic: Capturing Inclusive Memories


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to present “Curating the Pandemic: Capturing Inclusive Memories‚Äč” on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 4-5:30 PM EST.

This roundtable discussion will explore how historians, librarians, administrators, and curators collaborated with communities to produce exhibits that reflected the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in real time through oral histories, cultural artifacts, and artistic expressions.

ACLS Board member Alexandra M. Lord, Chair of the Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, will moderate the discussion. The list of panelists is below:
This event is presented as part of the ACLS Humanistic Knowledge in the 21st Century public event series.
Alexandra-Lord.jpg Alexandra M. Lord, moderator, is chair of the medicine and science division at the National Museum of American History. She earned her BA from Vassar College and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin.  In 2010, the British Medical Association awarded her book, Condom Nation: The US Government’s Sex Education Campaign from World War I to the Internet (Johns Hopkins University), its prize for the best popular book on medicine as well as its prize for the best book furthering understanding of science and medicine among the general public.  Lord served as president of the National Council on Public History between 2016 and 2018.  For the past fifteen years, she has run the public history website, Beyond Academe.

Tiffany E. Barber is an award-winning scholar, curator, and critic of Black visual culture whose writing and expert commentary has been featured in top-tiered journals and popular media outlets. Her latest curatorial project, a virtual, multidisciplinary exhibition for Google Arts and Culture, examines the value of Afrofuturism in times of crisis. Barber is assistant professor of Africana studies and art history at the University of Delaware as well as curator-in-residence at the Delaware Contemporary. She has completed fellowships at ArtTable, the Delaware Art Museum, and the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. During the 2021-2022 academic year, she will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute where she will be completing her first book. Barber received her PhD in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester.
Juliana-Barton.jpg Juliana Rowen Barton is a historian, curator, educator, and the director of the Center for the Arts at Northeastern University. From 2020-2021, she was the ACLS Leading Edge Fellow at the Center for Craft, where she developed a portfolio of virtual community engagement initiatives. She has worked on exhibitions and programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Center for Architecture (NY), the Barnes Foundation, and the Center for Architecture+Design (Philadelphia), among others. Barton received her BA in art history and American studies with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and her MA and PhD in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarah-DeMott.jpg Sarah DeMott is a research librarian specializing in Middle East studies at Harvard University. She is also the librarian for the Freshman Seminar Program for Harvard College Library in which she coordinates library outreach and instructional support.  DeMott’s scholarship draws on connections across the Arab world from North Africa to Indo China. Her research interests focus on defamiliarizing cartographies of power through networks of gender, migration, and mobility. DeMott received her PhD in international education from New York University. She is the recipient of awards from the Social Science Research Council, Cambridge University, and the American Institute of Maghrib Studies.

Anjulie-Ganti.jpg Anjulie Ganti, MPH, MSW, is a social justice educator in public health and social work. Her teaching and practice work are intersectional, and justice focused. Her purpose is to teach students how to link theory to practice, allowing them to deconstruct their biases, embrace their vulnerabilities, and free them to deeply engage with the people they have committed to serve. Anjulie is an associate teaching professor, at the University of Washington School of Public Health and associate director of experiential learning overseeing capstones, internships, and honors programs for the public health-global health major. She spent 11 years teaching and directing professional development programs for the University of Washington School of Social Work. Anjulie holds an MPH (Columbia University, 2007) and an MSW (UW Social Work, 2005).
Tracie-Jones.png Tracie Jones is assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT. Most recently, Jones was the director of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She earned a BA in liberal arts in extension studies and sociology from Harvard University and an MEd in higher education administration from Northeastern University. She also has certifications from the Social Justice Training Institute, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Jones is currently completing her doctorate at Northeastern University. She is looking forward to defending her dissertation, Cite a Sista: How Black Women at an Ivy League Graduate School of Education Make Meaning of Thriving, in the spring semester of 2022.
MIkala-Woodward.png Mikala Woodward has worked in cultural institutions and community organizations in the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years. She has been a museum educator, community historian, and public artist, winning multiple awards for her interactive art installations and her interdisciplinary history projects with K-12 students. She is currently senior exhibit developer at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington, where she facilitates the Wing’s community-based exhibit process, oversees exhibit design and installation, and manages the museum’s oral history program. She holds an MA in museology from the University of Washington and a BA in history from Swarthmore College.