Steeped in History: Museums and Identity

When: Wednesday, April 25, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Price: $30 & up | $25 for Museum Members
Images courtesy of David Rubenstein, Dr. Lonnie Bunch, and Michael Glickman

The David Berg Distinguished Speaker Series

A conversation with the directors of two major urban museums: Dr. Lonnie Bunch of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and Michael Glickman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan. Bunch and Glickman will together examine the opportunities and challenges their two institutions face as they seek to document and exhibit the epic journeys of two crucial American minority communities. In a conversation moderated by philanthropist David Rubenstein, they will consider the curatorial, political, and financial complexities involved in communicating a people's story and culture in a brick-and-mortar museum. 

Reception and New York at Its Core exhibition viewing to follow. 

Made possible by The David Berg Foundation, this series of talks features prominent New York scholars, policymakers, artists, business leaders, and observers, and explores key ideas and forces that have created the New York we know today, and which are shaping the city of tomorrow.

About the Speakers:
Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch, III
is a historian, author, curator, educator, and the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Previously, Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society and as the associate director for Curatorial Affairs at the National Museum of American History.

Michael S. Glickman is the president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Prior to joining the Museum, Glickman served as a vice president at Long Island University and led the Center for Jewish History, the world’s largest, most significant repository of modern Jewish history, for almost a decade.

David M. Rubenstein is a co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group. Rubenstein serves on the boards of many cultural and educational institutions, including as the chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

$35 for adults | $30 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $25 for Museum members
Includes Museum admission.

Members: To receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at programs@mcny.org or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or info@mcny.org with any questions.

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