All Zoom events take place online on Zoom, and all presentation times are given in Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

All in-person events take place on the campus of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  Events on April 27, 28 and 30 take place at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, located at 357 Benefit Street (building entrance 50 Williams Street).  The reception on April 29 takes place at the David Winton Bell Gallery, located at 64 College Street.

Download a program here!

DAY 1     Wednesday, April 27     Public Humanities Center / 357 Benefit St and on Zoom

5:30 – 7pm                    QTPOC Liberation Lawn Party!

The Haus of Glitter Dance Company has spent the last 2 years living + healing + creating in the former home of Esek Hopkins, commander of the slave ship “Sally,” which was owned by a firm run by four of the Brown brothers.  Join The Haus of Glitter for a Artist Talk + Lawn Party + Protest Demonstration that celebrates Queer Feminist BIPOC led historic intervention and our beloved intersectional cultures of dance, music and creative community. Come strut the runway with us! Music by DJ Sita (Haus of Glitter) + food and beverages provided! Note: both the artists’ talk from 5:30 – 6:15pm and the lawn party + protest demonstration will be live-streamed on Zoom for those who are not able to be in Providence.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

DAY 2    Thursday, April 28     Zoom

10am                               Welcome Remarks

10:15 – 11:35am           Session 1 / The Burdens of Inheritance

Paul Pouliot, Sag8mo and Denise Pouliot, Sag8moskwa, Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook – Abenaki People
An Inclusive Future from an Inherited Past

Jennifer Scott, Senior Vice President, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Faculty at The New School
Contested Heritage in Public Spaces: Memorials and Monuments in Chicago & Beyond

Sadia Habib, Manchester Museum Our Shared Cultural Heritage Coordinator and Researcher at the University of Manchester’s Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity
Citizens of Colonial Legacies: Whose Statues? Whose Stories? 

Moderator: Mary-Kim Arnold, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Brown University

11:35am – 12:30pm    Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:50pm            Session 2 / Managing Change at Sites of National Heritage

The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin Sr., Washington National Cathedral
A House of Prayer for All People

Alex Lamont Bishop, Deputy Secretary-General, International National Trusts Organization, UK
Re-imagining International Sites of Enslavement: Four Case Studies from around the World

Raúl A. Ramos, Associate Professor, University of Houston
Mapping Memory at the Alamo

Moderator: Lauren Yapp, Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies, Brown University

1:50 – 2:10pm               Break

2:10 – 3:30pm               Session 3 / Museums as Sites of Difficult History

Marland Buckner, Interim Executive Director, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
Using What Was Meant to Destroy to Rebuild: Recontextualizing Our Difficult History

Troy Sebastian |nupqu ʔak·ǂam̓, Ktunaxa Nation, Writer
Leaving the Wicked Place 

Kelli Morgan, Professor of Practice and Director of Curatorial Studies, Tufts University
Equity in the Arts or the Lack Thereof: The Challenging Realities of White Supremacy Culture in Art Museums

Moderator: Stéphanie Larrieux, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Brown University

3:30 – 3:40pm               Break

3:40 – 4:30pm               Breakout Room Panelist and Audience Conversations

DAY 2    Thursday, April 28     Public Humanities Center / 357 Benefit St

6:30 – 8:30pm               Opening Reception, Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord: Artists Respond.

Please join us for a celebration of Jazzmen Lee-Johnson’s Not Never More (2022), a site-specific art installation on the ground floor of the Public Humanities Center.  Read more about the exhibition here.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

DAY 3     Friday, April 29      Zoom

10 – 11:25am                 Session 4 / Artists and Counternarratives

Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Professor of African & African American Studies and of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University
Decorative Arts and Domestic Racism in the Nineteenth Century

Jazzmen Lee-Johnson, Artist and Curator
Not Never More: Remixing Historic Wallpaper

Michelle D. Commander, Associate Director and Curator, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Troubling Histories: Before Yesterday We Could Fly, An Afrofuturist Period Room

Moderator: Kate Kraczon, Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

11:25 – 11:40am           Break

11:40am – 1pm             Session 5 / Law, Policy, and the Levers of Change

Rusty Antel, Attorney
Removing Offensive Artwork from the Boone County, Missouri Courthouse

Lisa Dady, Executive Director, Historic Newton
Born of Curiosity: Updating Newton’s City Seal

Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, South DeKalb County, Georgia
From Confederacy to Unity : Exchanging Symbols of Division with Symbols of Unity

Moderator: Renée Ater, Provost Visiting Associate Professor in Africana Studies, Brown University

1 – 1:45pm                     Lunch Break

1:45 – 3:05pm               Session 6 / Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Sháńdíín Brown (Diné), RISD Museum Henry Luce Curatorial Fellow for Native American Art
A Closer Look at the Hovey Murals at Dartmouth College

Raphael Morris, Board President, Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association
Stories Yet To Be Told

Anton Treuer (Ojibwe), Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University
Lessons Learned: Looking Back 5 Years Later on the Minnesota State Capitol Project

Moderator: Kenvi Phillips, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Brown University Libraries

3:05 – 3:25pm               Break

3:25– 4:15pm                Breakout Room Panelist and Audience Conversations

DAY 3     Friday, April 29      David Winton Bell Gallery / 64 College St

6pm                                  Public Reception and Celebration of Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus [infected]

This installation is on exhibit at the Bell Gallery from February 21 – May 29, 2022.  Read more about the exhibition here.

DAY 4     Saturday, April 30     Public Humanities Center / 357 Benefit St

Inheritance Unconference

An unconference is a participant-led day of conversations, collaborative thinking and collaborative doing.  Session ideas all come directly from participants — you.  Never been to an unconference before? Read about how it works here.  This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

9 – 9:30am                     Welcome coffee.  Participants’ session proposals for Sessions 1 and 2 must be submitted by 9:30am.

9:30 – 10:30am             Session 1

10:30 – 11:30am           Session 2

11:30 – 11:45am           Break.  Participants’ session proposals for Session 3 must be submitted by 11:45am.

11:45am – 12:45pm     Session 3

12:45 – 1pm                  Session report-outs over cookies and beverages

Artwork credit, web banner: Detail, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson, Not Never More (2022)