Rescheduled First Monday: Julia Rodriguez

Monday, December 9, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Rescheduled from December 2.

 Julia Rodriguez is an Associate Professor of History at UNH.  Her talk will be titled "Decolonizing or Recolonizing? The (Mis)Representation of Humanity in Natural History Museums."

Writer Danielle LaVaque-Manty pointed out in 2000, “There are Indians in the Museum of Natural History. And there aren’t any other kinds of people.” The ways in which Natural History museums categorize and display the cultures of non-European peoples can reify outdated hierarchies that have their origins in nineteenth-century science. In this talk, Professor Rodriguez will compare two museums, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, which illustrate two different responses to decolonization critiques. She will also discuss solutions offered by curators, activists, and scholars, suggesting that this crisis of representation provides opportunities to address urgent issues of memory and justice.

If you plan to attend, kindly RSVP to or 603-862-4356.  Thank you.


 The Center for the Humanities hosts First Monday events at the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham.  These center around short, informal talks by faculty members, designed to give colleagues a window into their work.  We reserve time at the end for questions and conversation.   

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