Envisioning Alternatives to Policing: Violence Prevention @ Museum of the City of New York
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm

This discussion, the first of three virtual events led by The New York Times’ Ashley Southall, examines the programs and techniques that activists and organizations in New York City and beyond have used to foster safety in their communities without police involvement. From practicing violence interruption to advocating for policies that directly address contributors to gun violence, the discussion features pathbreaking experts who have worked on the front lines and behind the scenes to reimagine safety for all.

This is the first of three events in our new series, Envisioning Alternatives to Policing.  

About the Speakers:
Erica Ford has dedicated her life to the liberation of her people from oppression & racism. Her journey began on December 12, 1987 with the December 12th Movement and she hasn’t looked back. She is a humble servant for her people. As CEO & Co-Founder of LIFE Camp, Inc she has played a major role in transforming New York City as an architect for the city’s Crisis Management System, The New York City Mobile Trauma Units, and New York City Peace Week. She will continue to dedicate her LIFE to youth & the total liberation of her people until her last breath.

Mayor Svante L. Myrick was sworn into office in January 2012 and became, at 24, the City of Ithaca’s youngest Mayor and first Mayor of color. Myrick was first elected to the Common Council at the age of 20 while still a junior at Cornell University. His accomplishments include sorely needed revisions to the City of Ithaca’s sidewalk policy, an overhaul of storm water utility legislation, successful implementation and completion of the total rehabilitation of the Commons, Ithaca’s downtown pedestrian mall, and making changes within the Ithaca Police Department in an effort to improve police and community relations.

Danielle Sered envisioned and directs Common Justice, which develops and advances practical and groundbreaking solutions to violence that advance racial equity, meet the needs of those harmed, and do not rely on incarceration. Before planning the launch of Common Justice, Sered served as the deputy director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island. She the author of The Other Side of Harm: Addressing Disparities in our Responses to ViolenceAccounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration, and the book Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair.

Ashley Southall (moderator) is a law enforcement reporter focused on crime and policing in New York City, a beat she started working in 2016. She joined The Times in 2008 as a news clerk in the newspaper’s Washington bureau. Southall is an alumna of Howard University and an Alabamian.

Recalling Jewish Calcutta @ Jewish Museum of Maryland
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Jael Silliman for a multimedia presentation on the historic Jewish communities of India. Silliman will draw upon her extensive research as well as her personal family’s history to share stories of Jewish life in Calcutta.

Explore the community’s cultural traditions including music, rituals, and film, take a peek inside the Magen David Synagogue, and learn about efforts to preserve the heritage of this fading community.

Closed captioning will be offered with this program.

About Our Speaker:

Jael Silliman is an author, scholar, and women’s right activist. Born and raised in Calcutta in a Jewish Baghdadi family, she has helped preserve this history through her novels, academic articles and books, and through public presentations.  She has curated the digital archive titled “Recalling Jewish Calcutta” (www.jewishcalcutta.in).

Silliman received her doctorate in international education from Columbia University and has master’s degrees in history and education from the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University. She was previously a tenured associate professor at the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Iowa.

Across the Atlantic to Appalachia @ Johnson Victrola Museum
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 Virtual program from the Johnson Victrola Museum in which historic-site interpreter Tyler Hutchison explores how country music, which is often heavily attributed to the United States, can trace its roots to many different countries. Accompanied by 78-rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines, the program will cover how all of these different stories and musical styles converged into one place to become the country music that we know today, and examines the role that the Victor Talking Machine Company played in the process. Program streamed live via Zoom. Registration required and only available by clicking here. Free. For additional information, call 302-739-3262 or mailto:jvmuseum@Delaware.gov.

The Beauty in Breaking: A Conversation with Dr. Michele Harper @ The Mutter Museum
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Section on Medicine and the Arts presents the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Beauty in Breaking. Michele Harper, an African American emergency physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white, describes how she uses her own sometimes painful experiences to bring insight and empathy to patients.  In her poignant and moving memoir she truly gets to the heart of what it means to be a healer.

Featured Author: Dr. Michele Harper
Michele Harper has worked as an emergency room physician for more than a decade at various institutions, including as chief resident at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and in the emergency department at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. The Beauty in Breaking is her first book.

Featured Moderator: TBA 

PLEASE NOTE: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia reserves the right to record the virtual experience for marketing or promotional use.

Building Monuments, Monumentalizing Buildings @ Penn Museum
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What makes a building a monument? Some of the buildings that hold the most meaning for us, including Independence Hall, were not built to be monuments. What monumentalized them? And some of the most ambitious programs to build monuments, like Philadelphia’s City Hall, notably failed to capture contemporary attention. What went wrong? History offers important lessons for us today, as we strive to create monuments that reflect our values and aspirations.

David Brownlee, Ph.D., Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor Emeritus, Penn History of Art, is a historian of modern architecture whose interests embrace a wide range of subjects in Europe and America, from the late 18th century to the present. Dr. Brownlee has won numerous fellowships, and his work has earned three major publication prizes from the Society of Architectural Historians. He is also a recipient of Penn’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. His film Philadelphia: Our Nation’s First World Heritage City, produced and directed by Sam Katz, was made in 2016 to explain Philadelphia’s new designation, for which he had worked. And in 2019 he worked with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to create a short film about the PSFS Building, winner of the “Fifty Year Timeless Award” from the AIA.

Eubie Blake: A Conversation about Rags, Rhythm, and Race @ Maryland Center for History and Culture
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Eubie Blake’s 1921 musical Shuffle Along. Co-authors and Grammy Award Winners Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom, with Martina Kado, PhD, MCHC Director of Publications, explore how they used Baltimore-born composer and pianist James Herbert “Eubie” Blake’s personal collections—housed in the MCHC’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library—to write their biography, Eubie Blake: Rags, Rhythm, and Race. Richard and Ken will discuss their discoveries about Eubie’s impact on American culture, the racial roadblocks, and how his Baltimore roots shaped his identity.

This spring we pull back the curtain on our collections through the FSK from Home Series—the virtual offering of our traditional Francis Scott Key Lecture Series. Connect with MCHC staff and our colleagues as they reveal the stories behind the objects we preserve, interpret, and display. When registering, please consider donating to the FSK from Home Giving Challenge to help us continue presenting these stellar virtual programs.

Keating Lecture: The Academic Museum and the Journey toward Equity @ Princeton University Art Museum
May 6 @ 5:30 pm

During this year’s Friends Annual Keating Lecture, Johnnetta Cole, the former president of Spelman College and Bennett College, the former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Princeton University, will offer a compelling call to action for the academic museum in America. Hosted by Museum Director James Steward.

Free registration for the lecture via Zoom here. (when prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the “CC” icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, open Streamtext, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar “español” o el idioma de su elección.

May 6 @ 7:00 pm

Step inside the world of Kevin Blythe Sampson on this virtual studio visit. Working with found objects, Sampson constructs sculptures that tackle difficult topics including politics, race, and religion. He uses a variety of objects like cement, bones, tiles, and fabric to various painting mediums including acrylics, oils and stains. Pull back the curtain with us and take a peek into the way Sampson creates his work.

Virtual Art Is Tasty: Violet Oakley @ Delaware Art Museum
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for a guided discussion of the painting Panel Study for the Angel Gabriel, The Angel of Victory Triptych, by Violet Oakley, a new acquisition featured in the exhibition Collecting and Connecting. Since we can’t gather in the Museum’s café at this time, feel free to bring your lunch to this noontime online gathering.

Virtual Insights: The Imagined Worlds of Marwencol with Jon Ronson and Mark Hogancamp @ American Folk Art Museum
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Noted Journalist, screenwriter, and best-selling author Jon Ronson joins exhibition curator Valérie Rousseau to explore self-taught artist Mark Hogancamp’s unique photographic practice and documentation of Marwencol, a miniature, hand-built fantasy world filled with World War II narratives and populated by dolls constructed by Hogancamp in his backyard in upstate New York. Ronson interviewed the artist in 2015 for the Guardian and revisits this inspiring story of overcoming trauma to develop a creative process that combines the visual language of film stills, action photography, and dioramas. Hogancamp will join the conversation to discuss his latest work.

Space is limited; advance registration is required. Please consider making a donation when you register to support ongoing virtual programming.

Instructions for joining with a Zoom link and password will be provided by email upon registration confirmation under “Additional Information.” Closed captioning will be provided in English. For questions or to request accessibility accommodations, please email publicprograms@folkartmuseum.org.

Jon Ronson’s nonfiction books include So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea, and The Men Who Stare At Goats. They have all been international and/or New York Times bestsellers. His screenplays include Okja (Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal), which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, and Frank (Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal). He lives in New York and is a regular contributor to This American Life.

Valérie Rousseau is Senior Curator of Self-Taught Art and Art Brut at the American Folk Art Museum. Since 2013, she has curated exhibitions on artists from various countries, including the AAMC’s award-winning When the Curtain Never Comes Down on performance art (2015), Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet (2015), and shows on Paa Joe (2019), William Van Genk (2014), Bill Traylor (2013), art brut photography (2019, 2021), and self-taught literature (2018). Rousseau holds a Ph.D. in art history from Université du Québec à Montréal and an MA in anthropology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She has authored various essays on arts emerging outside the art mainstream, from an international perspective, notably “Visionary Architectures” (The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery, 2013), “Revealing Art Brut” (Culture & Musées, 2010), and Vestiges de l’indiscipline (Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2007).