Making Commitments: The Path Forward @ Jewish Museum of Maryland
Feb 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Director of Community Engagement for Be’chol Lashon Lindsey Newman and Dr. Andrew Miller for an examination of “Not Free to Desist,” an open letter published on June 12, 2020 calling the American Jewish community to “not sit idly by when we see injustice before us.”

Lindsay Newman is the Director of Community Engagement at Be’chol Lashon. Prior to joining Be’chol Lashon, she worked in the fields of women’s rights advocacy and early childhood education, and has dedicated herself to inclusion and diversity in the Jewish community for over a decade. She participated in the 2016 Selah Leadership Cohort and was a 2018 Fellow of the Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership.  Lindsey received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Andrew J. Miller received his Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1998.  He is currently a Professor in Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  He is a past president of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

The Searchlight Series: Living in Prison During COVID-19 @ Eastern State Penitentiary
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Free. Live-streamed on Facebook and via Zoom webinar.

Prisons and jails are experiencing infection rates up to five times that of the general public. What is life like for people living in these crowded and increasingly infected institutions?

Two members of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project team present a new animated film, featuring the literal voices of incarcerated Pennsylvanians reflecting on this critical moment.jails are experiencing infection rates up to five times that of the general public. What is life like for people living in these crowded and increasingly infected institutions?

Su Ming Yeh is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, a legal aid organization that advances the civil rights of incarcerated and institutionalized people through legal representation and advocacy.

Chester Hollman III is a Legal Assistant at the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, where he provides information and resources to incarcerated people on civil law matters. Mr. Hollman was exonerated after serving 28 years in prison.

This event is part of Eastern State’s ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this discussion will take place virtually.

From Collections to Curriculums: Object Loans for Schools at the American Museum of Natural History, 1903–1919 @ Science History Institute
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

By the early 20th century, American school teachers and administrators had come to recognize the educational potential of research-based science museums. This talk focuses on one particularly successful and influential school-museum partnership: the object loan program started in 1903 by George Sherwood, an assistant curator of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Responding to requests from teachers, Sherwood spearheaded the creation of hundreds of suitcase-sized specimen collections that were rotated among hundreds of NYC schools, reaching almost one million students in the 1909 school year alone. Sherwood’s deference to teacher needs—which guided both the design of the collections and how he staffed the museum’s growing education department—was key to program’s success.

About the Speaker

David Oliver (D. O.) McCullough is the current Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Library and Museum, where he is curating an exhibit on the history of climate science that will open in 2022. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Science Education program in the department of curriculum and instruction. His research explores the history of educators and educational programs in American science museums, focusing on their respective influence on the development of science museums as institutions. His dissertation is a historical case study of teacher support programs offered at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City from 1880 to 1962, which illuminated the central role that school administrators and educators played in building the museum’s status as an authority on classroom instructional methods. He is also actively researching the history of educational programs at the Franklin Institute’s science museum. Prior to becoming a historian, he worked as an informal science educator in museums and nature centers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine and Environmental Science from Hampton University and a master’s degree in education, culture, and society from the University of Pennsylvania.

RESCHEDULED – Object Lesson: Thora Jacobson @ The Center for Art in Wood
Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for First Friday Object Lesson followed by a festive virtual happy hour. Object Lesson is a monthly First Friday speaker series that opens wide the cases of the Center’s Museum Collection through the perspectives of individuals from the worlds of art, design, performance, community activism, education, and more, creating fresh dialogues about the Collection and its objects. The series invites the public for an up-close and personal experience in an informal, discursive setting that will encourage exploration of the many treasures in the Collection.

These days, Thora Jacobson is a visual arts management consultant focusing on systems development, program design, and strategic planning. She is also an independent curator, having organized in 2019 an exhibition at InLiquid of materials-based artists who have taught in Philadelphia area art schools and influenced generations of students. In September 2020, she juried CRAFT! – Da Vinci’s first contemporary all-craft exhibition in its 89-year history.

She retired from full time employment in January 2018 when the Philadelphia Art Alliance, where she had been Executive Director for four years, became part of the University of the Arts. For three years prior to her tenure at the Art Alliance, she worked at Mural Arts Philadelphia where she served as Director of Design Review and managed the development and publication of Mural Arts @ 30 that examined the development and expansion of the organization over its first 30 years.

Prior to that, Jacobson conducted a small research project for the Social Impact of the Arts Project at the University of Pennsylvania on “natural” cultural districts and created a strategic plan for the Asian Arts Initiative. From the end of 2008 to June 2010 Thora served as Chief Operating Officer at Mural Arts for two years and for three years before that, she was COO for the inaugural iteration of Philagrafika 2010, the first international festival of the printed image in Philadelphia. From 1972 to 2006, she was on staff of Philadelphia’s Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, serving as its Chief Executive Officer for 23 of those years.

She was the Chair of the Philadelphia Art Commission from 1992 to 2001 and was a Trustee and Officer of the National Guild of Community Arts Education from 2005 to 2009. In 2006, Jacobson was honored by Tri-State Artists Equity for her service to the arts community, and also by Moore College of Art and Design with the Visionary Woman Award which she shared with art historian Linda Nochlin and the late photographer Mary Ellen Mark.

This event is free to the public. The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.

A Great Place to Eat or Drink: Cedar Bridge @ Ocean County Historical Society
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm

Join Ocean County Historical Society as we follow our virtual lecturer and guide, Sean McHugh, into the Pine Barrens to visit Cedar Bridge Tavern in Barnegat, NJ. A Senior Archeologist at a cultural resource consulting firm, adjunct professor at Monmouth University, and co-director of the Archaeological Field School of Monmouth University, Mr. McHugh has over 17 years of experience in archaeology and historic preservation.

The c. 1816 Cedar Bridge Tavern was bought by the Ocean County Parks Department in 2007. The Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission describes it as, “a historic treasure that offers a unique window into the European experience in the NJ Pinelands.” Mr. McHugh conducted numerous archaeological investigations there in advance of the county’s improvement project.

The Ocean County Historical Society remains closed out of an abundance of caution. Still, we are finding ways to continue our mission, “telling the stories of Ocean County”. In this spirit, we are proud to announce we will resume our popular lecture series online, using the free “Zoom” platform. Attending a Zoom talk is as simple as clicking the link we will send you via email a few days before the event. (You may wish to create a free Zoom account in advance, for the sake of ease, by visiting https://zoom.us/).

To register for a Zoom program, please e-mail us at oceancounty.history@verizon.net stating the date of the program(s) for which you are registering, your zip code, and the email address that we should use to send you instructions for accessing the program.

Sparrows Point’s Women of Steel @ Baltimore Museum of Industry
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hear from women who shattered the glass ceiling working at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point mill–the topic of a new outdoor exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry–in this one-hour Zoom discussion co-hosted by the BMI, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Historical Society of Baltimore County.

This program will be recorded.

Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Understand how architects across the U.S. are working to improve the environmental and social sustainability of communities by protecting neighborhoods from gentrification, installing parks and public art exhibits in urban centers, and creating state-of-the-art libraries in financially challenged neighborhoods. Antoine BryantAssoc. AIA, project manager and business development at the Houston office of Moody Nolan; Gabrielle BullockFAIA, a principal and the director of global diversity at Perkins & Will in Los Angeles; and Rico QuirindongoAIA, formerly a principal at DLR Group, now Deputy Director for City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Developmente, discuss their work in these cities.

Improving Racial Equity Through Greener Design is based on the American Institute of Architects’ Blueprint for Better campaign to transform the day-to-day practice of architecture to achieve a zero-carbon, resilient, healthy, just, and equitable built environment.

This program continues the National Building Museum’s Equity in the Built Environment series of conversations that focus on how buildings, landscapes, interiors, and streets can be the cause of—and, more important, the cure for—social and racial disparities.

This program will be live streamed via Zoom Webinar. Click here to register.

Pandemics, Pirates, and Prose: The Barbary Wars and the U.S. @ Maryland Center for History and Culture
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, corsairs from Barbary States seized merchant ships, cargo, and enslaved crews off the North African coast and demanded high payment for safe passage across the Mediterranean. In addition to this crisis, U.S. sailors battled the deadly enemy of yellow fever that swept over ships and ports in the Mediterranean and the U.S. Those who lived to tell the tale wrote about the experience in narratives of Barbary captivity, influencing well-known American sea authors, including Richard Henry Dana Jr. and Herman Melville. Join our virtual peek into an often-overlooked span of U.S. history—the Barbary Wars—and its impact on American culture.

Panelists include: Hester Blum, PhD, professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University; Edward C. Papenfuse, PhD, Maryland State Archivist-Retired; and Lawrence Peskin, PhD, professor of history at Morgan State University. Moderated by Martina Kado, PhD, MCHC’s Director of Publications.

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering for the program, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions. 

Virtual Women Filmmakers Festival: Lessons from Activist Histories with Coco Fusco @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Mar 10 @ 5:30 pm

Join award-winning artist and writer Coco Fusco for a virtual conversation about her work that examines the complex relationships between art, politics, and identity since the 1990s. Watch a screening of Fusco’s 2004 a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, which explores the role of photography in the FBI’s hunt for and trial of Black Power activist Angela Davis.

Fusco is joined in conversation by Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Saisha Grayson, time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Learn more about how government surveillance impacts activists in the era of camera phones and facial recognition technologies.

Fusco’s film La botella al mar de María Elena (2015) is also available for viewing on the Women Filmmakers Virtual Festival webpage from Monday, March 8, to Sunday, March 14. Questions and comments submitted by viewers about the film will be discussed during this virtual program.

This program is made possible by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, and is co-presented with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Artist Talk: Glenn Ligon and Hilton Als @ Princeton University Art Museum
Mar 11 @ 5:30 pm

Artist Glenn Ligon, whose work draws on literature and history to explore race, language, desire, and identity, joins Pulitzer Prize–winning author and critic Hilton Als to discuss the ways in which art can engage and rethink the most urgent issues of our time.

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.