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Lecture Files, 1985-2001

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Creator:
National Science Resources Center (U.S) Executive Office
Subject:
Lapp, Douglas M
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1985
1985-2001
Summary:
This accession consists of records documenting lectures and speeches given by Douglas M. Lapp, Executive Director. Materials include talking points, notes, attendance lists, supplemental materials, and brochures and flyers for events.
Topic:
Educational planning
Lectures and lecturing
Science--Study and teaching
Local number:
SIA Acc. 05-074
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Lecture Files 1985-2001 [National Science Resources Center (U.S) Executive Office]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Mark Feeney: "Four Photographers on Three Wheels: William Eggleston's Tricycle and Before".

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Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type:
Video recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
video/m4v
Uploaded:
Thu, 4 Nov 2010 14:00:00 EST
Copyright:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Podcast Keywords:
American art, Smithsonian, William Eggleston, Feeney, Mark, Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures
Duration:
44:57 MINS
Author:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Subtitle:
2010 Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art.
Size:
31.3 MB
Topic:
Cultural property
Lectures
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Lectures and Symposia
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sarah Sze

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Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type:
Video recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
video/m4v
Uploaded:
Tue, 7 Dec 2010 14:00:00 EST
Copyright:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Podcast Keywords:
American art, Smithsonian, Sarah Sze, Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures
Duration:
1:17:40 HRS
Author:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Subtitle:
2010 Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art.
Size:
559.5 MB
Topic:
Cultural property
Lectures
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Lectures and Symposia
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Erica Hirshler: "Looking at John Singer Sargent".

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Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type:
Video recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
video/m4v
Uploaded:
Thu, 21 Oct 2010 14:00:00 EST
Copyright:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Podcast Keywords:
American art, Smithsonian, John Singer Sargent, Hirshler, Erica, Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures
Duration:
73:36 MINS
Author:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Subtitle:
2010 Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art.
Size:
687.7 MB
Topic:
Cultural property
Lectures
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Lectures and Symposia
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Economics Lecture

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Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Subject:
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
1 open reel 1/4 inch sound recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Sound recordings
Lectures
Place:
Russia
Europe
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1970
Circa 1970
Notes:
Title created by ACMA staff based on contents of recording.
Summary:
In a classroom setting, a lecturer talks about savings and growth in a stagnant economy, particularly how the United States has not figured it out and how Russia has figured out it out using a capitalist dictatorship. Discussion also includes the industrial revolution in Europe and the United States, and the impact United States' industry and economic system has on the rest of the world, particularly when students from other countries study in U.S. universities. Lecturer also addresses questions.
Lecture. AV003368-1: lecture begins at 001346 (preceded by Phrases in French). Undated.
Cite as:
Economics Lecture, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Economics
Industrial revolution
Local number:
ACMA AV003368-1
ACMA AV003368-2
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Friday Noon Lecture Program Audiotapes, 1983-2007

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Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Guest Services
Subject:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Education
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Friday Noon Lecture Program
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Guest Services
Physical description:
10 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes)
Type:
Audiotapes
Collection descriptions
Date:
1983
1983-2007
Summary:
This accession consists of audiotapes recorded during the Friday Noon Lecture Program at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) as well as other lectures organized by the NMNH, Office of Education and, beginning in 2006, its successor office, NMNH, Office of Guest Services. Materials include audiocassettes.
Topic:
Lectures and lecturing
Museums--Educational aspects
Natural history museums
Local number:
SIA Acc. 07-214
See more items in:
Friday Noon Lecture Program Audiotapes 1983-2009 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Education and Outreach]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Linda Nochlin, "Consider the Difference: American Women Artists from Cassatt to Contemporary"

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Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type:
Video recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
video/m4v
Uploaded:
Thu, 7 Jan 2010 14:30:00 EST
Copyright:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Podcast Keywords:
American art, Smithsonian, Linda Nochlin, Clarice Smith, lecture series, women artists, feminism, art history, 2009
Duration:
82:35 MINS
Author:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Subtitle:
Linda Nochlin, the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, spoke at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on November 18, 2009 as part of the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art.
Size:
612.7 MB
Topic:
Cultural property
Lectures
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Lectures and Symposia
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Alex Haley Lecture for the Doubleday Lecture Series

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Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Subject:
Haley, Alex
United States National Archives and Records Administration
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
1 open reel 1/4 inch sound recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Sound recordings
Lectures
Place:
Africa
Africa, West
Gambia
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1976
Circa 1976
Notes:
Title created by ACMA based on transcription from physical asset and contents of recording.
Summary:
Author Alex Haley is a speaker for the Frank N. Doubleday Lecture Series; the theme of the lecture series is education in the real world. Haley speaks of researching and writing about his genealogical roots for his book, Roots, using oral history and archival materials, including those at the National Archives. He talks about traveling to Gambia and learning about the history of Kinte clan from a griot, a West African historian who is a repository of oral history for a particular African clan. Haley also speaks of black heritage and African heritage; his life in the coast guard and as a freelance writer; and his family as he was growing up.
Lecture. Part of Broadcast Programs. Undated.
Cite as:
Alex Haley Lecture for the Doubleday Lecture Series, Record Group 09-037, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
Family
African American families
Blacks--History
Oral history
Slavery
Slave trade
Local number:
ACMA AV003652
See more items in:
Broadcast Programs
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

[Reception, evidently after lecture] [cellulose acetate photonegative]

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Photographers:
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet, 4" x 5"?
1 item
Culture:
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1911
1994
Topic:
Lectures and lecturing
African Americans
Local number:
AC0618.004.0000116.tif (A Scan)
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Black-and-white film negatives (Series 4), Scurlock Studio Records 1905-1994
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Friday Noon Lecture Program Audiotapes, 1991, 1995-1996, 2000-2004, 2007-2009

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Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Education and Outreach
Subject:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Education
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Friday Noon Lecture Program
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Guest Services
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage boxes)
Type:
Audiotapes
Collection descriptions
Date:
1995
1995-1996
1991, 1995-1996, 2000-2004, 2007-2009
Summary:
This accession consists of audiotapes recorded during the Friday Noon Lecture Program at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) as well as other lectures and events organized by the Office of Education and Outreach and its predecessors, the Office of Guest Services and the Office of Education. and, beginning in 2006, its successor office, NMNH, Office of Guest Services. Materials include audiocassettes.
Topic:
Lectures and lecturing
Museums--Educational aspects
Natural history museums
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-062
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Friday Noon Lecture Program Audiotapes 1983-2009 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Education and Outreach]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Lincoln Ellsworth Lecture, Constitution Hall

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Author:
Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) b. 1878
Subject:
Ellsworth, Lincoln
National Geographic Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
DAR Constitution Hall (Organization : Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Interior
Date:
April 15, 1936
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Image taken by Ruel P.Tolman, former Director of the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts, and is included in Section N of a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington D.C. scenes.
This image was taken on the occasion of a lecture given by polar explorer and benefactor of the American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Ellsworth, on his recent discovery that the continent of Antarctica is a single continent.
Pencil inscriptions in the full scrapbook page read "Lincoln Ellsworth Lecture April 15, 1936" and "National Geographic."
Alternative Negative Number 32437-13. See also negatives SIA2011-2366 and SIA2011-2365.
On April 15, 1936, Lincoln Ellsworth was awarded the National Geographic Hubbard Medal, presented to him by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Following the presentation of the medal, Ellsworth delivered a lecture on April 15, 1936 in Constitution Hall, owned and operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Information on medal presentation and lecture found in newspaper "Lincoln Ellsworth's Theories On Antarctic." (1936, April 17). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 25. Retrieved May 30, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74164016. The content of the lecture was published by Lincoln Ellsworth in "My Flight Across the Antarctic," in National Geographic Magazine, ISSN 1044-6613, 07/1936, Volume 70, p. 1. The Hubbard Medal awarded to Ellsworth in in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum, ID A19640153000.
Summary:
Image of interior of Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall. Image shows a raised auditorium stage as seen from the right side of the auditorium. On stage there are several chairs in a row. Behind the chairs is a square screen flanked by two dark panels with pilasters one either side. Above the screen there is an arched pediment with a concave tympanum. There are ionic columns at the edges of the stage. The visible ceiling is composed of multiple smaller panes separated by heavy beams. The auditorium seats are partly filled, as are the chairs on the stage.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Collection, Scrapbook A-N
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Interior architecture
Lectures and lecturing
Architecture
Standard number:
SIA2011-2367 or 32437-13
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Lecture: John Kinard on Neighborhood Museums

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Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
1 open reel 1/4 inch sound recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Sound recordings
Lectures
Place:
Africa
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1971
Circa 1971
Notes:
Title created by ACMA staff based on contents of recording.
Summary:
At the Tanzania Society (Africa), John Kinard talks about the concept of the neighborhood museum and the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. Kinard talks about the development of the rat exhibit and community involvement in the development of museum exhibitions and programs.
Lecture. AV003653: part 1. Undated.
Cite as:
Lecture: John Kinard on Neighborhood Museums, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
Museums
Community museums
Museums and community
Local number:
ACMA AV003653
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

P.H. Polk Lecture at ICP

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Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Subject:
Polk, P. H. 1898-
Carver, George Washington 1864?-1943
Tuskegee Institute
International Center of Photography
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
2 open reel 1/4 inch sound recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Sound recordings
Lectures
Place:
United States
Date:
1970
Circa 1970s
Notes:
Title created by ACMA staff based on contents of recording and transcription from physical asset.
Summary:
Photographer P. H. Polk talks about studying photography, his early career as a photographer in the early 20th century, his influences (Rembrandt), and photography tips and techniques, including lighting, developing film, and manipulation of film and negatives. He also speaks of his experience studying and working at Tuskegee, his book of photographer on George Washington Carver, his relationship with Carver, and Carver's relationship to Tuskegee.
Lecture. Poor audio quality. Undated.
Cite as:
P.H. Polk Lecture at ICP, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
Photographers
African American photographers
Photography
Local number:
ACMA AV003422
ACMA AV003355
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
Additional Online Media:

Notes on color from a lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer

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Creator:
McMillan, Doris A.
Subject:
Schaeffer, Rudolph Frederick
Type:
Writings
Date:
1926 Sept. 9
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
1 notes : handwritten ; 22 x 12 cm.
Summary:
McMillan's notes from a lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer on color.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Topic:
Color
Lectures and lecturing
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)170
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Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1994
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Notes on color from a lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer

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Creator:
McMillan, Doris A.
Subject:
Schaeffer, Rudolph Frederick
Type:
Writings
Date:
1926 Sept. 30
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
Notes : 1 p. : handwritten, ill. ; 22 x 12 cm.
Summary:
Doris McMillan's illustrated notes from a lecture by Rudolph Schaeffer on color.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Topic:
Color
Lectures and lecturing
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)243
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Rudolph Schaeffer papers, 1880s-1994
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Stokely Carmichael Lecture at Howard University

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Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Subject:
Carmichael, Stokely 1941-1998
Howard University
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
2 open reel 1/2 inch video recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Video recordings
Lectures
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1972
Circa 1972
Notes:
Title created by ACMA staff based on contents of recording.
Summary:
During a lecture to students at Howard University, Stokely Carmichael speaks about the movement of black people toward unity with a clear, common ideology based on science. He stresses black people must put theory into practice - organize and take action. He speaks about the differences between revolutionary and reform movements; Pan-Africanism; the All African People's Revolutionary Party; scientific socialism; nkrumahism; capitalism; and imperialism.
Lecture. Part of ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings. Poor picture quality. AV000784: poor sound quality, speech until 001510 (followed by Panorama: Nikki Giovanni and Stokely Carmichael and Panorama: Alyce C. Gullattee, James P. Comer, John Williams). Undated.
Cite as:
Stokely Carmichael Lecture at Howard University, Record Group AV09-023, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
Civil rights leaders
Race
Black power
Pan-Africanism
Socialism
Capitalism
Imperialism
Local number:
ACMA AV003096
ACMA AV000784
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ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Lecture: Doctor Edward S. Hope

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Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Subject:
Hope, Edward S
Hope, John 1868-1936
Kinard, John 1936-1989
Washington, Booker T. 1856-1915
Du Bois, W. E. B (William Edward Burghardt) 1868-1963
Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.)
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
1 open reel 1/4 inch sound recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Sound recordings
Lectures
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1970
Circa 1970s
Notes:
Title created by ACMA staff based on contents of recording and transcription from the physical asset.
Summary:
Doctor Edward S. Hope talks about schools and education. He speaks of African American contributions to higher education, paricularly those of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. duBois, and his father, John Hope. He talks about liberal arts colleges, particularly Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Atlanta University. Hope also reminsciences about growing up at Morehouse College, where his father was the president, his education, and his work at a coffee shop and power plant in his younger years. Introduction by John Kinard.
Lecture. Poor sound quality. Part of ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings. Undated.
Cite as:
Lecture: Doctor Edward S. Hope, Record Group AV09-023, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
Educators
African American educators
Education
Education, Humanistic
African American universities and colleges
Local number:
ACMA AV003500-1
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ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Shirley Chisholm Lecture: Black Women

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Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Subject:
Chisholm, Shirley 1924-2005
Kinard, John 1936-1989
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
1 open reel 1/2 inch video recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Video recordings
Lectures
Speeches
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1976
Notes:
Title created by ACMA staff based on transcription from physical asset and contents of recording.
Photographs, artifacts, a slide show, and films form the exhibition - Black women: Achievements Against the Odds - that examines the contributions of 113 American black women in such areas as government, education, fine arts, civil rights, medicine, law, and industry. The women represent the world-famous as well as the little-known and include poet Phillis Wheatley, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Patricia Roberts Harris, educator Nannie Helen Burroughs, the first female editor-in-chief of the Boston University Law Review Clara Burrill Bruce, author Maya Angelou, sculptor Edmonia Lewis, and businesswoman Eartha M.M. White. The exhibition was created and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service; and it was on display at Anacostia Neighborhood Museum from February 8, 1976 - January 2, 1977 and October 21, 1984 - June 30, 1985.
Summary:
At the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm talks about the achievements of black women while acknowledging there is still a long way to go and work to be completed before black women gain rightful place in society. She describes the characteristics, roles, struggles, and challenges of black women. She talks about the increase of black women in social and political movements. Chisholm calls for action, humanism, formation of alliances, and work by all to work toward common goals and objectives. Opening remarks include formation and work of Committee of Black Women. Closing remarks by John Kinard.
Lecture/speech. Part of Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds Audiovisual Records. Transcribed from physical asset: 1. Opening Remarks - Sallie Tancil Prin Terrell Elem Sch, 2. Comments on Blk Womens Comm - Edith Makenth, 3. Intro S. Chisolm - Julian Evell, Asst Secy Public Affairs SI, 4. S. Chisolm - Approx 40 min, 5. Presentation - J.Jones & Savoy 6th Grader, 6. Closing Comments - J Kinard Dir ANM. Dated 19761104.
Cite as:
Shirley Chisholm Lecture: Black Women, Exhibition Records AV03-028, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
African American women
Women
Human rights
Women's rights
Local number:
ACMA AV003078
See more items in:
Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds Audiovisual Records
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Sean Scully Lecture

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2008-08-09T01:08:32.000Z
Video Title:
Sean Scully Lecture
Description:
For More Webcasts & Podcasts: http://americanart.si.edu/interact/#webcasts?siref=Youtube&video=seanscully On May 19th, an eager audience gathered in the McEvoy Auditorium to hear artist Sean Scully, an event that marked the opening of The Prints of Sean Scully. The exhibition features a selection from his complete set of master prints, which the artist donated to the museum's permanent collection. Throughout his lecture, Scully combined his sharp wit and an obvious reverence for the creative process while he discussed the larger themes prevalent in his works, including some examples from the print collection on view in the exhibition. The artist also shared insight into the differences between painting and printmaking, the impact each technique has on his artistic approach and the inspirational effect poetry and literature have on his artwork. For More Webcasts & Podcasts: http://americanart.si.edu/interact/#webcasts?siref=Youtube&video=seanscully
Views:
12,435
Video Duration:
1 hr 16 min 25 sec
Youtube Category:
Education
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SmithsonianVideos
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianVideos
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution

Abolitionist Lectures Held at Smithsonian

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Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Abolitionist
Smithsonian Institution Building Lecture Hall
Place:
United States
Date:
December 1861-April 1862
Civil War, 1861-1865
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Notes:
For Smithsonian Annual Report references to Joseph Henry's lecture policy and to this lecture series, see http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/7921174, http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/8893183, http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/9990607, and http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/8889755.
For further discussion, see Dorman's "'Interruptions and Embarrassments': The Smithsonian Institution during the Civil War" on Henry web site http://siarchives.si.edu/sites/default/files/pdfs/jhpp/JHP_Interruptions_and_Embarrassments_-_The_Smithsonian_during_the_Civil_War.pdf or Alyssa DesRochers, "Controversy in the 'Castle" http://siarchives.si.edu/blog/controversy-%E2%80%9Ccastle%E2%80%9D. Citations here are pulled from noted 21 and 22 of Dorman's paper.
Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, January 1858-December 1865: The Smithsonian Years. Washington, D.C.: Science History Publications, 2004, pp. 249-51, 274-76.
Michael Conlin, "The Smithsonian Abolition Lecture Controversy: The Clash of Antislavery Politics With American Science in Wartime Washington," Civil War History - A Journal of the Middle Period, Vol. 46, No. 4 (December 2000), pp. 301-23.
Carl Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, 4 vols. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1939, 1:400.
Smithsonian Annual Report for 1857, p. 36; 1861, pp. 47-48; 1862, pp. 43-45; 1863, pp. 41-43.
National Intelligencer, December 12, 1861; New York Daily Tribune, January 17, 1862.
James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988, pp. 494-496.
Thomas Coulson, Joseph Henry: His Life and Work. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950, p. 242.
Summary:
The Washington Lecture Association receives permission to hold a lecture series at the Smithsonian after agreeing their purpose was "consistent with the character of the Institution," and that they would exclude "any subject connected with sectarianism, discussions in Congress and the political questions of the day." The lecture series soon reveals itself to be a forum on abolition of slavery, perhaps the most explosive issue of the day, with leading abolitionists booked as lecturers. Vain attempts are made to quell the ensuing controversy by stating that the Institution is not responsible for the political character of these lectures. After the lecture series ends, Henry and the Smithsonian's executive committee decide to refuse all applications for use of the lecture hall except those from public school principals, who use the hall for student award ceremonies. Henry concludes that he must otherwise restrict use of the lecture room to events directly under the auspices of the Institution, provoking complaints of unfairness from an association that had hoped to sponsor lectures opposing abolitionism. Henry decides to make up for dissatisfaction by arranging, under Institution auspices, a more extended series of lectures for the winter of 1862-63, on a variety of scientific and educational subjects.
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Wartime Activities
Antislavery movements
Lectures and lecturing
Slavery
Policies
Controversies
History
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

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