A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 · 5 PM - 6:30 PM
James Counts Early, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Mario Santo Domingo, Psychology, UMBC
Michelle Stefano, American Studies, UMBC
Ashley Minner, Community Artist and Activist, Baltimore American Indian Center
The process of constructing heritage is inherently political. Whether displayed in a museum, protected as a site, or thought of in terms of shared, cultural knowledge passed down over time, heritage is identified, defined, and interpreted through policies that both shape its very nature and exclude that which is not. This forum marks the beginning of a series of ongoing, critical discussions on the mechanisms of constructing heritage and the power relations embedded within its enterprise, from international to local-level perspectives.
Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the American Studies Department.