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History, Memory, and Authenticity

Posted on May 9, 2019 by in The OFI Blog |

(L-R): Dr. Ben Davidson, Dr. Tess Korobkin, Dr. Tuliza Fleming, and Dr. Sarah Beetham

On Tuesday 5/7/19, the 2018-2019 James Smithson Fellows made presentations to a packed Castle Library at the 4th James Smithson Fellows Research Lecture before taking Q&A moderated by National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Curator Dr. Tuliza Fleming.

The Smithson Fellows include Dr. Sarah Beetham (Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)), Ben Davidson (National Museum of American History (NMAH)), and Dr. Tess Korobkin (National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)). Every two years, the James Smithson Fellowship Program provides opportunities to a handful of participants whose research intersects public discourse and a pre-selected theme. The 2018-2019 theme is “History, Memory, Authenticity”.

Dr. Sarah Beetham’s project “Set in Stone: Civil War Monuments and the Paradox of Permanence”, Dr. Ben Davidson’s project “Freedom’s Generation: Legacies of Civil War Childhood”, and Dr. Tess Korbkin’s project “Memory and Monumentality in Augusta Savage’s Sculptural Bodies” all attempt to find answers to the questions raised by history, memory, and authenticity. The 4th James Smithson Fellows Research Lecture highlighted the importance of work on this vital topic.

If you would like, click here to learn more about the James Smithson Fellowship program.