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Curating the Silence

Richard Rabinowitz

The American History Workshop

Thursday, February 7, 2013
William L. Clements Library, 909 East University

Refreshments to follow.

Sponsored by OVPR, Program in American Culture, Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History

Rabinowitz is a principal of the American History Workshop. Since founding the Workshop in 1980, Dr. Rabinowitz has led creative teams of scholars, researchers, curators, designers, media producers, educators, and museum planners in more than 540 successful and innovative projects at sites like the New-York Historical Society, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati; and state heritage parks and local and regional historical societies in 33 states and the District of Columbia. He has organized museum plans, exhibitions, and media presentations on immigration and ethnic community histories in Seattle, Tucson, and Wheeling; on urban development in Boston, Phoenix, Portland, Chicago, and Albany; on legal and constitutional history in Philadelphia; on the encounter of natives and newcomers in Ogallala and Spokane; and on American popular culture in Orlando and New York; among many others.

Most recently, Rabinowitz was awarded the 2012 Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history by the American Historical Association.

Richard's lecture subject “Curating the Silence,” explores how historians, and particularly public historians, confront the dilemma that evidences of African American lives, voices, and perspectives are seldom available in the documentary record. Public historians and artists can rely upon investigative methodologies not conventionally used in scholarly research and writing.