Museum Expert to Speak at Marymount

The public is invited to hear Dr. Steven Lubar, a professor of American Studies at Brown University, discuss the spoken and unspoken rules of museum curation. Dr. Lubar will speak at the annual Bisson Lecture in the Humanities from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10 in Reinsch Library Auditorium at Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road.

    The lecture on museum history and American culture will also serve as the keynote address for the 2015 Virginia Humanities Conference, which will be held at Marymount on April 10-11. The conference as a whole is also open to the public, with registration.

    “We’re very excited to have Steven here, and his talk fits well with both the goals of the Bisson Lecture and the conference theme,” said Dr. Tonya Howe, Marymount Associate Professor of Literature and Languages. “He’s a very funny, personable speaker and will have a lot of interesting things to say about what goes on behind the scenes in museums.”

    Howe is also the 2014-15 president of the annual conference, which has the theme, “The Humanities and/in the Public Sphere.”

    Lubar is the former director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown. He also held a variety of positions over a 20-year period at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution, serving as chair of its Division of History of Technology from 1995 to 2004.

    The Bisson Lecture in the Humanities was established in 2009 in honor of Professor Lillian Bisson. A scholar of medieval literature, former director of the graduate program in Humanities, and chair of the department of Literature and Languages, Bisson retired from Marymount in 2010 after 41 years of service.

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