The Bog and the Beast, The Engraver and the Priest: Museums, the Nation, and the World

Peggy Levitt, Professor, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College, and Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellow, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Thursday, July 5, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Ever since the leaders of the new French Republic opened the doors of the Louvre to the French public, museums have strongly influenced how people imagine the nations where they live. But in today’s global world, have museums taken on the challenge of creating global citizens too? Where do they fall in the battle between multilingual globalism and parochial nationalism? Why do particular cities create regionally or internationally focused institutions while others create museums that look barely past their front doors?

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