Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dr. Carr's Lecture: Museums And Libraries And The Rescue Of American Voices

This week's podcast is a recording of the lecture by Dr. David Carr called Museums And Libraries And The Rescue Of American Voices from 2/4/09. Dr. Carr is Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, UNC Chapel Hill, and author of The Promise of Cultural Institutions, (2003) and A Place Not a Place: Reflection and Possibility in Museums and Libraries(2006). This lecture was co-sponsored by the UNCG Department of History, the UNCG Universities Libraries, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Summary of this lecture (no transcript available) Carr says that everything we know and learn as individuals is surrounded by contexts that connect our knowledge and thinking to other people, to our communities and beyond, and to our nation as a place of progress and renewal. In a democracy, museums and libraries are the cultural instruments best able to approach the complexities, passions, empathies, curiosities, and ambiguities of experience. Cultural institutions are for our common stories, for the communication of evidence and value, for observations of public memory, and for reflection on the questions that remain with us always. Libraries and museums are essential parts of American democratic practice; they are places for public critical thinking, and for the reflection that brings people together in progressive reciprocity.

Hosts: Irma Minerva, Benjamin Filene (UNCG - Director of Public History), and Dr David Carr

Time: 38:07 | Size: 35 MB | Download

Music: "ants........................" by Anchor Méjans (intro)

note: the sound quality is poor and varies throughout the lecture.

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