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Making Visible: Diversity in the Future of Public History with Miguel Juarez

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Lawrence Hall, Room 249
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

Miguel Juárez will open the year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers published by the UO's Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy. Juárez will engage the campus community in discussion concerning representation of Latinxs and people of color in public history and museum studies through video conference on Friday, March 3rd from 1:00-3:00pm. In 1997, Juárez published the article "The Invisible Careers for Latinos: Public History and Museum Studies for CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts and Culture Workers." Twenty years later, Juarez finds that progress still needs to be made. 

Preservation of cultural history requires cultural competency from programmers, arts educators, archivists, librarians, museum curators, and historians that can be passed on to future generations. As culture workers, how do we create tools, repositories, and programs that recognize the historical and cultural representations of communities of color? How do we appropriately implement such practices and peoples in the programs and educational offerings we produce that do not suggest tokenism? Juárez asserts that there needs to be a sense of trust, respect, and accountability to communities that have been excluded, marginalized, or underrepresented. He also suggests that digital technologies as well as neighborhood based programs can provide access and exposure to these cultural histories. Examples and ideas will be shared in this talk. Q&A will follow. 

Juárez is a doctoral candidate in the Borderlands History Program at the University of Texas-El Paso, He holds a Masters in Library Science (MLS) and a Masters of Arts (MA) in Border History. He is the author of Colors on Desert Walls: The Murals of El Paso (1997) and is co-editor of Where Are All the Librarians of Color: The Experiences of People of Color in Academia (2015).  His research interests include libraries and archives, artists and art making, borderlands history, public history, Chicana/o history, culture and urban and planning history. You can follow him @miguelJuárez. This event is free and open to the public.