Schedule

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
10:30 am – 11:00 am Eastern Time

Introduction and Welcome with Oh Freedom! Online Conference Project Team Members

This session welcomes participants, introduces the overall conference, reviews the Oh Freedom! website, provides tech check guidance, and more.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
11:00 am – 11:45 am Eastern Time

Keynote Address: 150 Years of Civil Rights in American Art

Richard J. PowellFrom its beginnings in the years immediately following the American Civil War, the campaign aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against African Americans and restoring their voting rights inspired visual documentation and creative representations of its struggles and achievements. This talk traces these image-based responses to the “Long” Civil Rights Movement, focusing on the evidentiary, fine art, and propagandistic ways in which graphic artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, and architects in the United States acknowledged this social and political crusade, and gave “The Movement” significant, artistic form.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Eastern Time

Teaching Civil Rights History through Art in Your Classroom

gardullo_lg_thmb forgerson_60Curator Paul Gardullo and museum educator Anna Forgerson will explore the historical and cultural context of the Civil Rights Movement along with teaching strategies to utilize this information in the classroom. Using artworks selected by conference participants from the Oh Freedom! website, Gardullo and Forgerson will focus on ways to construct meaning through thoughtful, object-based methods in order to begin to understand how the Movement connects to the larger American experience.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern Time

Lunch & Listen

Lunch & Listen with Student Podcasts featuring students in grades 7-12 from across the U.S.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Eastern Time

Using Oh Freedom! to Teach Civil Rights

eder_60Join Dr. Elizabeth K. Eder from the online conference project team to explore Oh Freedom!, a new Smithsonian website that uses artwork, music, oral histories, objects, and primary source documents to teach about the Civil Rights movement. Learn how to use the interactive timeline, create and share lessons correlated to national standards, collect images for your classroom, and more.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Eastern Time

The Power of Objects: Civil Rights Collections at the National Museum of American History

rubenstein_60The National Museum of American History’s civil rights collections grew out of the political turmoil of the 1960s that engulfed the nation’s capital and the country. Some material was collected by curators, several of whom were personally active in local civil rights organizations, and other items were literally left behind on the Smithsonian’s doorsteps. The collection today includes items ranging from 19th century abolitionists broadsides to contemporary protest signs. This presentation will explore how this collection was first formed, look at some of the most significant items in the collection, and discuss what new directions the museum is considering.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Eastern Time

Curatorial Spotlight

mecklenburg_60Smithsonian American Art Museum Chief Curator Virginia Mecklenburg discusses her curatorial perspective on the vision and creativity of African American artists and the various ways these artists have expressed notions of Civil Rights from protest to identity and representation to community.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time

Closing Thoughts and Q & A  with Oh Freedom! Online Conference Project Team Members

This session summarizes the online conference, provides opportunities for further Q & A, introduces teaching resources and ways to continue the dialogue post conference, and more.