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The goal of this panel discussion is to address the broader role of Anthropology as a discipline and museums as institutions in engaging with local communities surrounding on-going conversations and movements, such as the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Movement for Black Lives. Specifically, we hope that this panel will center on the relationship between Penn Anthropology, the Penn Museum, and the West Philadelphia community. In what ways might graduate students, as anthropologists at Penn, do more in matters of community engagement and social justice? How might these matters come to shape the discipline of Anthropology and museums more broadly?


  • Tiffany Cain, Ph.D. Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows and a Penn Anthropology alumna
  • Rev. Charles L. Howard, Ph.D. University Chaplain and University Vice President for Social Equity & Community
  • Ellen Owens, Merle-Smith Director of Learning and Public Engagement, Penn Museum
  • James Wright, Director of Community, Economic & Real Estate Development for People's Emergency Center

Please submit your questions in advance to the speakers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1c0-rarLSOuRQeeTEqOWflMu1d3WQYvFgvgdWfvJ-K4o/edit?usp=sharing 


This event is organized by the Penn Museum Graduate Advisory Council together with the Museum Library. 

** Registration closes by noon on Nov. 10, and a Zoom link will be sent via e-mail to registered participants by the morning of the event. **

Registration is required. There are 97 seats available.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Museum Library

Event Organizer

Deb Stewart