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Slattery Center Hosts Inaugural Lecture | Royal News: November 16 2021 – Scranton

The Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Humanities will present the Inaugural Sondra and Morey Myers Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Lecture Thursday, Nov. 18 at 11:30 a.m.  A viewing will be held in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. Keynote lecturer, Lonnie Bunch III, the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will present “The Humanities, Democracy and Race.”
The lecture can also be watched via a zoom live steam.
Secretary Bunch is an American educator, curator and historian whose scholarly works cover a wide range of topics from diversity in museum management to the impact of politics on museum funding. He is the Smithsonian Institution’s first Black secretary and the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Additionally, Bunch was elected to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House by President George W. Bush in 2002 and reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2010. Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field and is regarded as one of the nation’s leading figures in the historical and museum community.
The Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Humanities opened in the fall of 2019 with the intention of enhancing the Universities liberal arts tradition. With the support of benefactor and University Trustee James M. Slattery ’86 and his wife Betsy, the center serves to create programs of scholarship, sponsor insightful lectures from prominent speakers and encourages community members to think about careers in non-corporate settings.
Lecture namesakes, Sondra and Morey Myers, J.D., are esteemed community leaders whose work has encouraged and enriched the practice of community engagement here in Scranton and nationally. Sondra Myers serves as senior fellow for international, civic and cultural projects and director of the Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton. The Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in Humanities and Civic Engagement serves to commemorate their commitment to the humanities.
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