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305 | Museums and Race
305 | Museums and Race
Sun, Apr 30 | 2 – 3 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
78 E Washington St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

The recent national conversation about race has included voting, prisons, and policing. Add to that list museums, which have begun to contend with histories of racism—in society and in their own institutions—including reflections in the very collections they’ve acquired or manage. Join David Pilgrim of the Jim Crow Museum, Carlos Tortolero of the National Museum of Mexican Art, and Chip Colwell of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the author of Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, for a conversation about changing curatorial practices and efforts at community engagement.

Preorder your copy of Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.


Chip Colwell is Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He has published ten books, most recently Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture (University of Chicago Press). His work has been highlighted in such venues as The New York Times, The Guardian, Salon, and Indian Country Today. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of, a popular online magazine about anthropological discoveries and thinking.

Carlos Tortolero is the Founder and President of the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) in Chicago. The NMMA is the first Latino museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The National Museum of Mexican Art has become a national model for its exhibits, performances, arts education programs, advocacy of cultural equity issues, and as a model for how museums need to change in today's society. Tortolero has received two honorary doctorates and has served on numerous boards. Tortolero has written articles for national and international publications. He has also made presentations across the U.S. and internationally.

David Pilgrim, PhD, is the founder and Director of the Jim Crow Museum, the nation’s largest publicly accessible collection of racist objects, located at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, where he is a Distinguished Teacher and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. He is the author of Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice. The book explains the museum’s vision and work, where the objects are used as tools to teach about race, race relations, and racism.

  • Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits
  • 4/30/2017