Birds of a Feather
Tuesday, April 06, 2021: 2:00pm - 3:30pm - - Birds of a Feather
Elena Gonzales, Author, Exhibitions for Social Justice, USA
This session is a virtual opportunity for participants to gather in the casual atmosphere of a book signing to chat and network around the theme of Exhibitions for Social Justice, a recent book by Elena Gonzales. Join Elena for a casual conversation of her book, Exhibitions for Social Justice, current events in the world and the world of museums, and their intersection with your own work. These days, Elena’s focus on social justice is particularly directed into research on the history and lived present of racism and environmental justice. She is exploring them through the lens of the pandemic. Bring your stories of exhibitions working for social justice, your questions about the book, and your own cozy beverage. Elena will also share worksheets from the book and let you know how to acquire a signed copy of the book.
Elena Gonzales, PhD, is an independent scholar and curator focusing on curatorial work for social justice and museums’ roles in society today and the author of Exhibitions for Social Justice from Routledge’s Museum Meanings Series (2019). In particular, Gonzales’s research currently addresses environmental justice, racial injustice, and the intersection of these concerns with the world of museums. Gonzales received her doctorate in American Studies and Masters in Public Humanities from Brown University in 2015 and 2010 respectively. She has curated exhibitions since 2006 and has taught curatorial studies since 2010. In 2012, Gonzales was a Ford Dissertation Fellow. Now she serves on the exhibitions committee at the Evanston Art Center where she participates in planning an annual schedule of more than 20 exhibitions per year and a biannual curatorial fellowship for BIPOC curators. Gonzales has served as a visiting scholar at Northwestern University in American Studies and the School of Education and Social Policy. She is co-editor of Museums and Civic Discourse: History, Current Practice, and Future Prospects, a digital public humanities project forthcoming from Greenhouse Studios with generous support from the Whiting Foundation and the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute. She is also a contributing author of Seize the Moment: How Museums Can Prepare for the Post-Pandemic Age, forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield and the American Association for State and Local History.