Opening Keynote Panel: Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution & Arianna Davis, Director of O, The Oprah Magazine

Wednesday, April 07, 2021: 11:00am - 12:30pm

In this session, Arianna Davis, Digital Director of O, The Oprah Magazine, will interview Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute.Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, a position he assumed in 2019. As Secretary, he oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, and numerous education and research centers.

Bunch was formerly the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He began this position in 2005 with one staff member, and no funding, collections, or location for a museum. Propelled by a dedication to build “a place that would make America better,” Bunch brought his vision to life. The museum now boasts a collection of 40,000 objects and has welcomed over 6 million visitors since opening in 2016.

 

 

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian. (Michael Barnes/Smithsonian Institution Archives)

Bunch will be interviewed by Ariana Davis, Digital Director of O, The Oprah Magazine, where she manages all editorial, social, and video content and strategy for Oprahmag.com. She is also the author of What Would Frida Do? A Guide to Living Boldly, inspired by the life of artist Frida Kahlo, and is an adjunct professor of writing and editing for New York University’s Digital & Print Media Master’s program.

The speakers will be introduced by Shanita Brackett, Co-Chair of the MW21 Conference, who will also moderate a Q&A between Davis and Bunch following the interview. Brackett is also the Walmart Director of Visitor and Guest Services at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution.


Chair: Shanita Brackett