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Robert K. Webb Lecture with Dan Hicks

Part of our Fall 2022 Humanities Forum


Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : 767

Date & Time

October 27, 2022, 4:00 pm5:30 pm


The Department of History presents their annual Robert K. Webb Lecture:

The Decade of Returns: Museum Curation after the "Universal Museum"

Dan Hicks, Professor, Contemporary Archaeology, University of Oxford, and Curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum

As museums around the world begin to transfer ownership and make returns of looted African cultural heritage, what does this mean for museums in Europe and North America? In this talk, Dan Hicks takes stock of a century of African demands for returns, the gradual evolution of professional ethical curatorial practice, and the opportunities and risks that lie ahead.

Biography: Dan Hicks is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at Oxford University, Curator at the university's Pitt Rivers Museum, and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. His book, The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution, was named one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2020 and is the winner of the 2022 National Council on Public History Award for the Best Book in Public History. Twitter/Instagram: @ProfDanHicks.

Co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities.

Photo provided by speaker.

In-person with simultaneous streaming via dreshercenter.umbc.edu.

Image description: A white man with very short hair and glasses is looking towards the camera. He is standing in front of a brick wall.

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