Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Catherine Hall in conversation with Lonnie Bunch

29 October 2018, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Bellfield Slave Register

Catherine Hall will be in a lunchtime conversation with Lonnie Bunch.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Cecile Bremont


IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

Speakers will discuss the collection for the African American Museum and the political work involved. This discussion aims to set connections between the UK and the USA's status quo.

About the Speakers

Lonnie Bunch

Director at National Museum of African American History and Culture

As the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie Bunch promotes the museum’s mission to help audiences see African American history as American and human history. One of the recent exhibits, ‘Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection’, opened on 8 May 2018. In addition, the museum’s travelling exhibition, ‘Changing America’, will be exhibited at 50 venues across the US during 2018. Lonnie Bunch also established the programme ‘Save Our African American Treasures’ featuring day-long workshops where participants work with conservation specialists and historians to learn to identify and preserve items of historical value.

Before his July 2005 appointment as Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society (2001–2005). A prolific and widely published author, Lonnie Bunch has written on topics ranging from the black military experience, the American presidency and all-black towns in the American West to diversity in museum management and the impact of funding and politics on American museums. In 2010, he published the award-winning book, Call the Lost Dream Back: Essays on Race, History and Museums. In 2017, he authored for the World Economic Forum in Davos Agenda (blog), ‘America, Slavery and how Museums can help to heal Fractured Societies’. Lectures and presentations to museum professionals and scholars have taken him to major cities in the United States and many nations abroad, including Australia, China, Ghana, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Sweden and the UK.

Bunch received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The American University in Washington, D.C. in African American and American history. In 2017, Bunch was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received honorary doctorates from universities, including Princeton University, Brown University, Dominican University, Georgetown, Roosevelt University, Rutgers University and his alma mater, American University.

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Catherine Hall

Emerita Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at UCL

Since 2009, she has been Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London. Her work explores the interrelation between metropole and colony in an attempt to rewrite the narrative of certain aspects of 'British history' in the mid-nineteenth century empire period.


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