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Decolonizing Museums in Practice: Developing a Sense of Belonging Through Daily Acts of Respect, Trust, and True Collaboration

Event Type
Spurlock Museum
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Mar 22, 2024   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
American Indian Studies Program

As efforts to decolonize museums gain momentum, conversations have focused on voluntary repatriation, restitution, and repatriation. While these efforts are important, in many museums they have remained largely theoretical. This conversation will instead focus on the small, cumulative acts of generosity and reciprocity that can ignite institutional change.

Panelists will share their lived experiences, stories of museum work, and vision for what museums could be in the future. We invite you to participate in this community conversation to share your vision of what museums should be.


  • Bizhikiins Jennings (Bad River Band, Ojibwe), leader of the Bizhiki Culture and Dance Company
  • Dr. Magdalena Novoa, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • David Eby, (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma/Muscogee), PhD student in the School of Information Sciences
  • Dr. Cassandra Smith, Visiting Professor in Art History

Moderator: Daniela Morales Fredes, PhD student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning

To learn more about the panelists and discussion, please visit:


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