Publicly Engaged Scholarship: Jennifer Scott Lecture
Jennifer Scott will discuss two nationally significant historic sites dedicated to public engagement: Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York and Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago.
The two urban-centered historic house museums address a range of social inequities of the past and present, including poverty, violence, mass incarceration, labor, education, and gender disparity. Representing socially marginalized communities, these unconventional museums use their histories of activism, social reform, and movement-building to address present-day social justice issues through publicly-engaged research, programming, exhibitions, and oral histories, exploring the ways in which their histories transform and are transformed by communities.
Jennifer has worked with museums and with art and history organizations for the past 20 years and focused on historic house museums, re-envisioning them as sites of arts and activism. Formerly, she served as the public historian at Weeksville Heritage Center and is currently the director of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. She researches, writes and teaches arts and civic engagement, museology, and anthropology at the New School for Public Engagement in New York and in the graduate program of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.