Season 3: HBCU Library Alliance Tour

Buckle up for a spring break road trip! Season 3 will spotlight people and collections at six HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) libraries and learn more about these cornerstones of culture and historical knowledge.

We’ll travel from the inner harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, to the “Queen City” of Charlotte, North Carolina; from the champion trees of Columbia, South Carolina, to the magnolias of Lorman, Mississippi; and from the bayous of New Orleans, Louisiana to the rolling hills of Nashville, Tennessee. We will consider the impact of HBCU library collections on society both locally and abroad. How do we tell the story of Black history from the archives? What are the roles of cultural heritage institutions in the preservation of Black culture? What are the challenges these institutions face? And where do we go from here?

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Season 3

S3 E2: There’s Magic in Creating Something from Nothing

Museums are for everyone, says librarian and curator Erika Witt. Join us for a conversation about Southern University at New Orleans’s African art collection, her transformative trip to Egypt, and how galleries, libraries,...

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S3 E1: Our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) occupy a remarkable space in American education, showcasing both the richness of Black intellectual tradition and the tenacity required to thrive in the face of racial hostility...

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Crisis as Catalyst: Notes from DCDC (Special Episode 1)

In this special episode, Material Memory is partnering with the UK-based DCDC conference to bring you three stories about the theme “crisis as a catalyst for change.” First, host Nicole Kang Ferraiolo interviews...

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