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How the Word Is Passed: A Conversation with Clint Smith

September 28, 2022 – 12p ET

$25 AAMI-member / $35 non-member
Registration includes access to the recording for two weeks following the live program

AAMI is honored to host New York Times bestselling author Clint Smith for a Fall Virtual Convening. In 2018, Smith set out on an unprecedented tour-of-tours, visiting dozens of museums, historic sites, and other locations with legacies of slavery. The stories these institutions tell about their—our—past range from intentional reckonings to reticent omissions to sensational and even dangerous revisions. In How the Word Is Passed, each chapter closely examines one site at a time, detailing Smith’s experience as a visitor on guided tours, in exhibitions, and during events. He expands on his observation by talking with stakeholders and staff as well as additional research. With candor, Smith considers the intersection of many of his own identities at the time with these experiences—as a poet, educator, PhD Student, new father, Southerner, and descendant of enslaved people.


Moderating the program will be Adrienne Lalli Hills, Director of Learning and Engagement at the First Americans Museum. As part of their conversation, they will delve into aspects of Smith’s book that have resonance and clear applications for interpretation and others in the museum field committed to anti-racist work.

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