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The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab created a weekly series titled Coffee and Conversations  as part of its digital and remote programming for FIU and the South Florida community at large in response to the novel coronavirus.

Season 1 addressed how leaders of cultural institutions began to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. You can view the recorded espoides below. 

Season 2 titled Museums and Histories of Anti-Blackness takes place on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.. WPHL faculty host a remote, informal chat with directors and leaders of museums and other cultural institutions to discuss how they and their institutions are addressing the challenges of working against institutional powers that have historically erased, marginalized, or whitewashed Black histories.. These conversations are free and open to the public over Zoom. Audiences are invited to ask questions and contribute to the discussion after the initial interview.

Season 3 brings six authors to discuss their newly published works as part of the 2020 Miami Book Fair.

 

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  • Coffee & Conversation: Miami Book Fair

    Season 3 of Coffee & Conversations kicked off with WPHL Director Rebecca Friedman and WPHL Deputy Director Julio Capó Jr. interviewing author Candacy Taylor about her work, especially her latest book Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America. Recorded 10/20/20.

    Episode 2 of Discussing Contemporary Issues with Miami Book Fair, the third season of the Coffee & Conversations web series hosted by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL) at Florida International University. WPHL Director Rebecca Friedman and WPHL Deputy Director Julio Capó Jr. interview Miami Book Fair author Sharon Salberg about her work, especially her latest book Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250759849). Recorded 10/22/20.

  • Coffee & Conversations: Museums and Histories of Anti-Blackness (Season 2)

     

    Rebecca Friedman, Director of the WPHL, converses with Timothy A. Barber, Executive Director of The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc., on the significance of centering Black lives and experiences in museums and cultural institutions, and the challenges of working against the powers at institutions (and the field or society more generally) that seek to erase, marginalize, or whitewash Black histories and experiences. Recorded 7/2/20.

    Julio Capó, Jr., Deputy Director of the WPLH, converses with David Conner (Director of Community Engagement of the Worcester Historical Museum), Debbie Hall (Founder of the Worcester Black History Project), and Al Green (Ministry Director, LGBT Asylum Task Force) on the significance of centering Black lives and experiences in museums and cultural institutions, and the challenges of working against the powers at institutions that seek to erase, marginalize, or whitewash Black histories and experiences. Recorded 7/9/20.

    Rebecca Friedman, Director of the WPLH, converses with Joel Hoffman (Executive Director and CEO of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens) and Wendy Wolf (Deputy Director of Learning and Community Engagement of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens) on the significance of centering Black lives and experiences in museums and cultural institutions, and the challenges of working against the powers at institutions that seek to erase, marginalize, or whitewash Black histories and experiences. Recorded 7/16/20.

    Episode 4 of Museums & Histories of Anti-Blackness, the second season of the Coffee & Conversations series hosted by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL). Julio Capó, Jr., Deputy Director of the WPHL, converses with Regina Gayle Phillips (Executive Director of the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, an African-American museum and center in St. Augustine, FL) on the significance of centering Black lives and experiences in museums and cultural institutions, and the challenges of working against the powers at institutions that seek to erase, marginalize, or whitewash Black histories and experiences. To support and learn more about the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, visit: https://www.lincolnvillemuseum.org/. Recorded 7/23/20.

    Episode 5 of Museums & Histories of Anti-Blackness, the second season of the Coffee & Conversations series hosted by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL). Rebecca Friedman, Director of the WPHL, converses with Klaudio Rodriguez, Interim Director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts on the significance of centering Black lives and experiences in museums and cultural institutions, and the challenges of working against the powers at institutions--and the field or society more generally--that seek to erase, marginalize, or whitewash Black histories and experiences. Recorded 9/24/20.

    Episode 6 of Museums & Histories of Anti-Blackness, the second season of the Coffee & Conversations series hosted by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL). Julio Capó, Jr., Deputy Director of the WPHL, converses with Dr. Réquel Lopes, Executive Director of the World AIDS Museum & Educational Center, on the significance of centering Black lives and experiences in museums and cultural institutions, and the challenges of working against the powers at institutions--and the field or society more generally--that seek to erase, marginalize, or whitewash Black histories and experiences. Recorded 10/1/20.

    Episode 7 of Museums & Histories of Anti-Blackness, the second season of the Coffee & Conversations series hosted by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL). Rebecca Friedman, Director of the WPHL, converses with Dr. Brad Massey, the Saunders Foundation Curator of Public History at Tampa Bay History Center, on the significance of centering Black lives and experiences in museums and cultural institutions, and the challenges of working against the powers at institutions--and the field or society more generally--that seek to erase, marginalize, or whitewash Black histories and experiences. Recorded 10/8/20.

    Episode 8 of Museums & Histories of Anti-Blackness, the second season of the Coffee & Conversations series hosted by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL). Julio Capó, Jr., Deputy Director of the WPHL, converses with Patricia Zeiler of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, on the significance of centering Black lives and experiences in museums and cultural institutions, and the challenges of working against the powers at institutions--and the field or society more generally--that seek to erase, marginalize, or whitewash Black histories and experiences. Recorded 10/1/20.

  • Coffee & Conversations: Cultural Institutions in Times of Crisis (Season 1)
    Jordana Pomeroy, Frost Art Museum
    WPHL Director Rebecca Friedman converses with Jordana Pomeroy, Director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU, on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the museum continues to serve the community. Recorded 4/9/20.

    Hunter O'Hanian, Stonewall National Museum & Archives
    WPHL Deputy Director Julio Capó, Jr. converses with Hunter O'Hanian, Executive Director of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the institution continues to serve the community. Recorded 4/16/20.

    Susan Gladstone, Jewish Museum of Florida
    WPHL Director Rebecca Friedman converses with Susan Gladstone, Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the museum continues to serve the community. Recorded 4/23/20.

    Helmut Schuster and Melissa Blundell, Wilzig Erotic Art Museum
    WPHL Director Rebecca Friedman and WPHL Deputy Director Julio Capó, Jr. converse with Helmut Schuster (Director of the Wilzig Museum Building in Miami Beach) & Melissa Blundell-Osorio (Director of Education at the Wilzig Erotic Art Museum and the Wilzig Museum Building) on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the museum continues to serve the community. Recorded 4/30/20.

    Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books

    WPHL faculty and writer Ana Menéndez converses with Mitchell Kaplan, President of Books & Books, on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the cultural space continues to serve the community. Recorded 5/7/20.

    Alan Ket, Museum of Graffiti

    WPHL Director Rebecca Friedman converses with Alan Ket, Co-Founder of the Museum of Graffiti in Wynwood, on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the museum continues to serve the community. Recorded 5/14/20.

     Sandy Dorsainvil, Little Haiti Cultural Center/Caribbean Marketplace

    Chantalle F. Verna, Associate Professor of History and International Relations at FIU and author of Haiti and the Uses of America and co-editor of The Haiti Reader, converses with Sandy Dorsainvil, Manager of Little Haiti Cultural Center and Caribbean Marketplace, on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the cultural center continues to serve the community. Recorded 5/21/20.

    Casey Steadman, The Wolfsonian-FIU

    WPHL Director Rebecca Friedman converses with Casey Steadman, Acting Director of The Wolfsonian-FIU, on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the institution continues to serve the community. Recorded 5/28/20.

    Matteo Fochessati, Wolfsoniana Study Center in Genoa

    WPHL Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Architecture David Rifkind converses with Matteo Fochessati, Curator at The Wolfsoniana Study Center in Genoa, on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the institution continues to serve the community. Recorded 6/4/20.

    Lissette Mendez, Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College

    Ana Menéndez, Director of the FIU Humanities Edge Program, converses with Lissette Mendez, Director of Programs at Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College, on responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the ways the institution continues to serve the community. Recorded 6/11/20.