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Celebrating, Curating and Protecting Cultures
The Alumni Association’s BIPOC Advisory Council invites you to a virtual discussion about honoring and preserving cultures, featuring:
- Kevin Gover ’73, Under Secretary for Museums and Culture at the Smithsonian
- Michelle Wilkinson ’89, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture
Moderated by BIPOC Alumni Council member David Walters ’07, our panel will reflect on their experiences in shaping how we authentically explore and learn about cultural and artistic traditions.
Kevin Gover ’73
is the Under Secretary for Museums and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution. He served as director of the National Museum of the American Indian from 2007 until January 2021. A citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, he served as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1997 to 2000. After leaving office, Gover practiced law at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington and then joined the faculty of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2003. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of New Mexico.
Michelle Wilkinson ’89
is a curator at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she co-curated two inaugural exhibitions. In 2018, she served as lead organizer for the museum’s three-day symposium, “Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners, 1968 to Now.” In 2019-2020, Wilkinson was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Wilkinson’s interdisciplinary work spans literature, visual art and Black cultural studies. She holds B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. from Emory University.