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    Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Lecture Held

    Lonnie Bunch III, the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, presented The Gail and Francis Slattery Center’s Inaugural Sondra and Morey Myers Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Lecture on Nov. 18. At a reception in the Slattery Center following the lecture are, from left: David J. Dzurec, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of History and interim executive director of the Slattery Center for the Humanities; Sondra and Morey Myers, J.D.; Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and faculty director of the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Humanities; and Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
    November 22, 2021

    The University of Scranton held the Inaugural Sondra and Morey Myers Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Lecture, presented by The Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Humanities on Nov. 18. Lonnie Bunch III, the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, presented “The Humanities, Democracy and Race” at lecture in a virtual format. A reception immediately followed the talk at the Slattery Center on campus.

    Lecture namesakes, Sondra and Morey Myers, J.D., are esteemed community leaders whose work has encouraged and enriched the practice of community engagement here in Scranton and nationally. Sondra Myers serves as senior fellow for international, civic and cultural projects and director of the Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton. The Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in Humanities and Civic Engagement serves to commemorate their commitment to the humanities.

    Secretary Bunch is an American educator, curator and historian whose scholarly works cover a wide range of topics from diversity in museum management to the impact of politics on museum funding. He is the Smithsonian Institution’s first Black secretary and the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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