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2019 Fingerman Lecture Series: Kevin Gover

10/27/2019 / 1:30pm

“Why Americans Should Unlearn their History”

Kevin Gover, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

Americans have been taught a shallow and simple narrative of the history of Native Americans and the history of our country. Contemporary scholarship shows that a larger, richer, and more inclusive story is ours for the taking, yet that bigger and better story has not entered the popular consciousness. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves shape our approach to current issues. Shallow narratives are satisfying and allow us to feel good about our history as a nation, but they can cause our approach to contemporary issues to be uninformed and even misinformed. Gover’s lecture will implore us to fearlessly embrace the larger, messier, more complex truths of our history. For when we do, we find that the story of America is richer, more compelling, and more heroic than the history we imagined, providing valuable insights for our use as we become an ever more diverse nation.

This series is made possible through generous gifts by Louis and Lois Fingerman. View other lectures in the 2019 Fingerman Lecture Series.

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Location Information:
Levitt Auditorium

2019-10-27 13:30:00 2019-10-27 00:00:00 America/Chicago 2019 Fingerman Lecture Series: Kevin Gover “Why Americans Should Unlearn their History” Kevin Gover , Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Americans have been taught a shallow and simple narrative of the history of Native Americans and the history of our country. Contemporary scholarship shows that a larger, richer, and more inclusive story is ours for the taking, yet that bigger and better story has not entered the popular consciousness. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves shape our approach to current issues. Shallow narratives are satisfying and allow us to feel good about our history as a nation, but they can cause our approach to contemporary issues to be uninformed and even misinformed. Gover’s lecture will implore us to fearlessly embrace the larger, messier, more complex truths of our history. For when we do, we find that the story of America is richer, more compelling, and more heroic than the history we imagined, providing valuable insights for our use as we become an ever more diverse nation. This series is made possible through generous gifts by Louis and Lois Fingerman. View other lectures in the 2019 Fingerman Lecture Series . Make Reservations NEW!  Assisted listening devices are available upon request. Please inquire upon check-in. Levitt Auditorium

Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institute

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