In the not-too-distant past, museums and the arts were agents of hard power. Wards initially of royal courts and then nation states, museums were repositories of hard power—safeguarding the spoils of war and human conquest...KEEP READING
Canadian Professor Sarah Smith joins CPD this Spring
Professor Sarah E.K. Smith joins the USC Center on Public Diplomacy for the spring 2015 semester as the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy. She will pursue her research on the intersection of culture, economics and globalization, and teach in USC’s Master of Public Diplomacy program.
Professor Smith is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She holds a doctorate in Art History from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal in 2014.
Her current research project, Canada and the Americas: Examining Art, Canada-US Relations and Pan Americanism During the Twentieth Century, examines the role that art exhibitions and museums played in the drive for American hemispheric integration. Through examination of three U.S.-based institutions (a cultural centre, gallery and museum), she explores how exhibitions of visual art and arts institutions acted to structure new ways of understanding the Americas, and how national projects were managed under the transnational Pan American grouping.
For Smith’s full bio, click here.
To see a list of previous Canadian-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs in Public Diplomacy (among other Visiting Scholars), please click here.
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