Dr. Erica Farmer Delivers the 2014 James Smithson Fellowship Lecture
On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Dr. Erica Farmer, inaugural James Smithson Fellow at the Smithsonian delivered the First Annual James Smithson Fellowship Lecture. Over a hundred people packed into the Smithsonian Castle Commons to hear Dr. Farmer speak, after she was introduced by Smithsonian Secretary Dr. Wayne Clough.
Dr. Farmer discussed her research, which explores how cultural heritage is managed at the Smithsonian from both a scholarly and public policy perspective. She discussed the dynamics of informal and formal policy-making around cultural heritage at the Institution in the context of the missions, duties, and values of its various constituent elements. Going beyond current practice, she also considered the implications these issues might raise going forward for the Smithsonian’s broader societal mission and relationship to its various constituencies, particularly in relationship to leadership, advocacy, and expertise.