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Meet Joseph Henry
Kurin Meets Joseph Henry - (Re)Presenting America: The Evolution of Culturally Specific Museums A conversation between Joseph Henry, First Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. Dwane Starlin, enactor of Joseph Henry (director, Samuel Xavier Carnegie). The National Museum of the American Latino Commission's report recommending the establishment of a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino prompts debate concerning the value of "ethnic" or "culturally specific" museums. Thoughtful people ask whether the proliferation of museums dedicated to particular experiences or cultures contributes to the "balkanization" of the United States. Others observe that traditional museums have not represented our country's people and their achievements as fully as they should be. Ethnic/culturally specific museums, they note, provide different portals into what it means to be an American, and their programs provide depth and fullness of perspective, enriching our national narrative.