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In June 2019, historian Lonnie G. Bunch III became the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, where he now oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, and numerous research centers. Prior to that, he was Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, creating the unprecedented and extremely successful new museum in the midst of a dramatically shifting political landscape. Join us as he discusses his life and career.
Lonnie G. Bunch III is Secretary of the Smithsonian and the author of A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump. David M. Rubenstein (moderator), co-founder and co-executive chairman of the Carlyle Group, is the author of The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians.
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024