Smithsonian Voices

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Shannen Hill

Dr. Shannen Hill is an independent scholar and curator who oversees select projects and programs for the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She authored Biko’s Ghost: The Iconography of Black Consciousness (2015 University of Minnesota Press) and curated Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art (2017 Baltimore Museum of Art) and The Art of African Ivory (2018 Queens University). A Smithsonian Senior Fellowship (2016-17) lent support to her next book, Art & Ore | South African Mining History in Twenty Acts.

Understanding the Power of Primary Sources through Home, Hand, and Heart

Primary sources provide learners of all ages with opportunities for deep engagement. Staff from across the Smithsonian share memorable moments in their work that have helped audiences activate their senses, make deep connections to people of the past and see their own home in new ways.