Let’s Do Lunch

You read the books and The American Archivist articles—now let’s take that one step further. Get a sneak peek at new content and the chance to dive into a discussion on the literature with your colleagues during ARCHIVES 2015’s Brown Bag Lunches on Thursday, August 20, 12:15PM–1:30PM. Here’s what we’ll be talking about:

  • Greg Hunter, Editor of The American Archivist, will lead a discussion on “Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative” by Mario H. Ramirez, forthcoming in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of The American Archivist. Taking Mark Greene’s Fall/Winter 2013 American Archivist article “A Critique of Social Justice as an Archival Imperative: What Is It We’re Doing That’s All That Important?” as his point of departure, Ramirez poses a critique of assumptions of race prevalent in the archival profession and analyzes the resistance to the integration of social justice and the political.
  • Jeannette A. Bastian, Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, and Donna Webber will lead a discussion on their new SAA book Archives in Libraries: What Librarians and Archivists Need to Know to Work Together, which will be available in the SAA Bookstore in August. The focus will be on Chapter 1, “Finding Common Ground: Mission, Professional Roots, Identity, and Values.” As the authors note, this begins with the fundamentals: how archivists and librarians understand their own professions and professional identities; how those identities are expressed through the sense of mission within their professions and their institutions; and how they are promoted through education.

Reservations are required and participation is limited in order to facilitate a congenial atmosphere for discussion and engagement. Please email Anne Hartman at ahartman@archivists.org (in the subject line, indicate: “American Archivist Discussion Group” OR “Archives in Libraries Discussion Group”). Participation will be confirmed via email and the meeting room location provided along with a PDF of the reading material. So let’s do lunch!

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