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Recent Posts by Kevin Jennings

With Their Subject Matter in the Crosshairs, What Should Museums Do?

Category: Influence of Museums
My parents were part of the generation that fought and won World War II. As their children, it was common for us to ask them, “What did you do during the war?” We wanted to be reassured …

Why the Tenement Museum Launched a Podcast

Category: Education & Interpretation
Earlier this year, I gave the keynote speech at the annual conference of the Council of American Jewish Museums. The theme of the conference (as well as the prompt I received for my …

The Ever Evolving American Identity: a New Mission at The Tenement Museum

Category: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
What should a museum do when its subject matter becomes one of the most contested political issues of the day? This is the question I was quickly confronted with upon assuming leadership of …

Opening Session and Keynote Speaker Kevin Jennings

Category: 2018 Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
Kevin Jennings, president of the Tenement Museum and Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, shares how everyone's story is worth telling and reminds us that we're only a generation …