Jennifer Scott will discuss the role of monuments and memorials in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Scott is co-chair of Chicago’s new citywide Memorials and Monuments Advisory Committee, launched in August which “will grapple with the often unacknowledged – or forgotten – history associated with the City’s various municipal art collections, and will provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history, confront the ways in which that history has and has not been memorialized, and develop a framework for marking public space that elevates new ways to memorialize Chicago’s true and complete history.”
Jennifer Scott is an anthropologist, curator and public historian, whose work explores connections between museums, arts, place and social justice. She most recently served as Director and Chief Curator of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, leading the exhibitions, community engagement efforts and overall vision of the Museum for nearly six years. In 2019, the Museum was recognized with the Award for Excellence in Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice by the Association of Midwest Museums. Previously, Jennifer served as vice director and director of research at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, a historic site that memorializes a Free Black independent community in 19thcentury New York. Jennifer is a Board Member for the National Association for Museum Exhibition and Vice-President for the Association of Midwest Museums. A civic leader in Chicago, she was appointed in 2020 by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, to serve on the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council, and she was recently appointed co-chair of Chicago’s new Monuments and Memorials Committee. Jennifer serves as faculty at The New School in New York. She researches, writes and lectures locally and internationally on arts and social change, the role of public memory, social relevancy and innovative strategies for museums, arts and cultural centers.