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Anthropology and Appropriation: Where is the line? | Past Forward | American Experience | PBS

American Experience presents a virtual PAST FORWARD conversation exploring the intersection between studying and stealing culture, inspired in part by their streaming film ‘Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space.’

Our panelists will discuss the history of anthropology and culture, the power dynamics inherent in our cultural awareness, the damage done to marginalized cultures when the dominant culture adopts their practices, and the line between appreciating and appropriating culture.

Featured guests:

Eve Dunbar, Professor of English on the Jean Webster Chair at Vassar College.

Jonathan Square, Writer, historian, and curator of Afro-Diasporic fashion and visual culture.

This conversation will be moderated by Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History at Duke University.

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