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Ethics of the Dead: Remains in Museums

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August 8+ 11, 6-8pm ET

Julia Olson

This course will invite participants to think like museum curators. Students will be introduced to key issues including the ethics of displaying human remains in museums, repatriation, and the colonialist history of collecting remains. Students will also consider the location of the remains. Is displaying remains in an art museum different than displaying them in a science museum or natural history museum? What are the implications of keeping remains on display? Of removing them?

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Julia Olson is a PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible at HUC-JIR. She specializes in the use of rhetoric in history writing, with special emphasis biblical and Assyrian texts. She recently finished a fellowship at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she worked on the reinstallation of the ancient Middle East gallery.