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Our friends at the September 11 Memorial Museum host a meaningful collaboration between our two institutions, Never Again or Not on Our Watch? Memorial Museums and the Challenge of Current Events.
Memorial Museums emerged in response to traumatic events, particularly those involving mass murder carried out on an unprecedented scale or by previously unimaginable means. Meant to commemorate, educate, and activate empathy to forestall similar atrocities in the future, memorial museums attest to the history of specific events and the individuality of those affected. Yet, current events have challenged memorial museums: should they remain solely focused on the particularity of their subject matter or should they use their moral authority to address contemporary tragedies? 9/11 Memorial & Museum President and CEO Alice M. Greenwald is joined by President and CEO of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Kari Watkins to discuss this ongoing challenge and reflect on their tenures as chief executives of these institutions.