We are incredibly excited to announce one of our keynote speakers as Louise Bernard, Obama Foundation. The keynote presentation will be followed by a panel discussion between Louise Bernard and Mary Ellen Messner, First Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Public Libraries. Moderator: Marie Østergård, Director of Aarhus Public Libraries.
Louise Bernard is the founding Director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center, Obama Foundation
She was formerly Director of Exhibitions at the New York Public Library. As a Senior Content Developer and Interpretive Planner in the New York office of the museum design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, she worked on the design team that developed the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, along with other international projects. She previously served as Curator of Prose and Drama for the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, and as Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University. She received a BA Hons in Drama from the University of Manchester, an MA in Theatre History and an MA in English Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale. Her current research engages with the literary archive, material culture, museology, public history, and interpretive planning and design. She is a scholarly advisor to the International African American Museum in Charleston, SC, and a Board member of the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association.
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