Past Events

Conference: Hide/Seek: Museum Ethics and the Press

April 9, 2011

The Institute of Museum Ethics in partnership with the Institute for Ethical Leadership of Rutgers Business School held a conference on Museums, Ethics, and the Press in Newark, New Jersey on April 9, 2011. The conference explored the recent controversy surrounding the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” examining the various points at which decisions with ethical implications were made, looking at the impact of the media (print and electronic) on the controversy, and discussing if such instances of disagreement can become opportunities for constructive discourse.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Conversation regarding Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, featuring

Daniel Okrent, moderator;

panelists include:

Martin Sullivan – Director, National Portrait Gallery
Lee Rosenbaum – CultureGrrl
W. King Mott – Department of Political Science, Seton Hall University
Rev. Gregory Waldrop, SJ – Department of Art History and Music, Fordham University
Abe Zakhem – Department of Philosophy, Seton Hall University

AM Session Video

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Afternoon Panel: Hide/Seek in Context

James Abruzzo, co-founder, Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers University-Newark, moderator

Rachelle V. Browne, Smithsonian Institution – “Moral Rights, Free Expression and Money: Predictable Ingredients for an Ethical Controversy?”

Teresa Koncick, Florida State University – “For Mature Minds: Hide/Seek, Censorship, and the First Amendment Erosions of Rust v Sullivan”

Lysa Hochroth, Université de Poitiers, France, “Hide/Seek: An International Perspective”

PM Session Video




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