Public Plenary

Friday, April 21, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Westin Indianapolis -Grand IV
Tickets – FREE and open to the public

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Awards Breakfast and Keynote address

Saturday, April 22, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The Westin Indianapolis-Grand IV
Tickets – $20
Keynote Speaker: Devon Akmon, Arab American National Museum

The Awards Breakfast and Keynote Address is a great chance to connect with colleagues and new contacts. It is also the moment to celebrate the best in public history! There will be ample time to chat during breakfast before awards are presented for some of the most innovative work and admirable accomplishments in the profession today. Then sit back and enjoy the keynote presentation “Telling Our Story: Using History and Culture to Build Community” by Devon Akmon, director of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Founded in May 2005, the Arab American National Museum (AANM) is our nation’s first and only museum dedicated to documenting, preserving, and celebrating Arab American history and culture. By bringing the voices and stories of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences, the AANM works to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions while building greater community cohesion among Arab Americans. In this keynote presentation, Devon Akmon—director of the
AANM—will share the museum’s process for engaging marginalized and underrepresented communities through public history initiatives, particularly in the face of geopolitical changes and conflict in the Arab world, and the resulting implications for Arabs and Arab Americans in the United States.

The awards event and talk by Akmon are open to all conference registrants, though a ticket is required for the breakfast meal. Attendees without tickets will be admitted after the meal has begun and are welcome to sit anywhere.

To add the Awards Breakfast to your current registration, simply log in here, select the My Events option from the menu bar, and click Add Sessions.


Sponsored by Canada’s History. Awards program sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University.