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About the Dialogue Series

The Dialogue Series is a museum-wide commitment to sustained inquiry about museum practice, access, and inclusion. Each annual series includes eminent speakers presenting innovative work happening across disciplines, panel discussions, and opportunities for open dialogue between local arts professionals and audiences.


Major support is provided by Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund.

About the 2020 Series

The MCA’s 2020 Dialogue Series asks what inheritance means in the public sphere.


Open Dialogue: On Historical Trauma with Britt Julious and Frank Waln

Wed, Feb 12, 6–7:15 pm
The Commons

Journalist Britt Julious and Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist Frank Waln lead an open conversation with audience participants on inherited trauma and how we can simultaneously look back and mindfully move forward.

Dialogue Forum: Not Your Parents’ Migration Story with Kiran Deol, Jordan Nassar, and Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Tue, Mar 10, 6–7:15 pm
Edlis Neeson Theater

This second program in the series considers generational experiences and migration stories. In this discussion we consider the psychological experience of migration across generations as a kind of inheritance that informs our lives and relationships in social contexts.

Open Dialogue: Generational Inequality and the Environment with Pope.L

Sun, Apr 19, 2–3:15 pm
Edlis Neeson Theatre

This final open conversation with visitors asks us to consider the environmental realities we are leaving for the next generation.