POSTPONED - Why It Matters: Lonnie Bunch in conversation with Karen R. Lawrence and Robert C. Davidson, Jr.

Tue., Jun. 1, 2021
10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Huntington Zoom event (PST)
Event Notes: 
Free with reservation
Add to Calendar 06/01/2021 10:00 AM 06/01/2021 11:00 AM America/Los_Angeles Why It Matters: Lonnie Bunch in conversation with Karen R. Lawrence and Robert C. Davidson, Jr. Visit page - The Huntington - Huntington Zoom event (PST)

Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, joins Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence and Huntington Governor Robert C. Davidson, Jr. in a conversation about why museums and collecting institutions matter, what they have to offer to contemporary social and racial justice movements, and what it means to lead a museum in the current moment.

Celebrating The Huntington's unparalleled opportunities for cross-disciplinary exploration of human culture and history, the Why It Matters series features Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence in conversation with distinguished guests about the enduring relevance of the sciences and humanities.

The event will be held online via Zoom at 10 a.m. PST. Zoom link will be sent to attendees in registration confirmation email.


Historian, author, curator, and educator Lonnie G. Bunch III was appointed in June 2019 as the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Bunch was the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

As a public historian, a scholar who brings history to the people, Dr. Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field and is one of the nation's leading figures in the historical and museum community. Dr. Bunch is a prolific and widely published author who has written on slavery, the Black military experience, the American presidency, diversity in museum management, and the impact of funding and politics on American museums.

Robert C. Davidson, Jr. is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Surface Protection Industries, which he founded in 1977 and went on to become one of the largest African American-owned manufacturing companies in California. A member of The Huntington's Board of Governors, Davidson has served on numerous private and nonprofit boards and lives in Pasadena with his wife, Faye, and their three sons.