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The Last Act

  • Martin Harwit

Abstract

When Heyman, on January 30, 1995, canceled the exhibition the museum had planned, he also publicly announced that a forum on the exhibition would be held later, in spring, at Ann Arbor. There, historians and museum scholars would be able to openly discuss the role of museums in the presentation of sensitive topics and debate the means by which such issues could best be aired. This broad, scholarly forum would attempt to discern the lessons taught by the Last Act controversy. Professor Homer Neal, vice president for research at the University of Michigan and a Smithsonian regent, had offered to host the forum at Ann Arbor, far away from the political pressures of Washington, so all aspects of the exhibition might be openly discussed.

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Smithsonian Institution General Counsel Congressional Hearing United States Code American Legion 
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Notes

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