An image of a proclamation called Landis Day with the signature of Easton Mayor Sal Panto at the bottomBrief presentations will be followed by discussion of how community-based archives can further diversity, inclusion, and community-involvement goals at noon Wednesday via Zoom.

Cultural institutions. including academic libraries, seek to have collections representing the diversity of people living in the surrounding area. Community-based archives build such collections by assembling oral histories, video, cultural artifacts, and ephemera. Charlotte Nunes, director of digital scholarship services at the libraries, will discuss how Skillman Library continues to develop such an archive. Abu Rizvi, professor of economics, will show how his FYS, “Making Change Democratically,” engages students in working with the oral histories in one of these digital archives to develop policy briefs addressing issues relevant to the Black population in Bethlehem, Pa.

The event is sponsored by the Landis Center, CITLS, FYS, and Lafayette libraries.

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