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Dr. Deborah L. Mack PH.D.

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Associate Director Community and ...

Phone: (202) ***-****  
Email: m***@***.edu
Local Address:  Washington , District of Columbia , United States
Smithsonian Institution
Museum Support Center 4210 Silver Hill Rd.
Suitland , Maryland 20746
United States

Company Description: The Smithsonian Institution -- the world's largest museum and research complex -- includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total...   more

Employment History

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  • B.A. , geography
    University of Chicago
  • Ph.D.
    Northwestern University
  • M.A. , anthropology
    Northwestern University
  • doctoral degree
    Northwestern University
  • bachelor's degree
    University of Chicago
  • bachelor's degree Degree
    University of Chicago
  • master's Degree
    Northwestern University
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Scholarly Advisory Committee | About | National Museum of African American History and Culture, 12 Aug 2015 [cached]
Dr. Deborah L. Mack (Served 2005-2011) Dr. Deborah L. Mack is the Associate Director for Community and Constituent Services at the National African American Museum of History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. She serves as the principal executive responsible for overall planning, management and coordination of community services programs and international activities, with functions that include building relationships, outreach, training, and technical support for African American communities; programs with international organizations; collaborative projects with other institutions, museums and agencies; and support of alliances and collaborations with cultural service institutions. From 2000 to 2012 she was an independent museum consultant consulting extensively on museum organizational planning and strategic planning, on interpretive and exhibition development, and on cultural and heritage tourism with organizations nationwide and internationally.
Appointed a Commissioner for the Gullah-Geechee National Heritage Commission, Department of the Interior (National Park Service, 2007 â€" 2010), Mack served beginning in 2005 on the Scholarly Advisory Committee for the planned National African American Museum of History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. Mack has conducted museum collections, film production and anthropological research - primarily in Africa and the U.S. - for more than 20 years. She has similarly independently developed, led and lectured for heritage tourism programs in both the U.S. and in Africa.
A Fulbright Senior Specialist in 2010, Mack is an active member of several professional organizations, among them the Association of American Museums (AAM); Association of African American Museums (AAAM); AFRICOM (International Council of African Museums); ICOM; the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience; the Association for State and Local History (AASLH); NAME (National Association for Museum Exhibition;) the Southeast Museums Conference (SEMC). Mack served two three-year terms on the advisory Smithsonian Council from 1999 - 2005. She has served the Association of African American Museums, as consultant, nominating committee chair, conference program committee member, as Program Chair for the AAAM 2009 annual conference and currently as a board member again, through 2013. She presently serves on the AAAM board by-laws committee, chairs the redefined Governance Committee that leads the restructuring process for AAAM board oversight, accountability and planning of the forthcoming AAAM strategic planning process. Mack also serves as the AAAM board liaison for the development of a memorandum of understanding with the Africa â€" U.S. Partnership group, in which AAAM is a leading member along with AFRICOM (International Council of African Museums), IMLS, AAM, Michigan State University and the Smithsonian Institution. Mack has served on the 2011, 2012 and 2013 National Program Committee for the Association of American Museums annual national conference, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Public History, and as a peer and field reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She is an associate member of The Museum Group ( - an association of senior museum consultants.
Deborah L. Mack holds a Ph.D. and an M.A., both in anthropology from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in geography from the University of Chicago.
Emails may be sent to AAAM ... [cached]
Emails may be sent to AAAM Vice President Deborah Mack at
Welcoming Dr. Deborah Mack | Blog | National Museum of African American History and Culture, 7 May 2012 [cached]
We would like to take the time to welcome one of our newest employees to the National Museum of African American History and Culture: Dr. Deborah L. Mack. Deborah now serves as the Associate Director for Community and Constituent Services. As a previous member of our museum’s Scholarly Advisory Committee, Deborah has been entrenched in the development of the museum as well as the Smithsonian Institution for 20 years and counting. “It is such a privilege to work with such a great team. This is a lifetime opportunity to work on a project of this significance to the world,� says Deborah.
Deborah continues to support her words through her many dedicated actions. Some of those actions include Deborah’s involvement with the initial series of meetings that jump started the establishment of the newest Smithsonian museum. A prolific writer, Deborah has authored a report on the community collections acquired by the museum. Having served on the selection committee for the founding director of the museum, Lonnie G. Bunch, Deborah has been engaged early on in the advising process for the museum altogether.
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9/22/1998, 22 Sept 1998 [cached]
Dr. Deborah Mack To Develop Interpretive and Educational Programs and Exhibits
CINCINNATI (September 22, 1998) --The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has appointed Dr. Deborah L. Mack as director of public programs.Mack joins the Freedom Center from Northwestern University, where she was research associate and curator at the Program of African Studies for three years.
As programming director, Mack will conceive, plan and implement all of the Freedom Centers interpretive and educational programs, including school curriculum, public programs, publications, exhibitions and related special events.She will also direct the Freedom Centers historic preservation collaborations, outreach efforts and museum collections.Many of the programs will focus on racial and ethnic reconciliation, and how todays international freedom struggles parallel those of the Underground Railroad, a loose system of cooperation among enslaved and free African Americans, sympathetic whites and Native Americans to help enslaved African Americans escape their bonds before 1861.
"Deborah Mack has a strong background in museum programming and African-American culture, including hands-on experience in planning and executing exhibits and educational curricula, which will be an integral part of the Freedom Center," said Ed Rigaud, president and CEO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Mack brings with her ten years of experience in developing public programs, exhibits, curricula and publications for several well-known cultural institutions in the U.S. and abroad.At Northwestern University, she recently curated a multi-media exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Program of African Studies, the first in the United States.Her responsibilities included fund raising, development, programming, creating the exhibition catalogue, and organizing an affiliated international conference.
Prior to working with Northwestern, Mack was the project director for Chicagos Field Museums AFRICA exhibit, a major exhibit on the biology, cultures and environments of Africa.Mack has also taught anthropology at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., and at Northwestern University.
Mack has consulted extensively on museum, academic and cultural tourism issues with organizations nationwide and internationally, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York; the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington; the Chicago Historical Society; the Illinois State Board of Education; the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M.; the National Museum of American History; and internationally, UNESCO in Paris; Musee Historique de Goree in Senegal; the Palace Museum in Camaroon; and Organization Mundo Afro in Uruguay.
She is an active member in numerous professional and academic organizations including the African American Association of Museums, African Studies Association, American Anthropological Association, Association of American Museums, and the International Committee on Museums.
Mack holds a Ph.D. and an M.A., both in anthropology from Northwestern University, and a bachelors degree in geography from the University of Chicago.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History News, 19 Feb 2001 [cached]
will be presented by Dr. Deborah Mack, current Director of Public Programs for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.The lecture is $8 for members and students and $12 for nonmembers.The exhibit will be open from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for preview by program attendees.Call (412) 622-3288, option 4 for tickets.
Dr. Mack served as academic consultant to the exhibit AFRICA: One Continent.Many Worlds..She was also project director and senior developer of the permanent Africa exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History.An experienced anthropologist, Mack specializes in cultural anthropology and ethnography, African culture and history, and politics of the Horn of Africa.She has served as a consultant to various cultural institutions in the Chicago area, including the Brookfield Zoo, the Chicago Historical Society and the Museum of Science and Industry.She also has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Center for Folklife Program in Washington, D.C., the University of Khartoum in Sudan and the National Museum in Sudan.In addition, she served as a consultant on Nubian ethnography and material culture to the Nubian Cultural Center in Aswan, Egypt.
AFRICA: One Continent.Many Worlds., a traveling adaptation of The Field Museum's permanent Africa exhibit, is finishing a five-year, 16-city tour of science and natural history museums throughout the U.S.The traveling exhibition premiered in 1996.
The exhibit offers a deeper understanding of the world's second largest continent and its peoples from historical and contemporary perspectives.Through hands-on activities, multimedia presentations, and one of the world's finest collections of African artifacts, the exhibit demonstrates the enormous diversity of African geography, societies and civilizations.
This exhibit and its national tour are made possible by Ford Motor Company and TIME Magazine.
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