Dr. Deborah Mack To Develop Interpretive and Educational Programs and ExhibitsCINCINNATI (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.
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
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.