Archives Unmasked: A Conversation on Facemasks and Culture

Join Special Collections & University Archives for a presentation and discussion about the historic and contemporary culture around wearing face masks. We will start with a brief introduction to the history of face mask usage during pandemics as demonstrated through archival images. Then we'll move into a facilitated conversation that explores how face masks may be viewed as cultural objects.

This event does not question the very real utility or necessity of face masks. Rather, we seek to start a conversation on how the use and cultural value of face masks has evolved through time and space. Face masks today are not only objects for public safety and health, but can also be seen as symbols of resistance and individuality, especially in light of important social movements like Black Lives Matters.

This event is open to anyone, including UCR students, staff, faculty, and community members. Please note this is a participatory event, we hope you will share your thoughts and experiences and add your voice to this dynamic conversation!

"Archives Unmasked" is the first installation of the Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) Fall 2020 Series. Stay tuned for more upcoming events and programs.

Wednesday, October 14 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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