This signature speaker series connects audiences with individuals of singular vision, intellect, courage, compassion, and historical and contemporary significance. The museum is grateful to Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, President Emerita of Brown University, President Emerita of Smith College, and former President of Prairie View A&M University, as well as a member of the NMAAHC National Council, for her generous endowment in support of this series.
The Simmons Talks is composed of moderated discussions with speakers who have been true innovators in their disciplines. They encourage reflection on the indelible impact of African American history and culture in the academy and the fields of art, business, science, literature, medicine, social justice, technology, and more. These leaders speak to the bold and challenging questions of historical issues and our present day. They will share their perspectives on their life’s work or pinnacle experiences, past and current challenges, and future aspirations.