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James Early | Speaker
New York 2015 ISPA Congress

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James Early, Speaker at the New York 2015 ISPA Congress, January 13-15, 2015, Dynamic Leadership: Creating the Future. View the full Schedule of Events.

James EarlyJames Early | Speaker

James Counts Early has served in various positions at the Smithsonian since 1972, first as a researcher in Brazil and the Caribbean for the African Diaspora Folklife Festival. He has served as assistant provost for educational and cultural programs, assistant secretary for education and public service, and interim director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. A long-time advocate for cultural diversity and equity issues in national and international cultural and educational institutions, his applied research explores participatory museology, cultural democracy statecraft policy, capitalist and socialist discourses in cultural policy, and Afro-Latin politics, history, and cultural democracy. He curated several Folklife Festival programs including South Africa: Crafting the Economic Renaissance of the Rainbow Nation (1999) and Sacred Sounds: Belief and Society (1997). Education: B.A. in Spanish from Morehouse College and completed graduate work (A.B.D.) in Latin American and Caribbean history, with a minor in African and African American history, at Howard University.