In this online presentation, Dr. Crystal Moten explores the problems and possibilities of curating business history exhibitions that focus on the entrepreneurial contributions of Black women. Using the example of an exhibit she curated at a national history museum, Moten shares her insights into finding, interpreting, and amplifying intersectional business history for public audiences.


About the Speaker

A south-side Chicago native, Dr. Crystal M. Moten is a public historian, curator, and writer who focuses on the intersection of race, class, and gender to uncover the hidden histories of Black people in the Midwest.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, her research has appeared in books, journals, documentaries, and other media. Moten has taught at colleges and universities across the country, and prior to joining the Obama Foundation as the inaugural Curator of Collections of Exhibitions, she worked as Curator of African American History in the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Her most recent book is Continually Working: Black Women, Community Intellectualism and Economic Justice in Postwar Milwaukee (Vanderbilt University Press, 2023).

The History and Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship in the United States speaker series provides the Keller Center community an opportunity to learn about the role of Black entrepreneurs in the growth and success of our country from the country’s most prominent academic scholars, researchers, and historians.

This speaker series is moderated by Ihsan Beezer and Keith Hollingsworth.

Who can attend?

Open to the public, the campus community, students, graduate students, undergraduates, postdocs, research scholars, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Registration is required.