Maxwell Museum exhibit explores gun violence

The DailyLobo, August 22, 2018

"Gun Violence, a Brief Cultural History is an exhibit on display at the University of New Mexico’s Maxwell Museum that focuses on the history and culture surrounding gun violence in the U.S.during the 21st century, said David Phillips, the Interim Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.

Like any social issue, gun violence has a cultural history behind it. Phillips said gun violence directly impacts university campuses across the country and it is important that UNM has an open dialogue surrounding gun violence. 

“If we don't (do) something about this, we would be sticking our heads in the sand. (The Maxwell Museum) is the logical place to have this exhibit and conversation,” Philips said. 

Phillips partnered with the Maxwell Curator of Exhibits, Devorah Romanek, to create this exhibit. According to Romanek this exhibit is part of her ongoing project called “Current Issues in Anthropology.” This series focuses on a variety of current anthropological issues that impact visitors in their day to day lives, Romanek said. 

“David and I wanted to show that gun violence has been present in the world for a long time and let other people speak — by using quotations,” Romanek said. “The focus was on the United States, because David and I thought that would be most relevant, but examples were pulled from elsewhere in the world as well.”"

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