what’s your truth?
When challenged with this question, my mind begins to flip through scenarios, or maybe dichotomies would be a better word. What is truth and what is not? Is it even that simple?
The annual TEDxUniversityofTulsa event took place on Friday and this year’s theme was Truth And Dare. Each speaker challenged the notion of “truth” and dared the audience to evaluate their own definitions of the word. Museum Science and Management student, Zachary Qualls challenged museums to ask the honest questions about our history. An important topic when looking at the recent trend to hide unpleasant strains in America’s past. Qualls gave a stirring personal narrative about his trip to North Carolina, where he visited important historical Cherokee sites with a Cherokee colleague. Qualls was dared to examine history from another group’s perspective, a dare that altered his perspective on museums and their role as gatekeepers of information.
Qualls finished by daring the audience to…”Let museums be an instrument for empathy. How have museums been instrumental in your life?
We will post the video as soon as it comes online! Thank you for challenging the audience to seek the truth, Zachary!