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Robert Leopold, Ph.D.

Consortium for World Cultures
Smithsonian Institution
SI Building (Castle), Suite 107
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20560

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I'm the director of the Consortium for World Cultures, a new Smithsonian initiative that promotes pan-institutional, interdisciplinary scholarship that enhances our knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity, creativity, and the evolution of humanity; inspires audiences to explore the cultural and artistic heritage of the world’s peoples; and cultivates appreciation for diversity through public programs and community engagement. I also serve as Senior Program Officer for History, Art and Culture, working with senior leadership, museum directors and staff to develop and implement the Smithsonian's strategic plans, national campaign, educational, web and digital strategy, and revenue and business policies.

I teach in the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University and serve on the Cultural Property Working Group and the Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct of the Society of American Archivists. Earlier, I served as director of the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives and occasionally posed as Brain Boy's real-life avatar.

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