Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, Ph.D.Associate Professor
Director of Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversity Program
Dr. Lewis-Harris' first occupations as an artist and teacher lead her to become a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. On her return to the United States she presented cultural enrichment programs in St. Louis, Missouri and Tucson, Arizona. Her residence in Arizona introduced her to several Arizona based Native American and Latino artists and their cultures. Working with these artists and others, she organized exhibits and art promotion. Resuming her travel overseas, Lewis-Harris and her family spent the next six years in Papua New Guinea, where she worked for the United Nations Development program and the national government. Her work in Papua New Guinea introduced her to art collecting, small business promotion and museum work. Part of her duties included the management of the national crafts export business, international promotion of Papua New Guinean art and culture, advising small hand craft industries and consultant work with the national museum.
Upon her return to St. Louis, she began her ten year career in museum work at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Her early work included the coordination of school programs and supervision of the museum instructors. She later became Assistant Curator for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. During this time she initiated several innovative community outreach programs, reinstalled galleries and curated over twelve exhibits. She has published numerous articles on Pacific, African American and African art and culture as well as the role of culture in educational methodologies. Her current position as Director for the Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity incorporates her numerous work experiences within overseas and local communities.
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Jacquelyn A. Lewis-Harris
Director of Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversity
Associate Professor, College of Education and Department of Anthropology
(314) 516-6023 Fax (314) 516-5348
Email: jalh @ umsl.edu
Current Research Projects
Primary: The role of indigenous culture and the arts in the development of 6th through 10th grade student’s identities and learning within education systems and extra-local communities.
Secondary: Effects of globalism upon the development of cultural identity formation; Pacific Island women’s contemporary art and identity construction; informal cultural education in the Pacific Islands populations.
2005 Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. “Anina Asi A Mavaru Kavamu” - We don’t dance for nothing Solien Besena Cultural Retention in Urban Australia.
1992 Master of Arts, Anthropology, Sepik River Art and Identity, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
1972 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Art History Minor from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana.
Awards and Honors
2013 Boeing Employees Grant for Connecting Human Origin and cultural Diversity program
2011 Missouri Campus Compact Grant
2010 University of Missouri-St. Louis Small Research Grant
2009 University of Missouri-St. Louis Small Research Grant
2008 Center for International Studies Fellow
University Service Award for my work in the university community
Faculty Online Development Institute grant
2007 New Faculty Teaching Scholar
2005 Center for International Studies Fellow and travel award
2003 Hyack Fund Travel Fellowship
2001 Ronald McDonald Foundation grant for the Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity
2000 Visiting Fellow, Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra Australia.
Missouri Arts Council Award for CHOCD school programs
1999 One of three national panel experts for America Creates for the Millennium.
Cultures of Oceania
Field Research Methodologies
Special Topics in Women’s Studies
Senior Anthropology Seminar Tutorial
Introduction to Visual Art
Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education
Teacher Action, Advocacy and Leadership
Independent Studies - graduate level
2012 Hilo, Hawai'i (5 months)
2011 Oahu, Hawai'i (3 weeks) interviewed artists, teachers and art administrators
2010 Oahu, Hawai’i (3 weeks) interviewed artists, teachers and art administrators
2009 Grenada, West Indies (3 weeks) interviewed artists and art administrators
2008 American Samoa and Hawaii (3 weeks) interviewed artists, art administrators and youth workers at the 10th Pacific Arts Festival and in Hawaiian and American Samoan schools.
2005 Senegal (4 weeks) interviewed African, European, and American contemporary artists in preparation for an exhibit
2004 Belau (three weeks) interviewed contemporary Pacific artists
2003 Australia/New Zealand (4 weeks) dissertation research
2000 New Caledonia (3 weeks) research on contemporary Pacific art
Australia (6 months) dissertation research
1996 Western Samoa (4 weeks) research on Pacific contemporary art
1995 Hawai’i (3 weeks) research on contemporary dance forms and identity
Samoa (3 weeks) research on contemporary and traditional textiles in Samoa
1994 Fiji (3 weeks) field research on contemporary Pacific art forms
1993 (3 weeks) Research and collection study in Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, and Hawai’i
1992 Cook Islands (3 weeks) research on contemporary Pacific art
Academic and Professional History
2010-2012 Project consultant, exhibit education materials for, Race-Are We So Different?
2008-2011 Curator and project consultant, Conjunctions: Ubjects, Subjects and Place Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, Illinois.
2008 Curator and judge Venus Envy 2008Invitational, St. Louis, Missouri.
Curator, Altogether; Contemporary Papua New Guinea Art, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
2007 Education consultant The Nanakuli-Honolulu Academy of Art Community Initiative, Honolulu and Nanakuli, Hawai’i.
2007-2008 Collections consultant for Hintz Collection of Pacific and Philippines Art, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
2005-2006 Consulting curator, Life in the Pacific of the 1700’s, The Cook/Forester Collection of the George August University of Gottingen. Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
2004-2005 Consulting curator, Tambacounda Dakar Geneva (TDG4) University of Missouri-St. Louis International Art Exchange, Tambacounda, Senegal.
2003-2007 Consulting curator, African Heritage Association art exhibits, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, Missouri.
2003 Pacific Arts Festival Advisor, Ministry of Culture, Government of Palau.
Curatorial and Educational consultant for African art exhibit, Shaped by the Spirit, African Art from St. Louis Collections, Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri.
2002-2007 Consulting curator for Pacific Island and African collections, Honolulu Academy of the Arts. Honolulu, Hawai’i.
2000-2003 Melanesian content and curatorial consultant for the Bower's Museum Oceanic exhibit and gallery reinstallation, Santa Anna, California.
1998- 2011 Assistant professor in Anthropology and the College of Education
Director, Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity (CHOCD), University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. (now Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversity)
1998- 2003 Curator, Anheuser-Busch Kings and Queens of Africa Collection, St. Louis, Missouri.
1994- 1998 Assistant Curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
Board member and American liaison, Vaka Moana - Ocean Roads Programme, UNESCO, Apia, Western Samoa.
Books, Articles and Chapters
Articles and Chapters
2011 Creating Papua New Guinean modernities in urban Australia: The role of informal education in cultural retention. In S. Dewey & K. Brison (Eds.), Super girls, gangstas, freeters, and xenomaniacs: Gender and modernity in global youth cultures. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press.
Soilen Besena Women Artists - Keeping the Culture In Oz. In A. Allen and D. Waite, (Eds.), The Pacific Arts Festival. Bathurst, Australia: Crawford House. (in press)
Dancing on the weekend - Culture schools in urban Australia, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific (online Australian journal)
2010 Educating publics: Beyond books and the classroom. In Anthropology News, Arlington: American Anthropological Association. (co-authored)
Producing inalienable objects in a global market: the Solien Besena in contemporary Australia. In E. Hermann (Ed.), Confluence and change in Oceania, transformations of cultural traditions in Oceania. Honolulu, Hawai’i: University of Hawai’i Press.
A reflection on encouraging critical thinking and empathy: Using So-TL to examine teaching effectiveness in a social justice graduate education class. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching.
Making sense in a chaotic place: Making peace in the multi-ethnic classroom. Race, Class and Gender Journal.
2009 The Center for human origin and cultural diversity: A catalyst for social justice and racial literacy. In R. Rogers, M. Mosley, & M. Kramer, (Eds.), Designing
socially just learning communities. New York, NY: Routledge.
Motu Koita Textiles of Papua New Guinea in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, London, United Kingdom.
2007 The center for human origin and cultural diversity addressing race through applied anthropology. Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers.
2005 Gender, Location and Tradition: A Comparison of Two Papua New Guinean contemporary artists. In P. Rosi, R. Welsch, and E. Venbrux (Eds.), Exploring world art. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland.
2004 Multicultural education techniques for pre-service education students: Social studies methods courses. International Journal of Learning. (50% authorship)
Not without a cost: PNG contemporary artists. Visual Anthropology Review.
Exhibition Catalogs and Essays
2010 Identity interactive, Papua New Guinea art. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom.
Art of Abraham Lincoln Walker. Schmidt Art Center, Southwest Illinois College, Belleville, Illinois.
2008 Altogether; Contemporary Papua New Guinea Art. Honolulu, HI: East West Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Art of Patricia Vivod. Schmidt Art Center, Southwest Illinois College, Belleville, Illinois.
2006 Exhibition catalog, Life in the pacific in the 1700’s. S. Little (Ed.) Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts. (I authored 95% of the entries.)
2003 Exhibit catalog, The Art of Solomon Thurman, Vaughn Cultural Center, St. Louis, Missouri.
2002 Exhibit catalog, Mak Bilong Ol. Nijmeegs Volkerkundig Museum, Nijmeegs, Netherlands.
1999 Exhibit catalog, The Art of Abraham L. Walker. Abraham Lincoln Walker Foundation, East St. Louis, Illinois.
Selected Professional Presentations and Invited Lectures
2011 Paper presentation, Educating the Public About Race; Reflections on the exhibit, Race- Are We So Different?, Central States Anthropological Society annual meeting, Iowa City, Iowa.
Paper presentation, Using SoTL to Encourage Empathetic Understanding In Graduate Students, The 11th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Paper presentation, Custom—then and now: Papua New Guinea Contemporary and Traditional Art, Midwest Art History Society, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
2010 Keynote speaker for the opening of the exhibit, “Race: Are We so Different?, 99.9% Thoughts on Race, Anthropology and Common Conceptions, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
Paper presentation, Festival of the Pacific Arts: Identity, Art and Politics in the Pacific, Central States Anthropological Society annual meeting, Madison, Wisconsin.
Invited panel presentation, From 6 to 60: How the Race Exhibit Evoked the Circulation of Educational Dialogue, American Anthropological Association annual meetings, New Orleans, Louisiana.
2009 Invited presentation, From Moresby to Melbourne, Big Island: Promoting Contemporary Pacific Art and Craft in Australia Symposium, Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies at Wollongong University, Wollongong, Australia.
Invited lecture, What’s Yours is Mine-contemporary art, appropriation and traditional copyright, Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, Illinois.
Paper presentation, Always Learning: Instructor Self-Reflection in Addressing Race and Gender in Teacher Education, the 6th International Conference on Teacher Education and Social Justice, Chicago, Illinois.
Paper presentation, Cleveland, Ohio Making Sense in a Chaotic Place: Helping Students Negotiate in “mono-cultural” Environments, the 3rd Crossing Over Symposium Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.
2008 Invited panel presentation, Creating PNG Modernities in Oz, American Anthropological Association annual meeting, San Francisco, California.
Invited lecture, Art of the Sepik River, Hearn Museum University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
2007 Invited lecture, Educating Curators and Collectors; Understanding Papua New Guinea Contemporary Art, Symposium, Papua New Guinean Art 1789 to 2007, De Young Museum, San Francisco, California.
Invited lecture, Australian Aboriginal Art and Sense of Place, Art and Soul series, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri.
Invited lecture, Women, Class and Power In the Workplace, YWCA Racial Justice Series, Harriet Tubman YWCA, St. Louis, Missouri.
Paper presentation, Creating Relevant Connections: The Nanakuli-Honolulu Academy of Art Community Initiative, National Association of Asian and Pacific American Education 29th conference, Honolulu Hawai’i.
2006 Discussant, Changing Contexts-Shifting Meanings: Transformations of Cultural Traditions in Oceania, Symposium, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Lecture and Panelist, Culture Preservation and Diversity, 2006 International Cultural Summit, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Lecture, Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity, Community panel on Race, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Missouri.
Lecture, Reading the Art of the Malangan, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
2005 Lecture, What is Race?” Human Origin and Diversity, Racial Justice Lecture Series, YWCA Metro St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri.
Guest lecture and panel presentation, The Interpretation of Native Cultures and Their Objects, Hawai’i Museums Association, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Guest lecture, African American art in the WPA era, St. Louis Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri.
2004 Paper presented, CHOCD and Pre-Service Teacher Training, International Literacy and Learning Conference, Havana Cuba.
Lecture on Pacific Arts, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Gallery talk, “Local Women and Exotic Places”, Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, Missouri.
Guest Lecture, Shaped by the Spirit-African Art in St. Louis Collections, Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri.
Guest Lecture, Rites of Passage-Africa and the Pacific, The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
Guest Lecture, Voices of the Ancestors-Africa and the Americas, The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
2003 Paper presented, Holding the Culture in Oz, Pacific Arts Association, Christchurch New Zealand.
Docent Pacific Arts training, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
West African Cultures Training, National Imaging and Mapping Agency, St. Louis, Missouri.
2002 Paper presented, Contemporary Papua New Guinea art, College Arts Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Anthropology Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Guest lecture, Contemporary Pacific Arts, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Cultural Diversity workshops, National Imaging and Mapping Agency, St. Louis, Missouri.
2001 Guest lecture, Tradition and Change, Art from Oceania, Museum of Art and Anthropology, Columbia, Missouri.
2000 Guest lecture, The Anheuser-Busch Kings and Queens of Africa Series, The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
1999 Guest lecture, Community and Museums, Pacific Island Museum Association, Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Panel member, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Vaughn Round Table, Vaughn Cultural Center and art gallery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Lecture, Art of the Papuan Gulf, Indiana University South East, New Harmony, Indiana.
1998 Guest lecture, Exhibiting Non-Western Art, Honolulu Academy of the
Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
2010 Contemporary African Artists in St. Louis. Belas Artes Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Art of Abraham Lincoln Walker, African American Self-taught artist. Schmidt Art Center, Southwest Illinois College, Bellville, Illinois.
2008 Altogether; Contemporary Papua New Guinea Art. East West Center Gallery, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
From West Africa to the Midwest a Journey of Space, Time, and Movement: the art of Ibiyinka O. Alao and Khalifa Ababacar Dieng. Belas Artes Gallery, St, Louis, Missouri.
Venus Envy 2008 Invitational. Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri.
2007 Aya, Art of Endurance; Regional African American Artists. St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis, Missouri.
2006 Masks, Rituals & Ceremonies throughout the World. Belas Artes Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Khalifa Dieng- Time Series. Gallery Visio, University of Missouri-St. Louis,
St. Louis, Missouri.
Creating a Culturally Rich Mosaic: Senegalese Contemporary Art. St. Louis Artist's Guild, St. Louis, Missouri.
Nu Arts and Gallery Visio Emerging Artists. Centene Center for the Arts, St. Louis, Missouri.
2005 Bridging the Waters, Africa to America. St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis. Missouri.
U.S. Africa Sister Cities Contemporary Art Exhibit. World Trade Center, Clayton, Missouri.
Nu Arts Gallery Visio: New Artists. Ferguson United Methodist Church, Ferguson, Missouri.
2004 Local Women and Exotic Place. Regional Arts Commission Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Shaped by the Spirit, African Art from St. Louis Collections. Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri.
2003 The Pacific Islands: Oceanic Galleries Reinstallation. Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
2002 Art on Call: 10 African American Artists. Gallery Visio, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri.
2001 Tradition and Change, Art from Oceania. Museum of Art and Archaeology, Columbia Missouri.
2010 Manuscript reviews, Art Monthly Australia.
Consulting editor, Social Studies and the Young Learner, a journal of the National Council for Social Studies.
2009 Manuscript reviews, International Journal of Multicultural Education
2007 Manuscrpt review of book, Monarchs, Monuments, and Museums: Public Art, National Culture, and the Reign of King Kalakaua in Late Nineteenth-Century Hawai`i", University of Hawai’i Press.
2006 Cultural Diversity Consultant to the Regional Art Commission.
Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research, member.
Education Committee of the St. Louis Refugee and Migrant Consortium, member.
Manuscript review of book,"Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea", Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth College.
2005- 2010 Special School District, Cultural Diversity Advisory Board member, Ladue, Missouri.
2005-2006 Planning committee Association of African American Museums conference, St. Louis, Missouri.
2004 Community Advisory Committee Captive Passages exhibit, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Missouri.
Planning committee “Rites of Passage Program” St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
2004-2005 Advisory Board for the St. Louis TDG4 International Art Exchange
2003 Community Advisory committee, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis exhibit,
A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad.
2000-2007 Board member, African Heritage Association St. Louis, Missouri.
1998-1999 Award panel member for Regional Arts Council, St. Louis, Missouri.
Award panel member for Missouri Arts Council Festival awards, St. Louis, Missouri.
1998-2000 Member of the Missouri State Arts Foundation Task Force.
Member of the Missouri State Standards curriculum committee for fine arts standards grades k-12, St. Louis, Missouri.
1998-1999 Reviewer for National Leadership grants program, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington D.C.
1997-1998 Award panel member for Missouri Arts Council, various panels, St. Louis, Missouri.
1995-1998 Africana Committee, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
Cultural Diversity Committee, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
Professional Activities & Memberships
2009-present Board member Midwest Art History Society
Board member and education advisor, City of Ferguson’s People Reaching Out for Unity Diversity (PROUD)
2008-2010 Anthropology in Education Committee, American Anthropological Association
Facilitator: Give Respect - Get Respect Youth Program of the Diversity Awareness Partnership
2008- present American liaison for the Pacific Arts Alliance
2006- present Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research, member
2004-2005 Advisory Board for the St. Louis TDG4 International Art Exchange. (curatorial and cultural advisor)
2003-2007 Board member and consulting curator, St. Louis African Heritage festival and the St. Louis Artist’s Guild Contemporary African Diaspora art exhibits, Clayton, Missouri,
Midwest Art History Society 2009- present
Central States Anthropological Society 2008- present
American Educational Research Association, 2008 –2009
American Anthropological Association, 2006 – present
Pacific Arts Association, 1997 - present