Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch To Speak at National Press Club Dec. 9

November 18, 2019
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Lonnie Bunch

Lonnie G. Bunch III, the newly appointed 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, will speak at the National Press Club as part of its Headliners speaker series Monday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. Bunch will be in conversation with Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, president of the National Press Club, to discuss his vision for the Smithsonian and his new book, A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump.

Bunch, who assumed the position of Secretary in June, oversees the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo. He was the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and previously held positions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and National Air and Space Museum.

Bunch will sign copies of A Fool’s Errand, which chronicles his experience creating a national museum that was a decade in the making. Preordered books will be available for pickup at the event. Attendees will also be able to purchase books at the door.

The event will be held in the club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant at 529 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C., and will include a light breakfast. Tickets cost $5 for members of the National Press Club, $10 for the general public and are available for purchase on the club’s website. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

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