Morris Vogel


Morris J. Vogel has been president of New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum since 2008. He trained as an American social and urban historian at Brandeis University (B.A. 1967) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1974), before joining the faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia in 1973, where he was promoted to professor in 1985. He served in a number of leadership roles within Temple’s College of Liberal Arts, acting as dean of the College from 1999 through 2003. He subsequently directed the Rockefeller Foundation’s Creativity and Culture Program. Vogel is the author or editor of six books in American social and cultural history, including The Invention of the Modern Hospital and Cultural Connections. He co-founded and directed the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. While a Pennsylvanian, Vogel served on the Commonwealth’s Historic Preservation Board.

Vogel was born in Kazakhstan, where his mother and father were stateless refugees. He and his wife Ruth—a clinical psychologist—live in Manhattan; they have two adult sons.

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Monica O. Montgomery


Monica O. Montgomery is an international keynote, graduate professor, museum director and cultural entrepreneur, curating media and museums to be in service to society. As a sought after public speaker and coach for executives and career changers, she frequently trains leaders and partners with universities and museums to facilitate diversity, leadership pipelines, equity & inclusion initiatives.

She is the founding director of Museum of Impact, the world’s first mobile social justice museum inspiring action at the intersection of art, activism, self and society. Monica is the Strategic Director of Museum Hue, a multicultural platform championing diversity and people of color, in arts, culture museums and creative economy.

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