Context for Change


Airdate: August 15, 2018

Kathryn Hill is president and CEO of the Levine Museum of the New South, whose exhibits and programming focus on life in the North Carolina Piedmont after the Civil War. Previously, Kathryn served as COO of the History Colorado Center and as a management consultant to more than two dozen other museum and cultural organizations around the country. Her work has included opening Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta, serving on the charter management team of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and creating visitor services programs at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, and Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. Kathryn earned a bachelor's degree in political science and government from Mount Holyoke College and was a Gates Family Foundation Fellow at Harvard University.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in leading a history museum in a time of technological and demographic change.  


  • Kathryn talks about how history builds community and how history should be told.

  • She discusses the particular challenges of telling the history of New South cities.

  • She considers whether the Levine Museum should be re-named a Charlotte center of community engagement and social justice.

  • Kathryn responds to whether the Levine Museum has a decidedly liberal point of view and social agenda.

  • She discusses what the Levine Museum initially got wrong in its 'K(no)w Justice, K(no)w Peace' exhibit and its new #ShapingCLT series.

  • Kathryn talks about her childhood, her time at Mount Holyoke College, and how she found her way to museum work.

  • She reflects on her work at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and at the History Colorado Center.

  • Kathryn shares what is the core work of her career and why it is important to her.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: A Turning Point

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  • What the New South mean to you?

  • How does history build community?

  • What is the core work of your career?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.