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Holmgren, Meredith

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Meredith Holmgren serves as Curator of American Women's Music at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Her research interests include intangible cultural heritage, ethnomusicology, women’s history, and cultural policy. Before serving in her current role, she worked for six years as program manager for education and cultural sustainability initiatives at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the US national museum. From 2013 to 2016, she led the Smithsonian's first pan-institutional project on intangible cultural heritage and spearheaded the nomination process for inscribing the Moses and Frances Asch Collection on UNESCO’s Memory of the World International Register. She holds several professional service positions within the Smithsonian, including on the curatorial committee of the American Women's History Initiative, the executive committee of Smithsonian Music, and as chair of the Institutional Review Board. Externally, she has served as a two-term executive committee member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies and the East-West Center's Asia Pacific Leadership Alumni Association. Before joining the Smithsonian, Drs. Holmgren resided in three foreign countries and five U.S. states, completing her education in California, Hawai’i, Wisconsin, Indonesia, Denmark, and the Netherlands. In previous capacities, she has worked with the International Institute for Asian Studies, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Council for Traditional Music, Freemuse, and UCLA's Center for Intercultural Performance. She holds an M.Phil. in Asian Studies (Leiden University), an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology (Leiden University), a PGCert. in Asia-Pacific Leadership (East-West Center/University of Hawai’i at Mānoa), and a B.A. in Ethnomusicology (UCLA).

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