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Purdue University president France Cordova was installed Monday as chairwoman of the Smithsonian Institution’s governing board as the museum complex expands with the coming construction of a new black history museum and amid calls for another focused on Latino-American heritage.
As Ms. Cordova begins her three-year term, she will maintain her post at the Indiana university. She will lead oversight and support fundraising for the world’s largest group of museums and research centers. Ms. Cordova is an astrophysicist and previously held posts in the University of California system and was chief scientist at NASA.
At a briefing Monday after the board met, Ms. Cordova said the Smithsonian regents would increasingly focus on fundraising and are excited about both the black history museum and the potential for a Latino museum.
“Those are clearly challenges,” she said. “They’re more well-defined challenges. It’s the ones that aren’t that really take a lot of thinking and strategizing.”
While it builds new museums, the Smithsonian also must upgrade and maintain its existing facilities.
On Monday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden also addressed the Smithsonian board for the first time at one of its regular meetings to underscore the importance of building the black history museum, Smithsonian officials said. His remarks were not open to reporters.
In February, construction is set to begin on the museum, the first addition to the National Mall since the 2004 opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. A ceremonial groundbreaking has been set for Feb. 22 for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, while fundraising continues for the project.
Springsteen to play New Orleans Jazz Fest
“The Boss” has been added to this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform April 29. It’ll be Mr. Springsteen’s first Jazz Fest appearance since 2006, when he took the stage with his Seeger Sessions project less than a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.
Eddie Vedder and rapper Mystikal also have been added to the lineup. They join a previously announced roster that includes the Eagles, a reunion of the Beach Boys, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band and John Mayer, the Neville Brothers, Al Green, and My Morning Jacket.
Hundreds of acts will perform on roughly a dozen stages over two weekends from April 27 through May 6.
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