In collaboration with the AAM Education Committee Professional Network (EdCom) and #MuseumEdChat on Twitter.


An EdComVersation Online Discussion

Museums Respond to the Presidential Election

Thursday, January 19, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

The result of any US presidential election is always met with mixed reaction and opinion on candidates, policy, process and direction. But the recent election also reflects a widening divide in the viewpoints, aspirations, beliefs and values among Americans, and people around the globe. How are US museums, museum educators and other colleagues dealing with the election results? What does it mean for museums and our evolving role in society? Join EdCom and your peers for a lively online talk-show discussion as we tackle these questions and more. A concurrent conversation will take place 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, and subsequent conversation 9:00-10:00 p.m. on Twitter #MuseumEdChat.

How Will I Benefit?  

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to: 
  • Consider the perspective of issues from leading colleagues in the field 
  • Participate in discussion relevant to museum educators 
  • Explore opportunities to foster the social relevance and public dimension role of museums 

Who Should Attend  

Museum practitioners from all disciplines within the museum field.  


  • Nina Simon, executive director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA 
  • Will Walker, co-editor, History@Work, National Council on Public History, Cooperstown, NY 


  • Megan Wood, director of museum and library services, Ohio History Center-Ohio History Connection (and secretary, EdCom) 


This program is free for all attendees but pre-registration is required.     

Register Now

You will receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours. Access instructions will be sent via email closer to the live event.

Join the Conversation on Twitter

The dialogue will be held concurrently from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on Twitter at #MuseumEdChat, hosted by Claudia Ocello @museumptnrs. The conversation will continue that evening from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET, hosted by Sarah Erdman @cabinetofcurios. All participants from the AAM EdComVersation are encouraged to join and continue the conversation. On Twitter: @AAMers, @AAM_EdCom, #MuseumEdChat, @museumptnrs, @cabinetofcurios

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.

About EdComVersations

EdCom hosts EdComVersations every third Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m. (PT). These online, talk-show-style discussions cover timely, relevant topics from the museum community and encourage dialogue, networking, and collaborative idea generation.

About EdCom

The American Alliance of Museums Education Professional Network (EdCom) advances the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serves as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators and promotes professional standards and excellence in the best and next practice of museum education.