I’m going to interview Abraham Lincoln. You can help.
February 25-26 is the 5th annual Museums Advocacy Day. This year the Alliance is offering a free virtual conference so you can take part even if you can’t get to D.C. for the live program and Congressional visits. I’m orchestrating a couple of futures-oriented events—two with components for the virtual audience , and one just for advocates who are coming to Washington. Here’s the rundown:
Monday, February 25
Keynote Address: Museums andare the Future of Education
12:45 – 1:45 pm EST
In which I share the signals I think herald a new era of education in the U.S. We are on the brink of transformational change, and when we emerge from a turbulent period of transition, our educational system may be premised on the kind of self-directed, experience-based learning at which museums excel. Join me for a tour of the forces driving this change, and a brief glimpse of some possible futures. There will be opportunities for the virtual audience to weigh in–I look forward to seeing your thoughts online.
If you are in DC that evening, I hope you join me for a networking dinner(Dutch treat) at Jardinea in the Melrose Hotel. I’d love to continue the keynote discussion of the future of education, any other CFM projects or the future in general. Sign up for the dinner at registration on Monday morning
Tuesday, February 26
A Tweetchat with President Lincoln 1:00 – 1:45 pm EST
Fritz Katz, who portrays President Lincoln for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois., is making several appearances during Museums Advocacy Day. As Lincoln, he is addressing the Congressional Kickoff and Breakfast on Capitol Hill. (Which ought to keep the senators and representatives in their seats—it would be so rude to walk out on the president). Tuesday afternoon I get my turn, interviewing Mr. Klein about his views, as an amateur historian and a museum educator, on the state of American education, and what museums can do to make things better. I’ll post (and tweet) more later about how to join the chat–stay tuned.
You can register now for the virtual conference, and please and ping me if you intend to join me for dinner—I’d love to know who will be around the table.