Wednesday, October 28, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:15 pm Eastern Time
As museums grapple with our current public health crisis and renewed calls for social, economic, and racial justice in the United States and internationally, this conversation aims to engage university and museum-based professionals in analyzing, reflecting, and rejuvenating museum studies curriculum to prepare students to be effective change agents in museums. What is the museum we want to see and what are the curricular implications of those aspirations? What topics need more robust engagement in museum studies programs? What assumptions need challenging? What applied experiences are key to creating the next best practices? What anti-racist and decolonizing readings are on your list for colleagues, graduate students, and undergraduate students—especially as digital engagement with museums soars? What professional fields and scholarship outside the traditional museum space are you relying on to shape how your museum serves visitors facing racial, economic, and health challenges and disparities?
We ask you to join us in a participant-led dialogue around these topics and the related future of museums. We invite you to participate by suggesting ideas for discussion topics, facilitating a conversation or otherwise assisting with a breakout session, and sharing your vision. To suggest a topic, facilitate a conversation, serve as timekeeper, or otherwise be involved in the conversation, please see https://forms.gle/vpHXvnm9rSE9nbmM8. The survey will close October 1.
The Museum Studies Network communications committee will group like topics into breakout sessions and invite those with similar interests to join the conversation. While the first conversation scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2020 will focus on the curriculum, we aim to cover other topics that come out of these breakout sessions more fully over a series of conversations in the next year.
We hope you’ll join us in making the future museum we want! For more information, please contact MSN’s Communications + Publications co-chair, Juilee Decker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The statements and opinions expressed by panelists, hosts, attendees, or other participants of this event does not reflect the opinions of, nor are endorsed by, the American Alliance of Museums.