Curating Racism: Understanding Field Museum Physical Anthropology from 1893-1969
Lucia Procopio, Northwestern University
This research uses the Field Museum as a case study to explore how natural history museums during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries developed and promulgated concepts of racial hierarchy and racial biology. The presentation also examines the Field’s work today and what questions museums need to be asking moving forward.
What Did You Learn? Analyzing Inquiry-Based Learning in Museum Education and Visitor Interaction in "Object Project"
Julia Triezenberg, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
The presentation will briefly discuss the history of inquiry-based learning and its application during the presenter's internship with the Experience Design department at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Using "Object Project", an exhibit that is intentionally open-ended and has many participatory opportunities, as a case study the presenter will evaluate the effectiveness of inquiry-based learning by looking at visitor dwell times in the exhibit.
The Present is Queer: Case Studies in Leadership & LGBTQIA+ Representation in American Museums
John-Duane Kingsley, George Washington University
Focusing on three museum leaders from the LGBTQIA+ community: John Chaich (Curator, Queer Threads), Franklin Vagnone (Principal, Twisted Preservation), and Michael L’Esperance (Chair, LGBTQ Alliance of AAM) this presentation analyzes their efforts to bring LGBTQIA+ visibility and inclusion into the sectors of contemporary craft, heritage preservation, and national industry standards for excellence.
Social Media: A Bridge Between Museums and Visitors
Kerry Bellinger, University of Michigan - Flint
This paper attempts to reframe the perception of social media as a disengaged activity, particularly in relation to museums and museum visitors. It synthesizes research from a variety of academic studies to dispel negative perceptions and provide strategies for museums to maximize their impact and engagement using social media.
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