Centering Social Justice in Museum Studies Graduate Programs

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
127 America's Center
Description
Highlighting student-led initiatives, curriculum about urgent social issues, and support for action research, University of Illinois at Chicago's museum and exhibition studies program attracts individuals who place social justice at the core of their approach to museums. Students and museum-employed alumni share successes, including a journal reimagining museums, public programming linking families to small museums, online community curation, and exhibits created with Movement for Black Lives organizers. They also discuss challenges, such as tensions between the goal of disability access and traditional views of contemporary art.
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn to center social justice within museum study and practice through shared examples of successful projects and challenges.
  2. Learn to identify publications as vehicles for and archives of leading-edge thought and innovative examples of museum work.
  3. Learn to shape programs of museum studies that can serve as the forces for change needed for museums to thrive in the 21st century.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Devin Malone
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Graduate Assistant
Organization: 
University of Illinois Chicago Gallery 400
Presenter: 
Jamie Lewis
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Collections Assistant I
Organization: 
Field Museum of Natural History
Bio
Jamie Lewis is an Anthropology Collections Assistant at Field Museum of Natural History, and an alumnus of the Museum and Exhibition Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her 2015 capstone was titled, Reinterpreting Ethnographic Collections: Online Community Curation of the Philippine Collection at the Field Museum.
Presenter: 
Lauren Leving
Role: 
Moderator
Organization: 
Museum and Exhibition Studies - University of Illinois at Chicago
Presenter: 
Sarah Maritza Hernandez
Role: 
Presenter