Ethics in Changing Times: Soul-Searching over Sponsorship

Track
Development & Membership
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
127 America's Center
Description
Using as a centerpiece the recent controversy in the United Kingdom over oil company sponsorship of museums and the Art Not Oil" report, this talk-show style discussion will address broader questions about corporate sponsorships. The UK example will provide a platform for discussing the thorny ethical issues that arise when the reputation of sponsors gets in the way of their philanthropy.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Learner Outcome
  1. Understand the UK Art Not Oil" report and deliberations of the Ethics Committee, and their relevance to issues of corporate sponsorship in the United States."
  2. Create strategies for addressing emerging ethical issues.
  3. Gain perspective on challenging contemporary ethical dilemmas and the complications that arise when personal opinion comes up against museum practice.
Speakers
Presenter: 
David Fleming
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
National Museums Liverpool (NML)
Bio
Director of National Museums Liverpool since 2001, David Fleming supervised the completion of major capital projects, including the opening of the International Slavery Museum, the refurbishment of the Walker Art Gallery and World Museum, and the creation of the Museum of Liverpool. Fleming is the President of the UK Museums Association, past chair of their Ethics Committee, and chair of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums.
Presenter: 
John Wetenhall
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
George Washington University Museum & The Textile Museum
Bio
In his 25 years as curator and art museum director, John Wetenhall has transformed museums physically, programmatically, and operationally. He has also energized and refined museum programs, exhibition schedules, and permanent collection displays. A thought leader in the museum field, Wetenhall has lectured on innovation, engaging diverse audiences, mergers, and the ethics and values of museums.
Presenter: 
Rowan Brown
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
CEO, Woodhorn Charitable Trust
Presenter: 
Sally Yerkovich
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Director of Special Projects
Organization: 
American Scandinavian Foundation
Bio
An internationally known speaker, museum leader and author (A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics), Sally Yerkovich is director of the Institute of Museum Ethics at Seton Hall University. A consultant to museums, she teaches in museum studies programs. Her work, which draws upon more than 30 years of experience in museums and nonprofit cultural organizations, is increasingly engaged with how museums will face the ethical challenges of the future.
Presenter: 
Sharon Heal
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
Museums Association
Bio
Sharon Heal is the Director of the Museums Association, a professional membership organization that campaigns to promote the value of museums to society. She was formally the Head of Publications and Events at the MA and the editor of Museums Journal. With a background is in journalism, event creation and policy, she has lectured on the history of museums and museum ethics and regularly comments on museums and cultural policy in the UK.