Undoing Colonial Practices in Museums and Historic Sites

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
224 America's Center
Description
Museum decolonization is a critical issue facing the 21st century museum. Indigenous rights and concerns must be considered when working with Native American collections and when presenting related topics in exhibits and programs. But how do we approach decolonization? How does it manifest across museum functions? What are the concerns? What is the right approach for working with tribal representatives to ensure the best results? Hear from museum leaders who are actively decolonizing their museums or departments and share the opportunities and challenges you face.
Learner Outcome
  1. Learners will add decolonization to their vocabulary and consider new perspectives when working with tribal communities and Native content.
  2. Learners will leave with the Abbe Museum's four-phased approach that may be replicated in their organizations.
  3. Learners will engaging more deeply with decolonization practices and become part of a community of practice.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Ben Garcia
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Deputy Director
Organization: 
San Diego Museum of Man
Bio
Mr. Ben Garcia is Deputy Director at the San Diego Museum of Man. In this role he supports the Directors of Exhibits, Collections, Education and Public Engagement, and Operations. Mr. Garcia also stewards the Museum's decolonization initiatives. His prior museum experience includes three years as Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, as well as administrative roles in the education departments of the J. Paul Getty Museum and Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Presenter: 
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
President & CEO
Organization: 
Abbe Museum
Bio
Working in museums for more than 20 years, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko has been a museum director since 2001. Prior to joining the Abbe Museum as President & CEO in 2009, Cinnamon was the director of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum where she led the organization to the National Medal for Museum Service in 2008. She is currently a board member of Maine Humanities Council and the American Alliance of Museums.
Presenter: 
James Pepper Henry
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
American Indian Cultural Center & Museum
Presenter: 
Laura Roberts
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Principal
Organization: 
Roberts Consulting
Bio
Laura Roberts consults with cultural nonprofits on strategic planning, organizational development and program development. Laura also teaches graduate students at Harvard University Extension School and Northeastern University. A member of The Museum Group, she serves on the editorial advisory board for AASLH and the Journal of Museum Education as well as the AASLH Leadership Nominating Committee.