Warheads and Wonder: Displaying Controversial Military Objects

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
276 America's Center
Description
How does an institution separate the history and technology of an artifact from its destructive power and utilization in conflicts? What objects are the most difficult to display in a museum setting? Are there limits to what an audience wants to view in a museum setting? Hear from four institutions about how they present controversial military artifacts in a context that emphasizes the science and technological evolution behind these objects.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn strategies to display politically charged objects, including military vehicles and ordnance, in a context that focuses on technological relevance.
  2. Learn how to facilitate a discussion about the most difficult objects to display and have them seen as an asset rather than an obstacle.
  3. Learn how to balance historical perspective-when these technologies were the most advanced on the planet-with their relevance to modern conflicts.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Erik Flint
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
Lewis Army Museum
Bio
Fort Lewis Military Museum, Executive Director
Presenter: 
James Walther
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
Bio
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Executive Director
Presenter: 
Justin Spielmann
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Educational Coordinator
Organization: 
Flying Heritage Collection
Bio
Flying Heritage Collection, Education Coordinator
Presenter: 
Rebecca Harmsen
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Educator
Organization: 
Mobius Science Center
Bio
Bachelor's Degree in History and Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. Previously worked in the education departments in the Burke Museum and the Museum of Flight. Currently work for Mobius Science Center as a Educator.
Presenter: 
Valerie Johnson
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Education Specialist
Organization: 
Naval Undersea Museum
Bio
US Naval Undersea Museum, Director of Education