Tackling Human Rights, Trauma, and Atrocity in Exhibitions

Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
130 America's Center
Museums and professionals are being challenged to present topical exhibitions on traumatic themes such as mass shootings, terrorism, segregation, lynching, and racism, both current and historical. This session presents techniques employed to deal with these challenging and relevant issues in exhibitions. Highlighting and analyzing approaches to exhibitions in the atrocity/human rights field, we will spotlight constructive and effective applications. Techniques including humanizing the victim, unleashing the power of testimony, restraint in visual depictions, localization, human rights in context, and seamless transitioning will be presented through case studies.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Acquire different perspectives/frameworks in designing for sensitive, contentious, and volatile subject matter for diverse audiences.
  2. Feel more confident in broaching such topics, armed with a clear approach based on proven precedents from reputable institutions.
  3. Give visitors a more nuanced and profound understanding of these critical issues.
Clifford Chanin
Vice President for Education and Public Programs
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Clifford Chanin, Director of Education and Public Programs at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, has gained prominence in recent years for his role in providing education and creating programs at the 9/11 Memorial. Previously, he was Associate Director of Arts and Humanities at the Rockefeller Foundation, where his work included programs on museums, university development, book publishing and contemporary issues in the humanities.
Edward Jacobs
Edward Jacobs is an exhibition designer and interpretive planner whose focus is in the areas of Human rights, Genocide and Tolerance. He is a founding Partner of Berenbaum Jacobs Associates where he has been creating experiential projects since 2005. For the last 25 years, Jacobs also has led his own multi-disciplinary architectural, concept and exhibition design firm, through which he has produced a diverse span of projects worldwide.
Michael Berenbaum
Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation and has developed uncounted Holocaust museums/exhibitions since. Berenbaum is the author of 25 books and has written/produced dozens of films including the Academy award winner "One Survivor Remembers".