What is a Museum? An Exploration in Six Parts
Tuesday December 15, 2020
12pm EST

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Museums are committed to be recognized as meaningful meeting places, open and diverse platforms for learning, exchange and progress. What should be the role of museums in a time of social scrutiny and transformation? What actions can be taken to provide a wide and inclusive experience to share knowledge and promote understanding in a safe environment for all?

Andrés Roldan, Parqué Explora Science Center, Colombia
Linda Norris, Senior Specialist, Methodology and Practice, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Ihor Poshyvailo, Maidan Museum, Vice Chair of DRMC, Ukraine

Rick WestPresident and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West, ICOM-US Board Member 
Diana Pardue, Director, Museum Services Division - Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, ICOM-US Board Member 


Andrés Roldan

Linda Norris
Linda Norris is Senior Specialist, Methodology and Practice at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) In this role she facilitates connections and builds the capacity of members and other organizations in the work of using the past to create a more just future. ICSC is s the only global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives that connects past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. 

At the Coalition, she has spearheaded innovative projects such as the re-interpretation of Maison des Esclaves, Africa’s first World Heritage Site; a digital map of sites of human rights abuses in the Middle East and North African regions; and workshops on the re-imagining of the place of Native American women in the New York State landscape.

As the co-author of Creativity in Museum Practice, Linda is an international thought leader in facilitating conversation and action surrounding the ways creativity can transform museums, shape more compelling narratives and create deeper, more inclusive community connections. She has also written for publications such as Museum, Exhibitionist and History News.

Linda holds an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and an AB from Cornell University. She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2009 and continues her involvement with the Ukrainian cultural sector.  She has facilitated workshops for museum colleagues throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Ukraine, Romania, Albania and the Baltics.

She represents Sites of Conscience in international museum and heritage contexts. In 2019, she presented sessions at ICOM Kyoto, and at conferences in locations such as Estonia, Ukraine, Sierra Leone and Turkey. She has been featured on the Museopunks podcast, “A new definition of museum?” as well as Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast.

Ihor Poshyvailo

Rick West

Diana Pardue