Learning about Persistence and Inclusion in India

As many readers know I was in India from mid-July to early August this year, teaching a museum studies class for the National Council of Science Museums masters program in Kolkata.  My co-teacher Karen Lee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and I also had a chance to travel north to Dehradun and Mussoori…

Joint Statement from Museum Bloggers and Colleagues on Ferguson and Related Events

  The recent series of events, from Ferguson to Cleveland and New York, have created a watershed moment. Things must change. New laws and policies will help, but any movement toward greater cultural and racial understanding and communication must be supported by our country’s cultural and educational infrastructure. Museums are a part of this educational…

Radical Open Authority: Diversity Disconnect

Dear readers, I’m beginning the New Year on a new site, and I hope you have all made the transition successfully. I thank you for your thoughts and observations about the blog throughout the year–in conversations, in the comments section, in emails and on Twitter and other social media.  I truly appreciate your interest and your…

Museums and Sandy: More Than a Power Disconnect?

I’m interrupting the series of posts I’d planned on next steps for museum educators to reflect a bit about Superstorm Sandy and museums. A few days after the storm, I saw a notice from the New York Public Library that it was working to re-establish power in all of its branches, and as each one opened,…

Where is Trayvon Martin in our Museums and Social Media?

Silence in My Twitterverse The other morning I was enjoying a cup of coffee and scanning through tweets.  I had just finished reading an article about President Obama stating that if he had had a son, he would look like Trayvon.  While I was zipping through Twitter, I was listening to commentary about the case…