CONFERENCES 2018-08-13T17:12:34+00:00

TMG Members regularly deliver keynotes, chair sessions, and facilitate conversations at national and international conferences. Check here to see where our members will be presenting or have presented

Association of Science and Technology Centers Annual Conference; (September 29-October 2, 2018; Hartford, CT): Paul Orselli will be one of the presenters for the “Annual Exhibit Walking Workshop.”

Mountain Plains Museums Association Annual Conference; (September 11-15, 2018; Billings, MT): Robert “Mac” West will lead an open discussion on controversial exhibition open discussion on controversial exhibition topics.

Asia Pacific Science Centers Annual Conference; (September 5-7, 2018; Taipei, Taiwan): Robert “Mac” West  is scheduled for two presentations: “Once Competitors, Now Colleagues” will discuss various examples of museums coming together to complement and support one another. “Contemporary Science – Opportunities and Challenges” will  examine some of the issues of dealing with science that is not yet fully consolidated or accepted.

A’18 (AIA International Conference on Architecture; (June 21-23, 2018; New York, NY): Matt Kirchman gave a talk entitled The Hitchcock Center: Building a Teaching & Advocacy Tool.

Washington Symposium of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement; (March 16, 2018; Washington, D.C.): Marsha Semmel presented, with Dave Ucko, on higher education collaborations with informal learning organizations (like science centers) focused on civic engagement.

Council of American Jewish Museums Annual Conference; (February 25-28, 2018; Washington, D.C.): Marsha Semmel was the co-chair. She made brief remarks in the opening session entitled “A Time of Responsibility”, as well as brief closing remarks. She also moderated a panel, “Federal Funding and Our Museums.”

Science Centre World Summit; (November 15-17, 2017; Tokyo, Japan): Robert “Mac” West presented a session entitled “Contemporary Science, Controversial Topics, Ethical Challenges – Exhibitions and Programs”

ReImagining the Museum: Medellin 2017; (October 31-November 4, 2017;  Fundacion TyPA, Medellin, Colombia): Elaine Heumann Gurian shared her insights on the museum field, concerns and future challenges in “WHAT´S ON THE EXPERT´S MIND?” Elaine also gave the closing words, along with María Eugenia Salcedo Repolês (Instituto Inhotim, Brasil). Throughout the week they audited sessions and interviewed participants, then presented a synthesis of underlying and overarching themes. Former TMGer Myriam Springuel presented “Un-learning and Re-learning Customer Focus,” discussing out SITES reexamined its customer base to un-learn decades of working methods and dramatically transform itself.

International Commission on Museums, Natural History Committee Conference; (October 25-30, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA): Robert “Mac” West presented a session entitled “Strategies for Exploring Local Natural Environments,” and presented a poster entitled “Traveling Exhibitions Support Anthropocene.” Matt Kirchman spoke on the role of museums to advocate for environmental literacy and behavioral change, and provided a “field guide” of examples where museums have met with varying degrees of success.

New England Museum Association Annual Conference; (October 25-27, 2017; Falmouth, MA): Laura Roberts facilitated a panel entitled “Finding New Relevance in Legacy Collections” and a Think Tank entitled “The Deaccessioning Dilemma: How Can We Support Standards AND Museums in Crisis?”

Association of Science-Technology Centers Conference; (October 21-24, 2017; San Jose, CA): Paul Orselli facilitated a Flash Session on “Public Engagement with Scientific Methods,” and be a presenter in the “Digitally Challenged-Digital Exhibit Fails & Wins” session.

Association of Science-Technology Centers Conference; (October 21-24, 2017; San Jose, CA): Robert “Mac” West facilitated and sponsored the “Informal Learning Experiences’ Traveling Exhibitions Forum.”

Mountain Plains Museums Association Conference; (October 15-19, 2017; Denver, CO): Robert “Mac” West will lead a session entitled “The All-American Eclipse: A Community Engagement Event.”

Mellon Foundation Our Compelling Interests series; (September 27, 2017; Los Angeles, CA): Charmaine Jefferson moderated this program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, focusing on Scott Page’s book The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy. Participants will include: Scott Page; Nancy Cantor, series editor and Chancellor of Rutgers University; Earl Lewis, Mellon Foundation President; Jeffrey Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at UCLA; Edgar Garcia, Arts & Culture Deputy for the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and Jana Babatunde-Bey, veteran  media industry executive and President of the Will & Jada Smith Foundation. The program will be documented by the World Channel in association with PBS SoCal.

Inclusive Museum Conference; (September 17, 2017; Manchester, UK): Robert “Mac” West presented a session “Museums’ Responses to Changes in their Diverse Current Environments.”

AAM Annual Meeting

Over the years, TMG actively participated in the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums. Please find details on our conference sessions and conversations over the years below.

St. Louis 2017
(selected thoughts on some of these Conversations are available in this PDF and a summary of other conversations in this article in the Informal Learning Review (issue 144; May/June 2017)
Washington 2016
Atlanta 2015
Seattle 2014
Minneapolis 2012
Houston 2011
Los Angeles 2010
Philadelphia 2009
Denver 2008
Chicago 2007
Boston 2006
Indianapolis 2005
Portland 2003

SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Responsibilities and Engagement-Informal Science Education); (August 4, 2017; Stony Brook, NY): Marsha Semmel (with Dave Ucko) presented on SENCER-ISE at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement’s SENCER Summer Institute at Stony Brook University in New York. Their talk compared learning approaches and impacts in different settings: the college classroom and out-of-school settings  including museums and science centers. They discussed current NSF- and IMLS- funded projects involving partnerships between higher education and informal learning organizations.

ACM InterActivity Conference (May 2-5, 2017; Pasadena, CA): Paul Orselli and Margaret Middleton hosted an evening of bite-sized presentations on a variety of topics guaranteed to entertain and inspire. An eclectic group of Children’s Museum colleagues each had ten minutes or less to share “Sounds Bites” presentations about ideas they are passionate about. Topics this year ran the gamut from Dancing to Exploding Exhibits!

Council of American Jewish Museums (March 19-21, 2017; Boston and Amherst, MA): Marsha Semmel and Laura Roberts served on the conference program committee and presented together at the session Negotiating Boundaries: Public History, Personal Identity and Curatorial Voice. Marsha serves as the session co-chair.

reACT: a symposium on arts and environment (March 3-4, 2017; Providence, RI): Anne Bergeron  co-organized this symposium at Brown University, which explored how contemporary artists and scholars engage with the environment (broadly cast). She also moderated a session called reIMAGINE: How Artists Interpret the World. The symposium is free and open to the public, registration required.

MuseumNext Conference (February 15-17, 2017; Melbourne, Australia): Elaine Heumann Gurian delivered the keynote address The Importance of And at MuseumNext, a global conference on the future of museums. Since 2009 it has acted as a platform for showcasing best practice today to shine a light on the museum of tomorrow.

Museum Workers Speak (January 26, 2017; San Francisco, CA): Gail Anderson was a panelist on a session hosted by Museum Workers Speak entitled, Advocate for Yourself! From Interview, Evaluation, to the Exit Interview from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  It is being held at the California Historical Society (678 Mission Street) in San Francisco.

International Museum Exhibition Design Conference (November 17-20, 2016; Buenos Aires, Argentina): Elaine Heumann Gurian was the final summary speaker at the conference, whose theme was “Chaos at the Museum: Infiltrating the Urban Fabric.”

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Conference (November 14-18, 2016; Orlando, FL): Robert “Mac” West gave a presentation “Mutually Beneficial Engagement of Science Centers with their Communities,” in honor of Museum and Science Center Day, November 14.

New England Museum Association Annual Conference (November 9-11, 2016; Mystic, CT): David Ellis participated in the panel “Does Your Board Embrace Diversity as a Strategy?” Paul Orselli did a prototyping workshop (POW! was also a conference sponsor); and Laura Roberts chaired a session “Deep Roots: What does commitment to community mean?”

South African Association of Science and Technology Centers Conference (November 7-10, 2016; Richards Bay, South Africa): Robert “Mac” West delivered three keynote addresses: “Museums and their Communities: Outside the Walls;” “The Challenge of Dealing with Often-Controversial or Ethical Issues and Topics;” “and The Evolution of (Science) Museums.”

Mountain Plains Museum Association Annual Conference (October 23-27, 2016; Oklahama City, OK): Robert “Mac” West led a session on Mutually Beneficial Relationships between Museums and their Communities. He also gave a presentation in October in South Korea at the International Symposium of Science Museums.

British Columbia Museum Association Annual Conference (October 12-14, 2016; Whistler, Canada): Elaine Heumann Gurian delivered a keynote speech “Intentional Civility,” at the conference, whose topic was “Begin. Build. Re-Invent: All in a Day’s Work.”

TyPA Lab on Museum Management (September 2016; Buenos Aires, Argentina): Barbara Henry conducted sessions called, “The Activated Museum,” focusing on compelling visitor experiences, authentic community engagement, and a dynamic organizational culture for transforming museums. TyPA (Theory and Practice of the Arts) organizes the Lab as an advanced training program for museum professionals from Latin America.

Western Museums Association Annual Meeting (September 25-28 2016; Phoenix, AZ): Margaret Kadoyama moderated two conference sessions. “Museums and Race 2016: Transformation and Justice,” was with presenters Ben Garcia (Deputy Director, San Diego Museum of Man)and Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu (Assistant Specialist, Public Humanities & Native Hawaiian Programs, Department of American Studies University of Hawai‘i at Manoa). “Moving Forward: Reflecting on the Past to Better Understand Ways to Create Meaningful Relationships between Museums and Indigenous Communities” included presenters Marina Vlnar (Private Contractor/Facilitator, Indigenous Collaboration Initiative) and Barbara Mumby (Senior Program Officer, San Francisco Arts Commission).

Association of Science and Technology Centers Conference (September 24-27, 2016; Tampa, FL): Mac West’s Informal Learning Experiences Traveling Exhibitions Forum  at ASTC was held 5:30 to 7:00 on Friday September 23 at the Tampa Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Association of Science and Technology Centers Conference (September 24-27, 2016; Tampa, FL): Paul Orselli hosted two sessions: “ASTC Un-conference,” in which attendees discussed late-breaking issues to create a structured set of pick-up sessions to fill interstitial openings during the conference; and: “Hot Topics in Exhibition Design Roundtables: Process, Challenges, and Possibilities.” Diverse presenters from around the world led provocative roundtable discussions about a wide range of burning issues in exhibition design. Together, groups explored each “hot topic,” discussed concrete design challenges our field is facing, and collectively imagined solutions for the 21st century visitor experience.

American Association for State and Local History Annual Conference (September 14-17, 2016; Detroit, MI): Paul Orselli ran an interactive workshop that will introduce “making/history”—an initiative to help history organizations engage with “Makers” (an eclectic constituency of artists, craftspeople, and technologists). Participants will learn through hands-on activities and discussion with national experts how history institutions can leverage the Maker “toolbox” to energize new relationships with their communities.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum 2016 Forum (September 14-16, 2016; Santa Fe, NM): Elaine Heumann Gurian was the keynote speaker on the topic “More than an Icon: Balancing Authenticity, Idealism, and Expectations at Single-Focus Institutions.” To mark its 15th year, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center brought together leading thinkers from the world of single-focus institutions to discuss their facilities’ roles in seeking truth while meeting the many expectations of visitors.

2016 SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Summer Institute (July 28-August 1, 2016; Chicago, IL): Marsha Semmel spoke on collective impact, at this event hosted by Roosevelt University in Chicago.

21st Century Museum Leadership Seminar (July 25-26, 2016; Washington, DC): Marsha Semmel was a core faculty member in the third annual Seminar, co-sponsored by The George Washington University’s Museum Studies Program and Smithsonian Affiliations.

Visitor Studies Association Conference (July 19-23, 2016; Boston, MA): Mary Ellen Munley hosted a Fireside Chat July 21, 2016 from 3:45 to 5pm. Audience research and evaluation have changed in their use, utility, and requirements over time. Reflecting on the shifting landscape of museums, information gathering and accountability over the past few decades, Mary Ellen spoke briefly about how her work has changed over the years. She then opened up a discussion among attendees about the state of the field from practitioner, researcher and evaluator perspectives.

International Conference of Museums, International Committee for Exhibition Exchange (July 6, 2016, Milan, Italy): Myriam Springuel was a keynote speaker. The title of presentation: “Innovation: Planning for the Future of Exhibitions.”

ECSITE, European Science Center Organization (June, 2016; Graz, Austria): Robert “Mac” West was on the team for a pre-conference workshop “Cooperating with Communities for Mutual Benefit.” The team also included individuals from France,the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, the UK, Ireland, and the US.

AAM2016 (May 26-29, 2016; Washington, D.C.): see this PDF for all sessions presented by TMG members

Asia-Pacific Science Centers Annual Conference (May 17-20, 2016; Beijing, China): Robert “Mac” West was on a panel whose topic was Public Engagement and Participation in Science Education: Free-choice Learning for Life Long Outcomes. Mac’s presentation was titled “Mutually Beneficial Engagement of Science Centers with their Communities.” The other presenters were from the National Science Centre of Thailand, Miraikan, the Japan National Science Museum, Science Center Singapore, and Arizona State University.

KnowledgeWorks (April 11-12, 2016; Columbus, OH): Marsha Semmel was an invited participant in “Making Sense of the Future of Learning,” at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Leadership for Creative Enterprises in the School of Communication at Northwestern University (April 7, 2016; Chicago, IL): Dan Danzig spoke along with Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Association for Managers of Innovation Spring 2016 Meeting (April 6-8, 2016; Greensboro, NC): Marsha Semmel 
was an invited participant. The theme was “The Maker Movement.”

MEP+D 25th Anniversary Museum Studies Symposium (March 24-25, 2016; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA): Marsha Semmel was the keynote speaker. The theme was “How has the museum field evolved from 1990-2015?

The Council of American Jewish Museums Annual Meeting
 (March 20-22, 2016; New York, NY): Marsha Semme
was a panel chair and moderator of “Better Together? The Whys and Hows of Successful Collaboration.”

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, 2016 Leadership Summit (March 11-13, 2016; Charleston, SC): Marsha Semmel was an invited participant. The theme was “Community as a Common Enterprise.”

California Association of Museums Conference (March 2-4, 2016; Riverside, CA): Gail Anderson presented in a panel called Just Say No!, where participants gained a greater understanding of why it is so challenging for museum professionals to say no and why it is so critical to our success (to prevent mission drift, to more successfully adhere to our business models).

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, (February 22, 2016; Palo Alto, CA): Marsha Semmel was an invited participant in “Protected: Civic Crowdfunding Seminar,” a charrette to consider the boundaries of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing as mechanisms for producing public goods in democracy.

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership 3rd Annual Trustee Celebration
 (February 20, 2016; San Diego, CA): Marsha Semmel 
was a leadership workshop facilitator and speaker.