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Complexity Theory and Museums

I had the honor of being a keynote speaker at the MuseumNext conference in Melbourne Australia in 2017.  The paper I delivered in both on their website and uploaded and linked here.

Forward to the Book "Hot Topics, Public Culture, Museums" by Fiona Cameron and Lynbda Kelly

This Book written in Australia after a conference on the same topic and after of years of research is a useful reminders about the power museums have in presenting difficult material.  I wrote

A CIVICALLY-MINDED CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

In 2010 I was invited to speak at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago under the direction of Madeleine Grynsztejn.  It was and remains an experimental art museum offering a diversity of

The Opportunity for Social Service 1991

This papeer which explores the nature of community centers and suggests that this work, with or without access to objects, is part of the museum family.  It was written first for a presentatio

Turning the Ocean Liner Slowly 1990

Turning the Ocean Liner Slowly” was about the Smithsonian Institution after I had left.  I had been the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Museums and the Deputy Director for Public Program Plann

Museums As Socially Responsible Institutions 1988

This paper was originally presented as the keynote address at a “Museums as Socially Responsible Institutions” at George Washington University in October 1988.  It was subsequently delivered i

SAVINGS BANK FOR THE SOUL

SAVINGS BANK FOR THE SOUL — This paper was originally written for

A PAPER DELIVERED FOR THE MUSEUMS AUSTRALIA INC 1996 CONFERENCE

SINGING AND DANCING AT NIGHT: MUSEUM LEARNING FROM INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

I was invited by Alison Edwards and Laurence Sullivan to be part of a conference at the Harvard Divinity School in 2002.  Out of that conference came the important volume “Stewards of the

THRESHOLD FEAR

I was asked to speak at a conference in Leicester Museum Studies Program organized by Suzanne MacLoed.  The version of the speech was published in “Reshaping Museum Space” published b

Curator From Soloist to Impresario

I was asked by Fiona Cameron and Linda Kelly to write a chapter for the book they were editing in 2010 entitled Hot Topocs, Public Culture, Museums.  This chapter attempts to consider

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