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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.

A rebutal to an attack on the Smithsonian -- a 1996 c-span interview with Brian Lamb

I remember this being an artificially created controversy so I elected to be interviewed alone as did the other interviewee.  Long time ago. In the introduction Brian said.   ”<

THE JEW AMONG THE INDIANS

In 1991 i was invited to give a speech at the Jewish Museum Association.  I was at the time the Deputy Assistant Director for the National Museum of the American Indian and involved in the fir

Maria Valchou: A blog "Musing on Culture"

Maria Valchou: A blog “Musing on Culture”on Sept 14 2014 writes about Tilden, Cotton Dana and my writing.  I am honored to be in their company but especially recommend this blog to you because

NOODLING AROUND WITH EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES

NOODLING AROUND WITH EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES was first written for Exhibiting Cultures (ed. Steven D.

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

THE FORWARD TO ROBERT JANES BOOK MUSEUMS IN A TROUBLED WORLD

MUSEUMS IN A TROUBLED WORLD is a book written by Robert Janes in 2009 and published by Routledge.  I was honored to be asked to write the forward.  It is called “A New Form of Fo

The Pinterest Museum

In 2011, I was asked to speak at the museums conference in Norway.  I gave this paper called the Pinterest Museum about how the website Pinterest works and what it has to do with museums and t

Interview on Dialogue TV June 2007

I was delighted to be asked by George Liston Seay of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to be interviewed upon the publishing of my collected writings, Civilizing the Museum. 

The Blurring of the Boundaries: Merging the Definitions of Museums with Other Institutions

A Blurring of the Boundaries” was written in 1994 about enlarging the definition of museums to include institutions quite unlike the object based institutions we think of as classical museums.&nbs

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