Facilitating Critical Conversations around Exhibitions

  • Saturday, October 8, 2022


Amanda Coven, Director of Education, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Molly Wilmoth, Bonnie Lee and Oliver P. Steele III Curator of Education & Engagement, High Desert Museum
Eliza Canty-Jones, Chief Program Officer and Editor Oregon Historical Quarterly, Oregon Historical Society
Ariel Peasley, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator, Coos History Museum


  • Community Engagement, Visitor Experience

Museums provide space for people to engage in critical conversations. In this session, participants will hear from four museums on their relationship between the curation/exhibitions and education/community programs departments, how educators navigate complex and sometimes controversial topics with visitors, and how program organizers create public discussions on critical topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to speak with other museum professionals on how they address critical topics and foster dialogue and civil discourse.