Turning Controversy into Learning Opportunities

  • Monday, October 22, 2018
  • 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
  • Torcello / Burano


Erik Flint, Director, Lewis Army Museum
Valerie Johnson, Director of Education, U.S. Naval Undersea Museum
Rebecca Harmsen, Volunteer Services Specialist, Museum of Flight


Justin Spielmann, Education Coordinator, Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum


  • Collections
Controversial topics can inspire fear, curiosity, and awe. The "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" atomic bombs. Mine-clearing marine mammals. The head from a statue of Saddam Hussein. These are not your typical collections objects or exhibit subjects. This session will demonstrate how leadership, exhibit teams, and education staff can take artifacts and material that could be seen as too controversial and effectively turn them into learning opportunities for their visitors. #bravespace