Symposium VIII

 Reimagine Museums for Community Well-Being, Connection and Learning

June 3-5, 2021

Joined by the nation’s leading practitioners and educators in Museums, Historic Preservation and Asian American Studies, Symposium VIII aims to strengthen collaborations and networks among practitioners, and calls for public engagement in future program development. We welcome public educators, museum curators, historic preservationists and the general public to attend. We suggest using hashtags such as #Museum4thePeople, #1882symposiumVIII and #1882foundation if you post symposium-related information on social media.

To register, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlce2qrjgpG9DNwjO2_y1eHs3t0p2Di9Pm

June 3, 5:00-7:00 PM, ET

Session 1 “How Do Museums Best Serve Communities” will introduce “community-centric” approach in museum program development, dedicating to developing a sense of connectedness and belonging among communities. Speakers will discuss questions such as “traditional museum work tends to be very object/artifact focused, but ethnic specific heritage museums like ours have concentrated a lot more on oral tradition. If we are to continue employing objects in museum practices, what kinds of reinterpretations can happen?”

June 4, 5:00-7:00 PM, ET

Session 2 “Innovative Practices in Museums and beyond for Commemoration and Healing” will discuss the innovative designs, education, research and outreach that put the concept of “community-centric” engagement into practice. Discussion will also cover questions such as how current museum and preservation practices can reimagine their roles in community commemoration and healing facing historical and contemporary anti-Asian sentiment, building towards social justice.

June 5, 1:00-4:30 PM, ET

Session 3 “Building Consciousness through Asian American Studies Education” will introduce some of the best strategies and programs being developed in Asian American Studies Education, focusing on K-12 grades and its connection to college education. Ting-Yi and other fellow speakers will 1) showcase a unit co-developed by the 1882 Foundation and the DBQ Project (1:00-2:00pm); 2)  illustrate the growth and direction of the education program over the past two years and highlighting collaborative efforts with OCA and others to develop a multimedia digital toolkit; the growth of grassroots efforts to bring AAPI experiences into the narrative of American history and other courses (2:00-3:00pm). Following the talks, Dr. Will Gow will moderate a discussion on Asian American Studies education at K-12 grades and beyond to look to the future of building consciousness through education (3:15-4:00pm), concluding the session with Q&A (4:00-4:15pm).

If you have any questions on registration or the program, please contact Symposium VIII Chair Hongyan Yang at hongyan@uwm.edu or Co-Chairs Wei N. Gan at wei.n.gan@gmail.com and Linda Wen at lw718@georgetown.edu.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you at Symposium VIII!