Water Cooler Chats

TOPIC: #Inclusion #Race #Gender #Privilege in museums

+A “balls to the walls” Chill Librarian & inclusion consultant talks about the exclusion of museum staff/programs/ and missions ,   Porchia Moore,  Cultural heritage informatics leadership  CHILL librarian, PhD student, consulting curator at Columbia Museum of Art, inclusion specialists.


+”It’s nothing about us, without us” – A  Disability Advocate speaks about cultural institutions and the need for substantive representation ,   Emily Ladau,  Communications Consultant, and Disability Rights Advocate.


+ A white, male Southerner, museum leader who grew up 50 miles from the nearest mall discusses upbringing and how that can affect one’s views of #Diversity,   Gary Sandling,  VP of Visitor Programs and Services, Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), and the President of the Virgina Association of Museums.

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+ A Southern-born gentleman, African-American, first-person interpreter talks about first-person slavery interpretation.  Dontavius Williams, Founder of “The Chronicles of Adam”.

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+ A Brooklyn-born, African-American leader in the museum field talks about interpretation and diversity in cultural organizations.  Cordell Reaves, Historic Interpretation, and Preservation Analyst at New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.



+ A South Carolinian with a Hawaiian spirit’s  thoughts on interpreting race in museums and historic sites.  Nicole Moore, Museum Educator, Historic Consultant, Public Historian & Training Specialist, Manager of Education, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, GA.), and blogs on “Interpreting Slave Life”.

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+ A Bar-B-Que loving, African-American, Public Historian’s  thoughts on bias within the museum field.  Joe Mc Gill, Founder of the SLAVE DWELLING PROJECT

+ A Vibrant, Puerto Rican American’s discussion of  the Latino presence in the museum field.  Angel Hernanzdez, Director of Education at The Bronx County Historical Society, and the Founder of the Bronx Latino History Project 


+ A Young, “History goober”, female’s thoughts on gender issues within the museum field.  Carol Ward, Executive Director of Morris Jumel Mansion


+ A Hustling, Black Millenial’s thoughts on diverse leadership in the museum field.  Monica Montgomery, Founding Director of Museum of Impact, and Strategic Director of Museum HUE13612279_10154988721369307_1567264325536425537_n


+ A Jewish Lesbian Discusses “Straight, White, Male Privilege” in the museum field.  Ilene Frank, Chief Curator at Connecticut Historical Society


+ A Black, American Woman’s perspective of  the museum field.  Elon Cook, Program Manager and Curator at the Center for Reconciliation, and Humanities Director at The Robbins Historic House


+ A Chinese national’s  perspective of  the museum field.  Ran Yan, Deputy Director, Lewis H. Latimer House.

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+ A Strong Ally of Diversity discusses the perception of “privilege”  in the museum field.  Christian J. Cotz, Director of Education and Visitor Engagement, James Madison’s MontpelierDSC00913 2

+ A life-long Decorative Arts Curator’s  perspective of the museum field.  Ulysses Dietz, Chief Curator at The Newark Museum


+ A “slightly balding, straight-white-male” leader’s  thoughts on privilege and bias within the museum field.  Bob Beatty, President Lyndhurst Group Consultants

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