Catalyzing Community Dialogue Using Societal Exhibits: Re-inventing the Nature of Public Deliberation at Science Centers

Saturday, September 29, 2018: 4:30 PM-5:45 PM
Meeting Room 27 (Connecticut Convention Center)
Session Leader:
David Sittenfeld, Program Manager, Forum, Museum of Science
Emily Hostetler, Forum Education Associate, Museum of Science, Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Vice President, STEM Equity & Education, Science Museum of Minnesota, Alexander Lussenhop, Research and Evaluation Associate, Museum of Science and Barbara Stauffer, Chief of Community Programs and Partnerships, National Museum of Natural History

Science center exhibits and public deliberation are both powerful tools for addressing societal issues. Large-scale exhibits focused on race, infectious disease, and human biology have each catalyzed community dialogues. How might community forums and exhibits best complement one another, and how can institutions maximize the impacts of these community conversations?

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