In collaboration with the AAM Education Committee Professional Network (EdCom), the Museum Education Roundtable (MER), and #MuseumEdChat on Twitter


An EdComVersation Online Discussion

Race, Dialogue, and Inclusion

March 16, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

How can museums and their staff play a role in a shift towards a more inclusive society? How can museums encourage and create dialogue that is not only about people of color but about all Americans? How do we elevate the discourse to gain leadership support? Join a lively and timely online discussion with authors of two articles in the recent Journal of Museum Education, “Race, Dialogue and Inclusion” (Volume 42.1, March 2017) as we tackle these questions and more. The featured articles, “Race Isn’t Just a ‘Black Thing’ – The Role that Museum Professionals Can Play in Inclusive Planning and Programming,” and “Social Media for Social Justice,” provide insight into the experiences behind the planning for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, lessons learned, and replicable models for other institutions and professionals to consider as they too deepen their level of inclusivity, with staff and their audiences, and join in the social justice discourse. Program attendees are encouraged to read the Journal of Museum Education  prior to this program. Links to the articles will be disseminated to registrants prior to the program.

How Will I Benefit? 

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:
  • Consider the responsibility and opportunity for museums to be agents of social change
  • Gain ideas for developing, encouraging and sustaining social justice conversations internally with staff and externally with your audiences
  • Participate in a discussion relevant to museum educators
  • Share new methods and opportunities for community engagement with staff in other departments throughout your institution

Who Should Attend

Museum practitioners from all disciplines within the museum field.


  • Lanae Spruce, manager of social media & digital engagement, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Anna Forgerson Hindley, supervisory early childhood education specialist, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Amanda Thompson Rundahl, director of learning and engagement, Saint Louis Art Museum; vice president, Museum Education Roundtable


  • Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, assistant vice president, education & evaluation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; chair for professional development, EdCom


This program is free for all attendees but pre-registration is required.

Register Now

You will receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours. Access instructions will be sent via email closer to the live event.

Join the Conversation on Twitter 

The dialogue will be held concurrently from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on Twitter at #MuseumEdChat, hosted by Claudia Ocello @museumptnrs. The conversation will continue that evening from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET, hosted by Sarah Erdman @cabinetofcurios. All participants from the AAM EdComVersation are encouraged to join and continue the conversation. On Twitter: @AAMers, @AAM_EdCom, #MuseumEdChat, @museumptnrs, @cabinetofcurios

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.

About EdComVersations

EdCom hosts EdComVersations every third Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m. (PT). These online, talk-show-style discussions cover timely, relevant topics from the museum community and encourage dialogue, networking, and collaborative idea generation.

About EdCom

The American Alliance of Museums Education Professional Network (EdCom) advances the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serves as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators and promotes professional standards and excellence in the best and next practice of museum education.

About the Journal of Museum Education

The Museum Education Roundtable publishes The Journal of Museum Education (JME), a peer-reviewed publication exploring and reporting on theory, training, and practice in the museum education field. Published four times a year, each issue consists of articles—written by museum, education, and research professionals—exploring such relevant topics as learning theory; visitor evaluation; teaching strategies for art, science, and history museums; and the responsibilities of museums as public institutions.