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The next time our senses are filled with an orchestral experience, Emlyn Koster suggests we take away some contemplative lessons for the needs of museums.  A lecture titled ‘The Two Solitudes’ by novelist and chemist C.P. Snow at the University of Cambridge in 1959 became famous. It voiced alarm that the sciences and humanities had...
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It has been three months since we pledged our commitment to anti-racist practices. We at RK&A, individually and collectively, pledge our commitment to being anti-racist—which we recognize as an ongoing pursuit through our everyday actions. To hold ourselves accountable, we want to document publicly the work we have been doing and work still to be...
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Emlyn Koster urges the museum sector to combine operational recovery efforts with strategic pathways towards a more holistic societal and environmental future.  “The very subject of our discussion shows the painful anxiety and uncertainty with which we search for our proper function in the national struggle for a better future.” What sounds like a synopsis...
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Emlyn Koster, PhD, delves into why museums should illuminate the environmental and societal impacts of climate change. The Earth’s wafer-thin atmosphere, looking like a blue halo, is life’s protective envelope. Image credit An undergraduate geologist in the UK in 1969, I was glued to the live transmission from NASA’s astronauts on the Moon with their...
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I wrote this blog post before the outrageous events of January 6, 2021 when a mob of Trump supporters made a violent, anti-democratic attack on the United States Capitol.  I hesitated to post this so soon afterward, fearing poor timing, especially as the aftermath of the event continues to unfold as I write.   But I...
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Over the last month, we have actively been drafting an anti-racism pledge as we study and reflect on equity in our work.  We are hopeful that under the leadership of President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, who both addressed systemic racism in their acceptance speeches, our government will begin the hard...
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Last year, my colleagues and I chatted about the work of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to propose a new definition of museums.  We listened to the MuseoPunks podcast, which featured different speakers talking about their perspectives on the definition process.  At the time, I remember being intrigued by the discussions.  The old definition...
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Sunday marked the 30-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  My first thought was, “Really, only 30 years?”  It is shocking that people in the United States with disabilities had to wait so long to have their rights acknowledged by our government.  I also couldn’t help but notice that the 30th anniversary of...
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I started this blog about a month ago in frustration about the layoffs of museum educators (and other front-of-house staff although I am going to speak specifically about my experiences with museum educators).  I wrote it in a fury one night, and each day since my anger and sadness have grown as I have witnessed...
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We have been working to actively post on our blog over the past few months in response to how COVID-19 is affecting the museum field.  However, considering the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, and in solidarity with the protests unfolding daily against systemic racism in our country, we will be pausing...
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