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Betty Andrews Recital Hall
Allard Hall, MacEwan University 11104 104 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2Y9
In celebration of International Museum Day 2018, the Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS) presents Connections Through Collections: The Future of Museums.
Good museums tell good stories. And telling good stories requires that museums consider carefully how human experience can, and should, be reflected in their services, and the audiences those same services will, and must, reach. This places message and interpretive method at the center, alongside inclusiveness, consultation, and audience feedback.
Dr. Dean Oliver, Director of Research at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, will address the creation of compelling, respectful narratives in a museum setting, and how museums can create and main...tain focus on their publics. The traditional roles museums have played – collecting things and displaying them for educative purposes – are merely the starting points for modern museology. Empathy, relevance, and creative engagement are critical too, and – increasingly – the challenges and opportunities that come from demographic and social change, technological innovation, and the uncertainty of the unknown. Museums are value propositions, so what value will they offer people in a world of bewildering social choices? And how will the new Royal Alberta Museum create new connections through its collections, and be a leader for museums of the future?
This event is made possible with the generous support of MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management program.
About Dr. Dean Oliver
Dr. Oliver joined the Canadian Museum of History in 2013, after nearly 14 years at the Canadian War Museum, the last 10 as director of research and exhibitions. His most recent book (with J. L. Granatstein), The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History, won the annual Charles P. Stacey Award for the best book published on Canadian military history.
Dean Oliver holds a PhD in History from York University and has taught History, Political Science and International Security. A long-time contributor to the Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs and founding editor of the Studies in Canadian Military History monograph series, he is a well-known writer, lecturer and media commentator.
Doors open at 6 pm and the program will begin at 7 pm. Come early to enjoy a pre-lecture reception, with delicious bites and a cash bar, and to learn about the design of the Royal Alberta Museum's new downtown home from DIALOG’s design team. A reception will follow the lecture.
Location & Transportation
The lecture will take place in the Betty Andrews Recital Hall, located in Allard Hall at MacEwan University. Public parking is available in the underground parkade in Allard Hall or in a variety of nearby surface lots. Allard Hall is easily accessible via transit and MacEwan University offers bike storage in all parkades as well as surface racks around campus.
Wheelchair Accessible Seating
If you require wheelchair accessible seating, please call our office at 825-468-6022 prior to purchasing your tickets in order to reserve a wheelchair accessible seat. Accessible seating is limited and will be reserved on a first come first served basis.
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