Unconferences, Conversaciones and Latino Heritage

Unconference — un·con·fer·ence noun

A loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events.

(Distributed January 26, 2017)

2nd Annual Hacking Heritage Conference

Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:00am - 4:30pm

Smith-Buonanno, Room 101

Hacking Heritage, now in its second iteration, invites questions and conversations about how and why we protect, interpret, manage and market our cultural heritage that may be uncomfortable, provocative, critical, or, as one of our steering committee members put it, just plain weird. It is a place to gather and talk together about things like experimental preservation; marginalized stories; our cultural aversion to decay; and challenges and opportunities associated with using digital media to record, archive or project histories.

Curating Social Media: What I Learned from Designing @hi_shangrila

What is Instagram? What do museums need to know about Instagram?

Is it a viable platform for drawing in and engaging new audiences?

What do museums use Instagram for now and how might that usage change in the future?

How can different digital initiatives provide continuity between museums, media and popular culture?

These are all questions that I explored throughout my time as a Programs Intern at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Shangri La this summer and which I will address in this short article.

(Distributed December 15, 2016)

Winter is Coming: What the Culture Sector Needs to Worry About Now

I. Predicting the Unpredictable

 The former NEA Chair Rocco Landesman says he doesn’t see anything “apocalyptic” for the arts in a Trump presidency. Robert Lynch, the President of Americans for the Arts and a top advocate for the nonprofit arts sector, is more cautious and says Trump’s election “brings some uncertainty in terms of federal support for the arts.” Van Jones, the CNN pundit is blunt: Trump, he says, “is going to start a war.”

(Distributed December 2, 2016)

What’s public about the digital humanities?

The digital public humanities are having a moment. Universities, museums, and other cultural institutions are exploring how technology and new media are changing the ways in which individuals create, perceive, and interact with cultural heritage.

(Distributed October 17, 2016)
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