2020 Virtual Conference Series Program

Smithsonian Affiliations Virtual Conference Series Overview

**Closed captioning will be available on all sessions.

September 23-24, 2020
October 7-8, 2020
October 21-22, 2020
November 9-10, 2020
*1:00 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time each day (Note: Affinity Groups end at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time)

The Conference Series was developed in response to the moment we are in now, and as a platform to discuss and examine a series of timely and important questions:

  • How do we respond to the challenges of a global pandemic, racial injustice, and political divisiveness in ways that enable our visitors to take productive action—and help our nation to live up to its founding ideals?
  • How can Affiliates and the Smithsonian collaborate in doing this work to ensure greater reach, greater relevance, and profound impact?
  • What does it mean to be a national museum in this moment?

There are four (4) topic areas throughout the Series:

  • PK-12 Education
  • Digital First
  • Amplifying Voices
  • Network Building

All sessions, workshops, and affinity groups will take place on Zoom. The Virtual Resource Fair will be hosted on the Affiliations website.

Please note: The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is for current Smithsonian Affiliates, Smithsonian staff members, and SITES Exhibitors only. If you are interested in learning more about a Smithsonian Affiliation, please contact us.