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2015 Conference Archive

2015 National Conference

The 2015 Conference welcomed 114 attendees from 75 Affiliates in 33 states plus Puerto Rico. 12 Affiliate panelists spoke about topics including distance learning, joint partnerships, reaching underserved communities, engaging millennials, 3D technologies and digitization, marketing your brand, best practices for membership renewal, and more.

Looking to contact someone listed below? Contact Communications and Professional Development Manager, Elizabeth Bugbee, 202.633.5304.

2015 Agenda or PDF

2015 Attendees

Selected 2015 Conference photos
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Monday, June 15
Affiliations Advisory Council Meeting

Orientation: Affiliate Advisory Council Leads Discussion on Your Partnership with the Smithsonian



Keynote Address:
A New Birth of Freedom
Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, President, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Recommended books:
  • Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
  • Eric Foner, The Story of American Freedom
Interpreting Difficult Subjects: The Art of Engagement
Distance Learning: Technology as a Tool for Authentic Museum Experiences
Suggested additional resources for Distance Learning technology:
  • "Legacy" videoconferencing (hardware/software solutions for point-to-point video and audio connections): PolyCom, Tandberg/Cisco
  • Software-based videoconferencing platforms (point-to-point video and audio using your own computer, tablet, mobile-device): Vidyo, Skype, Zoom
  • Webinar software: Google hangout, Cisco WebX
  • Webcasting platforms: Ustream (streaming platform for Smithsonian Science How), YouTube
  • Software to host live interactions like Q&A and polls: Cover it Live (platform for Smithsonian Science How), Poll Everywhere
  • Social, mobile-based webcasting: Periscope, Bambuser
  • H.323 Video Conferencing: Cisco TelePresence Codec C40
  • Desktop Video Conferencing Software: Zoom Web and Video Conferencing Service
  • Webinar Software: Adobe Connect
A Tailored Learning Experience: Affiliations Visiting Professionals Program
Smithsonian Affiliations Visiting Professionals program overview
Teens & Tech: Connecting Underserved Communities
Partner Power: Using Your Affiliation As A Path to Increased Funding
Thirsty for Ideas? Shaping a Nationwide Project for Water Matters
Smithsonian Resource Fair
Need contact information for anyone you met at the Resource Fair? Contact your National Outreach Manager!




Wednesday, June 17
Behind-the-Scenes Workshop Tours

  • Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Workshop
    Betsy Bowers, Deputy Director for Museum and Outreach, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
  • Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There
    Andrew Johnston, Geographer, National Air and Space Museum
  • National Gem and Mineral Collection
    Jeffrey Post, Curator, National Gem and Mineral Collection, National Museum of Natural History
  • Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection
    Jacquelyn D. Serwer, PhD, Chief Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture
    Rhea Combs, PhD, Museum Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • The How Things Fly Design Hangar, A New Maker Space at the National Air and Space Museum
    Michael Hulslander, Manager of Onsite Learning, National Air and Space Museum
  • Transforming the West Wing
    Judy Gradwohl, Director of Education and Outreach, National Museum of American History
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives
    Nora Lockshin, Paper Conservator, Smithsonian Institution Archives
  • Time Covers the 1960s: Exhibition Tour and Travel Opportunities
    Jim Barber, Historian, National Portrait Gallery
    Claire Kelly, Head of Exhibitions, National Portrait Gallery
    Marlene Harrison, Traveling Exhibitions Specialist, National Portrait Gallery
  • Open F|S: A Digital Journey at the Freer and Sackler Galleries
    Courtney O'Callaghan, Chief Digital Officer, Freer and Sackler Galleries
Wooing a New Generation: Making the Millennial Connection
To 3D or Not to 3D? Bridging the Digital Divide
Peer to Peer: Building a Community of Practice Across the Affiliate Network
Hour of Code Kids
Image courtesy of The Pinhead Institute


Championing Your Brand: The Value of Marketing What You Do with What You Have
Innovating the "M" in STEM: Engaging Youth in Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, and Economics
Smithsonian Affiliate Membership: The Gift that Keeps Giving
Every Place is a "Place of Invention"- What's Your Story?




Support for the 2015 online registration and mobile app provided by

Smithsonian Institution and MassMutual Foundation
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Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas
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