Given all the challenges facing our global society today, should the museum community direct our resources and energies to tackle the worldâ€™s great problems, and if so, where do we begin? Â Can ourÂ efforts inÂ research, education, collaboration, or public service (or something else?) really make a difference in the face of issues ranging from hurricanes and earthquakes to war or the loss of indigenous cultures?Â
This topic will be the focus of a keynote session at the Affiliations conference on Monday June 14 at 1:30pm in Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History.Â Â CristiÃ¡n Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History and Johnnetta B. Cole, Director of the National Museum of African Art will offer their insights on how a natural history museum and an art museum are addressing these issues and preparing for the challenges that lie ahead.Â
We want to share examples from Affiliateland, and ask any questions you may have.Â Â Should museums try to save the world?
For more information about the 2010 Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference, click here.