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Elaine Heumann Gurian

Museums in a Post-COVID Age

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Hear from Elaine Heumann Gurian, a leading thinker in the museum field, about the critical shift of museums into a post-COVID age. 

Elaine Heumann Gurian is one of the foremost thinkers in the museum field today—her more than 50 years of experience as a museum director, senior advisor, teacher, lecturer, and writer inform her ideas about growth and change in museums around the globe. In this lecture, she calls on the profession to help visitors experience their shared humanity and respond to social conditions in order to make museums more central and useful to everyone as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.

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Ms. Gurian’s visit is sponsored by the Museum Education and Administration Specialization in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy; the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts; the Wexner Center for the Arts; and the Columbus Museum of Art.

About the Speaker

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Elaine Heumann Gurian is a consultant/advisor to many museums and visitor centers that are beginning, building or reinventing themselves. In the past she has worked as a senior consultant to the following projects (a partial list); the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Jewish Museum, Berlin, the Exploratorium, the City of London, UK, the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Australia, the Museum of the Resistance, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, the National Discovery Museum, Thailand, National Museum of Australia, CIRMA, the National Archive of Guatemala, Te Papa; the National Museum of New Zealand, the Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg Sweden, and the Dubai Municipality Children’s Museum, Dubai, UAE. In 2006, Routledge published her work, Civilizing the Museum: The Collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian. She is editor for the volume. Institutional Trauma: The Effect of Major Change on Museum Staff.

Elaine Heumann Gurian holds a B.A. in art history from Brandeis University and an M.Ed. in elementary education and art education from State College at Boston.

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