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Kira Lacks Assistant Director of College Events Teachers College, Columbia University

Kira Lacks is the Assistant Director of College Events at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, she was the Public Programs Manager at the American Museum of Natural History. Kira has over ten years of program experience producing educational activities for the visiting public in order to highlight temporary exhibitions, enhance community access and increase visitorship. Her focus is on content development of public events with particular expertise in logistical and operational planning. 

Kira holds a B.A. in Art History and Education Studies from Brandeis University, and a M.P.S. in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. She has served as the NYCMER Vice President, and is the current Treasurer.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

#NYCMERReads: Feb Book Club

Where: The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road
Queens, NY

When:6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Host Peer Group: Exhibitions & Interpretation, ELL & Cultural Diversity, Social Justice
Topic of Discussion: Ethics and Social Responsibility in Museums
Date: Tuesday, February 25
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Location: The Noguchi Museum
RSVP: Please RSVP via Eventbrite
Description: How can museums remain as true public spaces for the community, both internally with staff and externally with visitors, within the capitalist and classist society we live in today? Join us to discuss the challenges in building a consistency in ethics within museums, and actionable steps we can take as museum staff. We'll consider the overall contradictions museums face, from funding acquisitions to staff retention, and reflect on how we can create inclusion without sacrificing our values as community spaces.
Reading Choice(s):
On general contradictions with museum ethics:
The Schrödinger's Career of Working in Museums
A New Definition of “Museum” Sparks International Debate

On ethics regarding funding:
Warren Kanders Resigns From Whitney Museum Board After Months of Controversy and Protest

On ethics regarding inclusion:
In Action How Can Museums Become a Home for Newcomers
Inclusion in museums: a matter of social justice

On museums creating spaces for empathy: An excerpt from Interpreting Difficult History

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