New Directions in Museum Ethics: Agenda and Videos

Seton Hall University
Science and Technology Building
Science Center Atrium & Room 101
November 14, 2009

in Affiliation with the Seton Hall University
M.A. Program in Museum Professions

8:30-9:00: Registration/Continental Breakfast

9-9:15: Introduction
Janet Marstine, Director, Institute of Museum Ethics and Assistant Professor, MA Program in Museum Professions, Department of Art, Music and Design

9:15-10:15: Emerging Stakeholders

Moderator: Alexander Bauer
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York, Queens; Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Cultural Property

Student Speakers

  • Josh Gorman, Ph. D., University of Memphis, Tennessee, Universalism and the New Museology: Impacts on the Ethics of Authority and Ownership
  • Jennifer Zazo, M.A., Museum Studies, New York University, Descendent Stakeholders: The African Burial Ground National Monument and the Civic Engagement Initiative
  • Heather Hope Stephens, J.D. candidate, DePaul University College of Law, Walking the Wire: Balancing Moral Rights and the Artist’s Vision after VARA
  • Léontine Meijer-Van Mensch, Ph. D. candidate, Centre for Sociomuseology Studies, Lusófona University, Lisbon, & Paula Assunçãao dos Santos, Ph. D. candidate, University Viadrina, Frankfurt, New Grounds for Analyzing and Teaching Museum Ethics in the Dutch Context

10:15-10:30: Questions

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:30: Keynote speaker
Dr. Glenn Wharton, Conservator, Museum of Modern Art, and Research Scholar, New York University Museum Studies & the Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center: Expanding Representation in Conservation: From Hawaiian Public Sculpture to Media Installations at MoMA

11:30-11:45: Questions

11:45-12:45: Lunch

12:45-1:45: New Arguments
Moderator: Bruce Altshuler
Director, Program in Museum Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University

Student Speakers

  • Jennine Schweighardt, M.A. Museum Professions, Seton Hall University, Ghostbusters at the Museum: Ethics, Transparency and Paranormal-Themed Programming at Historic Sites
  • Peter Brown, M.A. Museum Studies, University of Leicester, Lindow Man: A Bog Body Controversy
  • Walter Lehmann, M.A. candidate, Museum Studies, George Washington University, Contributory Infringement? The Law and Ethics of Acquiring Appropriation Art
  • Chelsea Haines, M.A. Visual Culture Theory, New York University, A New State of the Arts: Developing the Biennial Model as Ethical and Sustainable Art Practice in Post-Katrina New Orleans

1:45-2:00: Questions

2:00-2:15: Break

2:15-3:00: Changing Perceptions

Moderator: Steven Lubar
Professor, American Civilization and History, and Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University

Student Speakers

  • Elizabeth Reilly-Brown, M.A. candidate, Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, & Marisa Day, M.A. candidate, Art History and Museum Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Educational Resource or Commodity? Safeguarding University Art Museum Collections from Deaccession
  • Lydie Diakhaté, M.A. Museum Studies, New York University, When a Voice is Missing, the Example of the Maison Tropicale
  • Amelia Wong, Ph. D. candidate, American Studies, University of Maryland, Finding our Balance: Social Media at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum<

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3:00-3:15: Questions

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-4:30: Roundtable Discussion: New Directions in Museum Ethics Scholarship

  • Bruce Altshuler
    Director, Program in Museum Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University
  • Alexander Bauer
    Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York, Queens; Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Cultural Property
  • Petra Chu
    Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, Director, M.A. Program in Museum Professions, Department of Art, Music and Design, Seton Hall University
  • Juergen Heinrichs
    Associate Professor of Art History, M.A. Program in Museum Professions, Department of Art, Music and Design, Seton Hall University
  • Carlo Lamagna
    Clinical Associate Professor of Art and Art Education, New York University
  • Steve Lubar
    Professor, American Civilization and History, and Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University
  • Janet Marstine
    Director, Institute of Museum Ethics and Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Music and Design, Seton Hall University
  • Dr. Glenn Wharton
    Conservator, Museum of Modern Art, and Research Scholar,
    New York University
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