Future of Museums
Museums are being recognized as important catalysts for social and political engagement. Embedded in a political landscape that is increasingly being called into question by the public and fueled by an era of "fake news" and distorted facts, museums are being challenged to move away from assuming neutral and benign positions on controversial topics toward advocacy positions to become reliable and trusted forums for communicating on public discourse. This session explores the emerging interface between public discourse and the changing roles of museums through the topic of climate change. Through diverse museums, panelists will consider the challenges and opportunities this movement poses for the future of museums.