In the Loop

Museums Challenge Symposium

  • Date & Time
    • Sunday, February 16, 2020 5:00pm to 8:00pm

      Reception at the Wooly

    • Monday, February 17, 2020 8:30am — through
      Tuesday, February 18, 2020 5:00pm


  • Cost
    • Free
  • Description

    In 2000, the University of Florida established a graduate program in Museum Studies. In the last twenty years, museums and museum professions have undergone critical transformations. To mark the twentieth anniversary of the program and the radical changes in Museum Studies and museums, UF is convening a symposium to examine the history and future of museums and museum professionals challenging ideas and practices in order to shape transformational knowledge and experiences.

    We are excited to have the following keynote speakers for the symposium:
    1. Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
    2. Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Vice President, STEM Equity and Education, Science Museum of Minnesota.
    3. Sean Kelly, Senior Vice President, Director of Interpretation, Eastern State Penitentiary History Site (ESP)
    4. Laura Lott, President and CEO, American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

    This symposium celebrates the work of museums, Museum Studies, and our communities over the past twenty years. In doing so, this program looks to the future as we work together for a more just and equitable world.


    February 16 | 5 - 8 p.m.
    5 p.m. Reception at the Wooly 

    February 17 | 9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    8:30 a.m. Registration
    12:15 p.m. Lunch
    5 p.m. Closing remarks 

    February 18 | 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
    8:30 a.m. Registration
    12:15 p.m. Lunch
    4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks 

  • Venue
    Smathers Library
    Room #
    1508 Union Road
    FL 32611
    Smathers Library Website