In celebration of International Museum Day 2018, the Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society presents Connections Through Collections: The Future of Museums.

Dr. Dean Oliver, Director of Research at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, will address the creation of compelling, respectful narratives in a museum setting, and how museums can create and maintain focus on their publics. The traditional roles museums have played – collecting things and displaying them for educative purposes – are merely the starting points for modern museology. Empathy, relevance, and creative engagement are critical too, and – increasingly – the challenges and opportunities that come from demographic and social change, technological innovation, and the uncertainty of the unknown. Museums are value propositions, so what value will they offer people in a world of bewildering social choices? And how will the new Royal Alberta Museum create new connections through its collections, and be a leader for museums of the future?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Doors at 6:00 PM, Program at 7:00 PM

Betty Andrews Recital Hall, Allard Hall, MacEwan University

11110 104 Avenue NW

Reception  to Follow

About Dr. Dean Oliver

Dr. Oliver joined the Canadian Museum of History in 2013, after nearly 14 years at the Canadian War Museum, the last 10 as director of research and exhibitions. His most recent book (with J. L. Granatstein), The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History, won the annual Charles P. Stacey Award for the best book published on Canadian military history.

Dean Oliver holds a PhD in History from York University and has taught History, Political Science and International Security. A long-time contributor to the Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs and founding editor of the Studies in Canadian Military History monograph series, he is a well-known writer, lecturer and media commentator.

This event is made possible with the generous support of MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management program.

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