October Conferences Roundup

As we settle into the new academic year, be sure to check out some professional development opportunities around the city. Below are upcoming conferences around in and around New York City for the upcoming month.

J. Irwin Miller Symposium: “Aesthetic Activism”
Thu – Sat, Oct 13 – 15
Yale School of Architecture; New Haven, CT
Free; must register by October 10

This symposium explores emerging positions that cast aesthetics as the primary discourse for social, ecological, and political engagement. An interdisciplinary group of philosophers, scholars, media theorists, artists, curators, and architects will speculate on how a reignited discourse on aesthetics is prompting new insights into our relationships with not only objects, spaces, environments, and ecologies, but also with each other and political structures in which we are all enmeshed.


Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future
Fri – Sun, Oct 14 – 16
Lincoln Theatre; Washington, D.C.
Student Pass $50

Creative Times 2016 Summit offers a platform for citizen-led strategies and grassroots movements that are working within, as well as disrupting, electoral politics. As we work to push forward the ideals of human rights in practice, what does it mean to actually occupy power in a future as yet unwritten?


The Socially Responsive Museum
Fri – Sun, Oct 14 – 16
Teachers College, Columbia University; New York, NY
Students, Educators and Artists: $25
NYCMER, Museum of Impact and Museum Hue Members: $20

This three-day symposium will focus on the evolving relationship of museums and communities, in particular those that have been traditionally underrepresented in these institutions. Presentations, panel discussions, spontaneous dialogue, and workshops will illuminate various ways in which museums and communities influence and respond to each other, collaborate, and together construct productive models for learning, experiencing, and creating.


Amending America: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
Fri, Oct 21
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House; New York, NY
The National Archives and Records Administration presents a National Conversation on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality at the National Archives at New York. Keynote speaker Anna Eleanor Roosevelt will discuss the current state of women’s rights and gender equality in the United States.


Uncommon Approaches to Cultural Education
Thu, Oct 27
Hofstra University Museum; Long Island, NY

Join museum educators from the Long Island Children’s Museum, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, South Street Seaport Museum, and the Hyde Collection as they discuss best practices for utilizing cultural organizations as part of curriculum-based learning. Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Education and the New York State Education Department.


Afterlives: Place, Memory, Story
Fri, Oct 28, 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
CUNY Graduate Center, Rooms 9205/9206; New York, NY
Free and open to the public

What does it mean for places, objects, people, and stories to have afterlives? How can we restore histories that have been lost? Practitioners from every walk of the field will present on ways they’ve revived history.


NYC Social Justice Curriculum Fair
Sat, Oct 29, 09:00 AM – 04:30 PM
City-As-School; 16 Clarkson Street, New York, NY
Sliding scale $5-20

Join educators from across the city for an inspiring day of dialogue as they share curriculum and ideas for students. Hosted by the MORE (Movement and Rank File Educators), the aim is to look beyond packaged curriculum and test-centric lessons and create spaces that respect student identities and build community.


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