This space was created by the Museum Education Roundtable to expand upon the most recent Journal of Museum Education (JME) issue, reflect on member events, and address timely issues that we face in the field of museum work. We would love your input! Please contact us via Twitter @MusEdRoundtable or via Facebook @MuseumEducationRoundtable with questions, comments, or ideas.

4 x 4: Self-Care and Nature with Mike Murawski

In a new format aimed at incorporating multiple perspectives on current topics in our field, MER introduces “4 x 4” interview, in which we invite four thought leaders to answer four questions related to a chosen theme. This playful approach seeks to navigate pressing topics with the personal touch of a conversation. Our first theme features four approaches to “self-care.” Aligning … Read More

Facing Change: MER’s 2018 Forum

Following each year’s board retreat, the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) hosts an open forum for museum educators. This year, we welcomed Dr. Nicole Ivy to share her experiences creating the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) publication, Facing Change. For reference, you can download Dr. Ivy’s forum slide deck here: . Issued earlier this year, this report reflects the five key … Read More

Looking Inward: Addressing colonialism and racism in museum origin stories and collections (Part 2)

In this second part of our series, Looking Inward, we hear from Guido Gryseels, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Ashley Rogers, and Joe Horse Capture about the logistical side of their work to address racism and colonialism in their museums. In the first post, they shared their vision and interpretive processes. This series responds to the National Geographic’s April, 2018 issue on Race, … Read More

Looking Inward: Addressing colonialism and racism in museum origin stories and collections (Part 1)

For its April, 2018 issue on Race, National Geographic opened the issue with an unusually explicit editorial, titled, “For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It.” As part of this reckoning, they asked historian, John Edward Mason to review their archives and report on how their over a century-old organization has represented people … Read More