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Simmons University - School of Management M501/502

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From Community to Curriculum: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education

2019 Allen Smith Symposium

Symposium & Panel Discussions: Friday, April 12, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Working Groups: Saturday, April 13, 9:00am - 1:00pm

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Over the past decade, archival concerns have increasingly focused on social issues as records professionals recognize and confront the responsibilities and challenges of documenting a complex global and digital society. Although such issues as social justice, community engagement, inclusive access and documenting marginalized populations have predominated in the archival literature, they have yet to be fully translated into archives education curriculum. Bringing together archival educators and practitioners, this symposium seeks to begin a discussion about creating an archival curriculum that addresses contemporary societal needs while at the same time honoring traditional archival theory and that explores theoretical frameworks, methodologies and best practices for teaching archives in a socially conscious environment.

Panelists and moderators include:

Peter Botticelli
Michelle Caswell
Janet Ceja
Michele Cloonan
Richard Cox
Jennifer Douglas
Andrew Flinn
Leisa Gibbons
Stanley Griffin
Alex Poole
Ricardo Punzalan
Rebecka Sheffield
Tonia Sutherland
Katherine Wisser
Beth Yakel
Jane Zhang

Panel topics include:

  • What is a professional archivist today? Is there still a clear professional identity?
  • Does traditional Western archival theory and practice continue to meet the record-keeping and documenting needs of an increasingly multi-cultural and digital society that honors cultural difference?
  • How deeply should archival curriculum go towards supporting students who are interested in social justice?
  • How do educators translate the compelling global issues of today - social justice, community engagement, inclusive access, under- documented populations - into archives education curriculum?
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