Focused on the progressive philosophy of John Dewey, this research considers how museum-facilitated dialogue can transform university students (and campus communities in general) into more well-rounded and charitable citizens. We need more people who can resolve conflict in respectful ways, and the university is one of the best places to teach those skills. A democratic society relies on dialogue, and the 21st century museum can be a great model of democracy. The presentation will trace themes of museum practice and transformational leadership studies, and will explore ways university museums can contribute to democratic society. Recommendations will consider strategies and past examples from the broader museum field that can inform decision-making within university museum administrations.
Trey Crumpton, Exhibits Development Manager, Mayborn Museum Complex, Baylor University