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Essential Engagement: Dialogic Interpretation

As museums seek to engage and fulfill audiences in an increasingly complex society, dialogue is a key tool that is taking museum education into the future. Engaging the public in contentious conversations is not easy, but it is often necessary. This multi-day course provides instruction in facilitated dialogue, an intentional, structured process that allows visitors to interact with site content and with one another in profound new ways. This training will help staff and volunteers in museums, historic sites and other public spaces create dynamic centers for community engagement through training grounded in the work of thought leaders, educators and human rights advocates around the world. Delivered by International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (https://www.sitesofconscience.org/), the only global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. The Coalition has trained over 10,000 professionals from across the globe in dialogue since this program premiered in 2012. Participants will learn the technique of facilitated dialogue, an intentional, structured process that allows visitors to interact with site content and with one another in profound new ways. As museums seek to engage and fulfill audiences in an increasingly complex society, dialogue is a key tool that is taking museum education into the future. Learning Objectives • Clarify the characteristics of effective dialogue • Examine and apply the Arc of Dialogue model • Share facilitation leadership styles and techniques to engage visitors in dialogue • Identify the competencies and functions of facilitators • Model dialogue experiences • Use the Arc of Dialogue as a tool for developing effective dialogue programs • Pilot attendee-written dialogue programs and provide feedback Target Audience museum educators, public programmers, interpreters, interpretive planners, and those who manage and train front-line interpretive staff at museums

Ontario Science Centre

Mar 20-22, 2018

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