The Cooperstown Graduate Program is pleased to announce its recent participation in the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museum Studies Convening On October 17, 2016. CGP student Julia Fell accompanied CGP faculty members Gretchen Sullivan Sorin and William S. Walker to the convening in Washington, D.C. to discuss the advancements, challenges, and opportunities facing the Museum Studies field in the 21st century. The Cooperstown Graduate Program was invited to the Convening alongside 22 of the most selective Museum Studies programs in the country, including Harvard University (MA), John F. Kennedy University (CA), New York University (NY), and the Winterthur Program (DE), among others.
Participants at this year’s IMLS Convening engaged in meaningful dialogue about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as critical priorities in education, potential avenues of collaboration between museum training programs, distance-learning, and IMLS funding opportunities reserved for students and faculty in museum training programs. “Attending this convening of museum studies programs confirmed for me that CGP is leading the field – our focus on diversity, cultural competency, and activism is far ahead of the curve” recounts CGP second-year student Julia Fell. Dr. William S. Walker, Associate Professor of History at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, emphasized “These are principles that CGP stands for; we live them here. I’m glad that (the Institute of Museum and Library Services) is interested in museum training and wants to encourage these conversations.”
At the closing of breakout sessions, CGP student Julia Fell was selected to present the conclusions that were reached collectively by student representatives from participating programs at the Convening. Julia says “”It was exciting to be chosen to present to the entire gathering and I felt that I had stepped into a leadership role, just as CGP is a leader in the museum studies field.”