This year’s presenters include:
- Keynote and Panel Presenter: Annie Polland, Vice President of Programs and Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum is on the cutting edge of museum education and dialogic interpretation as a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. For more on Dr. Polland and the Tenement Museum’s new exhibit at 103 Orchard Street, check out a recent Q & A from the Tenement Museum. She will present the Keynote at PubComm 2017, and will lead the “Using the Past to Orient the Future: Public History for Philly Schools,” panel with Monica Montgomery and Ismael Jimenez.
Follow her on Twitter @anniepolland.
- Workshop and Panel Presenter: Ismael Jimenez, Organizer of the Philly Education Black Lives Matter Week of Action
Ismael Jimenez is a Philadelphia educator whose work with the Caucus of Working Educators Racial Justice Committee and the Philadelphia Black History Collaborative was instrumental in organizing the Philly Education Black Lives Matter Week of Action (#BLMPhlEd) in January of 2017. Over 100 schools participated in the initiative, setting into motion the Caucus’ declaration that “purposeful action needs to be taken in order to eliminate the adverse outcomes derived from perpetual structural racism evident in public education.” He will present a workshop entitled “The Importance of the Counter Narrative” at PubComm 2017 as well as lead a panel, “Using the Past to Orient the Future: Public History for Philly Schools,” with Monica Montgomery and Annie Polland.
- Workshop Presenter: Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President and Director of Interpretation and Public Programming at Eastern State Penitentiary
Whether engaging visitors on the current problem of mass incarceration with the AASLH-award-winning The Big Graph or removing the word “neutral” from the site’s mission statement, Sean Kelley’s innovative work at Eastern State Penitentiary has transformed the institution into a historic site that expressly connects issues of the past to those of the present. He will lead a workshop entitled “Beyond Neutrality at Eastern State Penitentiary” at PubComm 2017.
- Panel Presenter: Monica Montgomery, Founding Director & Chief Curator of the Museum of Impact and Strategic Director of Museum Hue
Monica O. Montgomery is an international keynote, graduate professor, museum director and cultural entrepreneur, curating media and museums to be in service to society. She recently spoke at TedX Charlottesville on ‘How to be an Upstander’ and is the winner of 2016 Arts Entrepreneurship Award from Fractured Atlas. She is the founding director and chief curator of Museum of Impact, the world’s first mobile social justice museum, inspiring action at the intersection of art, activism, self and society. She curates Museum of Impact’s traveling exhibits, examining current events, creative resilience, human rights and social movements.
Additionally, Monica is the Strategic Director of Museum Hue, a multicultural platform advocating diversity, inclusion and advancing people of color, in arts, culture museums and creative economy. As a sought after public speaker and coach for executives and career changers, she frequently trains leaders and and partners with universities and museums to facilitate diversity, leadership and equity initiatives. Monica is an alumna of Temple University and LaSalle University, with degrees in Public Relations and Communication. She is an adjunct professor at Harvard University, holding leadership positions in American Alliance of Museums, Museums As Sites of Social Action and AMA UK. She is a dynamic empowerment speaker, educator and facilitator who keynotes at conferences throughout Europe and America. She will lead a panel at PubComm 2017 entitled “Using the Past to Orient the Future: Public History for Philly Schools” with Ismael Jimenez and Annie Polland.
- Workshop Presenter: Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian-in-residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
As the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Wikipedian-in-residence, Mary Mark Ockerbloom acts as a community coordinator and liason to CHF and other institutions, promoting the history of science and accessibility of archival source material. A champion of women writers and scientists, she also coordinates Wikipedia edit-a-thons in the Philadelphia area. She will lead a workshop entitled “Avoiding the Seven Deadly Sins of Wikipedia: Understanding and Working with Wikipedia Culture” at PubComm 2017.
- Workshop Presenter: Ginevra Shay, Artistic Director at Baltimore’s The Contemporary
The Contemporary is a nomadic, non-collecting art museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Their mission expands the idea of a museum as an incubator that commissions site-specific and subject-oriented projects. They engage diverse audiences and advance contemporary art through projects, educational programming, and artists resources. The Contemporary’s work is inspired by three guiding principles: artists matter, collaboration is key, and audience is everywhere.
During her time at The Contemporary, Ginevra has commissioned Victoria Fu’s “Bubble Over Green” in an old Brutalist bank; Abigail DeVille’s “Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars” in the former Peale Museum; and most recently Michael Jones McKean’s “The Ground” in the former Hutzler Brothers Palace Department Store. She is the site finder, primary historical researcher, archivist, and a curatorial brain for the organization.
Through her work at The Contemporary and in collaboration with a small staff she helps to advance the organization’s mission by connecting dots, sharing resources, collapsing hierarchies, and dismantling passive engagement. She will lead a workshop entitled “Dismantling Power and Passive Engagement: Free Programming, Sharing Space, and Providing Resources” at PubComm 2017.
- Workshop Presenter: Bob Skiba, Curator of Collections at the John J. Wilcox Archives at the William Way LGBT Community Center
Bob Skiba is the Curator of Collections at the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives at the William Way Community Center, the largest LGBT collection in the Philadelphia area. He has also served as the President of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides from 2010 to 2015 and is the co-author of two books on Philadelphia history: “Lost Philadelphia” and “Philadelphia Then and Now.”
Bob has worked for the last 10 years documenting and presenting Philadelphia’s LGBT history and culture. Even within a minority like the LGBT community, there is a struggle to include everyone – Asians, African-Americans, Latinos, women, the elderly and trans folks. His workshop at PubComm 2017, “Hearing Every Voice,” will explore the challenges we face in making sure that we value, document and tell the stories of the minorities within this minority.
- Workshop Presenter: Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections at Temple University
Margery Sly manages Temple’s Special Collections Research Center, which includes the Contemporary Culture Collections and Urban Archives. In her role as Director, Ms. Sly has fostered the growth of Temple’s collections pertaining to social activism and civil rights, including the Civil Rights in a Northern CIty and Occupy Philadelphia Archives projects, and she recently collected protest signs from the Women’s March on Philadelphia. She will present a workshop entitled “Archives for the People: Documenting Counterculture and Community” at PubComm 2017.
Find Temple’s Special Collections Research Center on Twitter @SCRCTemple