I’ve had countless great debates with conservators at AIC, but I think they’ve usually happened outside in the hallway, over coffee, dinner, or drinks.
This is year that all changes.
For the first time ever, at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Albuquerque I’ll be moderating the Great Debate at AIC. This is a modified Oxford-Style Debate that will feature two tough topics that will be debated by the best and brightest minds in the field of conversation today. (I got the idea from seeing it at the Annual Meeting for Museum Computer Network; you can watch one of those debates here.)
An Update & Important Note: I have placed debaters on one side or the other arbitrarily! The side they are arguing from may not actually be the side they truly believe. This was done in an attempt to surface the best argument from both sides.
So, without further ado, here are the topics and the teams set to do battle:
First Statement: Publishing accurate and complete “how-to guides” for conservation and restoration treatments online is the best way for us to care for cultural heritage in the 21st century.
- Karen Pavelka
- Paul Messier
- Mary Striegel
- Scott Carrlee
- Victoria Montana Ryan
- Matt Skopek
Second Statement: Having conservators perform treatments in the gallery is the most successful way to generate funding for museums and raise awareness about the profession.
- Vanessa Muros
- Kristen Adsit
- Camille Myers Breeze
- Suzanne Davis
- Hugh Shockey
- Sharra Grow
To make the debate successful we’ll need lots of help from a highly engaged audience. And I don’t mean just to cheer on your favorite team, we need you to participate in the Great Debate at AIC!
There will be a significant amount of time in the debate in which members of the audience will get to ask each team questions to which they have to respond. Plus, the audience will decide who wins the debate.
The goal of the Great Debate is to create a new forum at the Annual Meeting that encourages meaningful discussions and provides conservators the opportunity to demonstrate their capacity to address challenging issues directly, openly, and in a fun way.
So be sure to come out on Friday the 11th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm to see your colleague do battle on stage in front of a lively audience. I know I’m bias, but this is going to be the most fun you’ll have at the Annual Meeting this year!