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In collaboration with the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME), a Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums. 


Live 90-minute webinar

Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions

Thursday, December 14, 2017
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Violent murders, rampant xenophobia, homophobia, racism, and gender and economic injustices vibrate around us. Is there a way that exhibitions can create spaces that authentically address these issues in all of their moral messiness without rushing to feel-good emotions, harmony or even empathy? Can there be space for outrage? An exploration of four sites that are innovating to startle, puzzle, enrage, delight, surprise, and evoke outrage will offer critical examples and challenges for creating exhibits that invite marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives and that give visitors an opportunity to explore a full range of issues and emotions. Find out how you can design for outrage in your institution.

Who Should Attend

This webinar will benefit anyone involved in exhibition planning and development who wishes to learn how to improve and expand their professional practice.

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in the program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Identify practical design tools to engage visitors in the moral messiness of today's violent times with a range of emotions from empathy to outrage
  • Prepare staff and administration to authentically host a place of disruption and controversy without it becoming co-opted, sanitized, or shut down
  • Create a learning community of practitioners focused on exploring disruption, emotion, and controversy as engagement approaches in exhibits & programs


  • Barbara Lau, director, Pauli Murray Project, Duke Human Rights Center/Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Jennifer Scott, director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum; faculty, Museum and Exhibition Studies Graduate Program, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Suzanne Seriff, faculty, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin


  • Greg Stevens, director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums


  • Free: Staff of Alliance Tier 3 Museum Members
  • $25: Staff of Alliance Tier 2 Museum Members, Ally Members, Industry Partner members and Individual members
  • $50: Staff of Alliance Tier 1 Museum members and Non-members*

You will receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours. Webinar access instructions will be sent via email closer to the live event.

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“Webinar Watch and Talk” Events 

The following institutions will be hosting webinar “watch and talk” events in conjunction with this program. If you are in or near one of these locations, we invite you to join colleagues for a no-cost learning and networking opportunity. Events consist of:

  • 30 minutes of pre-webcast networking
  • 90-minute live webcast
  • 60 minutes of post-webcast facilitated discussion or activity. 

See details below for times, locations and RSVP information. Please note: there is no fee for attending a local event, but space at some locations is limited and RSVP is required. Attendees at local events will not have access to the program recording post-event. Parking fees and transportation are not included in local events. 

If you are interested in hosting a Watch and Talk event, please find information and online form here: If you have any questions about hosting, contact Greg Stevens, The deadline to sign up as a host is December 1.

North Carolina


Ashville Art Museum
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Contact Host for more information: Kristi McMillian

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About NAME

The National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) is one of the Professional Networks of the American Alliance of Museums. NAME seeks to enhance the cultural landscape by advancing the value and relevance of exhibitions through dialogue among individuals, museum leaders and the public. NAME promotes excellence and best practices, identifies trends and recent innovations, provides access to resources, promotes professional development, and cultivates leadership.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.