Keynote Speakers 2011

Museums Alaska-Alaska Historical Society Joint Annual Conference

September 21 to 24, 2011 in Valdez, Alaska

Museums Alaska Theme: Looking Back, Thinking Ahead

Keynote Speaker: Marjorie Schwarzer,
Author of Riches, Rivals & Radicals, 100 Years of Museums in America,
John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, California

Keynote Address: “Truths, Lies and Myth Busting: Museums on the Cusp”

Marjorie Schwarzer is executive editor of the Museums and Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse published by the University of Washington, Seattle and author of the award-winning book, Riches, Rival and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America, published by the American Association of Museums. A prolific author and seasoned museum professional, she directed the museum studies graduate program at John F. Kennedy University from 1996 – June 2011. She recently helped to found a museum studies preparatory course in the United Arab Emirates and also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Bank Street College in New York. In the 1980s and 1990s, she served in senior level positions at Chicago Children’s Museum and Boston Children’s Museum. She lives with her husband and beloved mutt in Oakland California.

In September 2001, she delivered a keynote address at the Museums Alaska conference in Valdez titled: “Coping and Thriving with Change in Museums.” On the tenth anniversary of that talk – described by Museums Alaska members as “thought provoking,” “very brave” and “inspiring,” she will expand on these themes as they have played out in Alaska in the last decade.

Alaska Historical Society Theme: Northern Waters

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Brinkley, Ph.D.,
Author of The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960
Fellow in history at the Baker Institute and a professor of history at Rice University

Douglas Brinkley, Ph.D., is the fellow in history at the Baker Institute and a professor of history at Rice University. Brinkley’s most recent publications include The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960, “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America” (2009); “The Reagan Diaries” (2007), which he edited; and the New York Times best-seller “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast” (2006), which was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy prize. He is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage, as well as a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly. In a recent profile, the Chicago Tribune deemed him “America’s new past master.” Before Rice University, Brinkley served as professor of history and director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane University. From 1994 to 2005 he was the Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. While a professor at Hofstra University, Brinkley spearheaded the American Odyssey course, in which he took students on cross-country treks on which they visited historic sites and met seminal figures in politics and literature. He also spent a year teaching history at the U.S. Naval Academy and Princeton University. Brinkley completed his bachelor’s degree at The Ohio State University and received his doctorate in U.S. diplomatic history from Georgetown University. He has received honorary doctorates from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.