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Annual Conference Spotlight: Keynote Speaker Lynn Dierking

Tuesday, September 20, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Annual Conference Spotlight:

Keynote Speaker Lynn Dierking



Stephen Ashton, Ph.D.

Director of Audience Research and Development

Thanksgiving Point Institute


I first heard about Lynn Dierking about six years ago. I was partway through my master’s program, and I was interested in studying exhibit design for family-oriented exhibits. I was brand new in the museum field and wanted to learn as much as I could. Through my investigations I kept running across the same name: Lynn Dierking. Her name was everywhere! I quickly discovered that Lynn is at the forefront of museum research; she is an expert in family learning, lifelong learning, and free choice learning.


Lynn has authored and coauthored several books, including The Museum Experience and the updated The Museum Experience Revisited, Learning from Museums: Visitor Experiences and the Making of Meaning, In Principle, In Practice: Museums as Learning Institutions, Lessons Without Limit: How Free-Choice Learning is Transforming Education, and a new one that comes out on July 1, 2016, titled Museums and Families: Being of Value.


Currently Lynn works as a Sea Grant Professor in Free-Choice STEM Learning in the Colleges of Science & Education at Oregon State University. She has published extensively and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship and Afterschool Matters.


In 2006, with her husband John Falk, who also happens to be a well-known and respected museum expert, Lynn was recognized as one of the 100 most influential museum professionals from the past 100 years from the American Alliance of Museum (AAM). In 2010 AAM awarded Lynn and John with their highest honor by granting them the John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership.


I’ve had the opportunity to chat with Lynn on a number of occasions. She is absolutely delightful! She’s one of the friendliest, kindest, and most gracious people that you will ever meet. I’m thrilled that Lynn Dierking, a personal museum hero of mine, will be able to join us at UMA this year! I think we are all in for a great treat.


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