“Empathetic Museums, Empathetic Schools” a presentation by Dr. Emlyn Koster, and Dr. Elif Gokcigdem – Newseum, Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2016)

On the invitation of Dr. Emlyn Koster, Director of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (former director of the Liberty Science Center, NY), and Donna Gaffney, DNSc, FAAN (Chairperson, For Action Initiative; Advisory Board Member (2002-2012), Families of September 11), I’ve had the privilege of sharing the platform with Dr. Koster to present the concept of “empathy-building through museums” at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The presentation titled “Empathetic Museums, Empathetic Schools” was hosted as part of the Newseum Teacher Open House, celebrating the inauguration of their new online curriculum “Freedom in the Balance,” which is based on the original curriculum developed by the For Action Initiative and the Liberty Science Center in the aftermath of 9/11. 700 teachers from Washington, D.C. area signed up for the open house, and the empathy-building through museums presentation reached nearly 300 people. For more information regarding this presentation please contact: greatolivetree@gmail.com

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