Dinosaurs and Dioramas
June 13, 2014
Hosted by Carol Bossert
Many of us have fond memories of our first visit to a natural history museum with its imposing dinosaur skeletons, neatly arranged rows of butterflies, and those musty smells. For centuries, scientists explored and understood nature by collecting and cataloguing its stuff. But what role do natural history collections—and the museums that preserve, study, and exhibit them—play in a world where science has moved beyond collecting and naming? In their book, Dinosaurs and Dioramas. Creating Natural History Exhibitions (Left Coast Press, 2014) Sarah Chicone and Richard Kissel assert that natural history museums sit at the corner of science and art and as such have a vital role to play in today’s world.
The Museum Life
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Museums attract millions of visitors and employ thousands. The Museum Life, hosted by Carol Bossert, charts the growth and development of this cultural business. Museum Life showcases leaders in the field who provide perspective on current issue as well as creative thinkers who are impacting the future of museums. The Museum Life is broadcast live every Friday at 7 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
Carol Bossert loves museums. She has spent her career working in and for these important cultural organizations that include traditional collection-based museums, science centers, national parks and visitor centers.
In addition to hosting Museum Life, Carol Bossert maintains an active consulting practice to help cultural institutions, government agencies and corporations engage with their communities through exhibitions and place-based experiences. Her clients include Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, Great Lakes Science Center, International Spy Museum, North Carolina Museum of Natural History, and international clients in China, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Learn more at http://carolbossertservices.com/.
Carol Bossert holds a doctoral degree in biology from the University of Texas-Dallas and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Zoology from DePauw University. She is a graduate of the J. Paul Getty Museum Management Institute and has served professional organizations such as the American Alliance of Museums and National Science Foundation. She is also a member of The Museum Group, an organization of senior professionals in museum practice and Praxis Museum Exhibit Group.
She blogs about museum and civic issues http://carolbossertservices.com/blog/.