Episode 24: Rights at the Museum with Dina Bailey
In this podcast series we have learned that law and lawyers look back way too much when solving problems. And we have also learned that design thinking encourages us to look ahead to the future when solving problems. So now you might be wondering if Henna and Nina are going back to traditional way of doing law by bringing up museums. Not to worry though, in this episode with Dina Bailey we learn what designers and lawyers could learn from museums and their curators!
Museums and exhibitions are special venues for learning. Museums can use techniques and tools that create immersive, sensory experiences, evoking human emotions and thoughts unlike any other forms of communication. This way museums can effectively promote positive change through learning.
Museums play a key role in enhancing the public’s understanding of human rights and promoting respect to others. Using different tools and techniques, such as storytelling, photos, and interactive displays, museums help us examine the past violations of human rights and remember those who were affected. Exhibitions will leave visitors with more knowledge but also evoke empathy. And empathy plays a key role in preventing future injustices.
Dina Bailey is the CEO of Mountain Top Vision, a consulting company that works with organizations on trainings and strategic initiatives that support more inclusive communities. She has been the Director of Methodology and Practice for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the inaugural Director of Educational Strategies at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Director of Museum Experiences at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and a high school English teacher at Pike High School.
Dina holds a Bachelors in Middle and Secondary Education, a Masters in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation, and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies. She has been an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and at George Washington University; and, she has been published in both the formal education and museum fields. Dina is proud to be the Secretary of the American Association for State and Local History, the DEAI Committee Co-Chair on the board of the American Alliance of Museums, and the Chair of the American Alliance of Museums’ Education Committee.