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Informal Discussion with the President of the National Hellenic Museum of Chicago Dr. Laura Calamos Nasir: “The Museum as a Boundary Spanning Organization”

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John S. Latsis Foundation; Program in Modern Greek Studies, UIUC; School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL); European Union Center (EUC); Russian East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC); Spurlock Museum.
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
Apr 5, 2017   3:00 - 4:30 pm  
Laura Calamos Nasir, Interim President, the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago
Free and open to the public
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Dr. Laura Calamos Nasir enjoys working as a boundary spanner, serving to bridge numerous professional disciplines and partnerships in daily practice. As the Interim President of the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago, Illinois, she first came to the museum as a strategic advisor then trustee, then executive manager on staff.  Taking a fresh approach to this position, she uses her experiences as a community educator, primary care nurse, professor and ethnographer to uncover the opportunities to increase understanding, improve service delivery and facilitate change.

Building trust between all the stakeholders of a museum—from board to staff to community members—is about hearing what is most important from each perspective, and building meaningful links.  In this talk, Laura will explore the realities of positioning a museum and cultural institution as a learning organization, while at the same time honoring heritage and facing a complex future.

Dr. Laura Calamos Nasir earned her Ph.D. from King’s College London, England and she holds a postgraduatecertificate in academic practice. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with special teaching interests inlifelong learning, online delivery and experiential education.

As an author, university lecturer and esteemed conference speaker across North America, Africa and Europe, Laura is internationally recognized for teaching advanced communication skills, teamwork and leadership. She has been on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2003, and recently joined the adjunct faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Engaging interdisciplinary groups every day, she works to develop meaningful processes in the co-creation of shared, continuous learning cultures, at work and in the community.


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