As a museum educator with experience in art and public history museums, I’m interested in the vital conversations and connections folks make between their present concerns, and the art or history stories on view in shared cultural spaces. In museums, we work with the premise that by exploring and discussing art and artifact we can re-vision our present and future, and there is a power in that imagination, one that connects to social issues. By doing that thinking and imagining in public, with other people we didn’t carefully select to be in our networks—on a group tour, or at a public program—we can cultivate and tap into an openness to listening to other points of view. The CHI is special place that does this kind of work with new scholarship, crossing disciplinary boundaries in interesting ways, and coming at important questions about humanity, equity, justice, and narrative. I’m excited to work with the CHI to hone in on the questions that need answers, and connect CHI programs with the other arts and humanities work in museums and cultural organizations around Amherst.