This paper explores some of the ways in which academic museums navigate politically charged conversations on campus, specifically addressing public programs, curatorial strategies, and administrative brokering. The authors discuss the complexities of collaboration and academic freedom when tackling such sensitive topics, and discuss lessons learned from a recent exhibition case study. This text is largely adapted from a panel presentation first delivered at the 2018 Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) Annual Conference at the University of Miami.
Original publication February 7, 2019 using a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: Hadley, Craig, Alexandra Chamberlain. "Charged Spaces: Navigating Complex Exhibition Content for University Audiences," The Museum Review Vol. 4, no. 1 (2019). http://articles.themuseumreview.org/tmr_vol4no1_hadleychamberlain