Linda Norris, Adjunct Faculty
Linda Norris is the Global Networks Program Director at the International Coalition of Historic Sites of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums, and memory initiatives connecting past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and social justice.
As an independent museum professional, for more than twenty years, she facilitated conversation and action about the ways creativity can transform museums, shape more compelling narratives and create deeper, more inclusive community connections. She is the co-author, with Rainey Tisdale, of Creativity in Museum Practice and blogs at The Uncataloged Museum. Linda was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2009 and continues work in that region. In 2016 she facilitated a series of museum practice seminars in Latvia. She served as a senior expert reporting on the state of Ukraine’s cultural heritage sector for the Culture and Creativity Project of the EU-Eastern Partnership Programme, also in 2016.
In the United States and Canada, Linda brought her curiosity and passion to transformative work with museums, historic sites, and other organizations and businesses. For example, her clients have included the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut, the Sir William Coaker Foundation in Newfoundland, Canada, the American Swedish Institute, the American Association for State and Local History, and Context Travel, a global travel company. She has led teams in re-interpretation of historic sites and coordinated exhibition projects from concept to installation.
In addition to Creativity in Museum Practice, Linda has written articles for Exhibition, History News, Museums and Social Issues, and publications in Ukraine. She is a frequent keynoter and conference presenter, most recently having keynoted the Midwest Museums Conference and shared her failures in the session, “Mistakes Were Made,” at the 2016 AAM meeting.
Linda holds an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and an undergraduate degree in American History from Cornell University. She is an adjunct instructor in the Johns Hopkins University’s online Museum Studies Program, teaching International Experiments in Community Engagement. From upstate New York, her museum career began at age 14 with the local historical society. Before establishing her consulting business, Linda was director of the Upstate History Alliance and the Delaware County Historical Association where her innovative, community-based work won state and national awards.