Linda Norris is Senior Specialist, Methodology and Practice at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC). She facilitates connections and builds the capacity of members and other organizations in the work of using the past to create a more just future. ICSC is s the only global network of historic sites, museums, and memory initiatives that connects past struggles to today’s movements for human rights.
At the Coalition, Linda has spearheaded projects such as the re-interpretation of Maison des Esclaves, Africa’s first World Heritage Site; the community-based development of public art prototypes by Indigenous artists in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and body-mapping training for the War Childhood Museum in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As the co-author of Creativity in Museum Practice, Linda is an international thought leader in facilitating conversation and action surrounding the ways creativity can transform museums, shape more compelling narratives, and create deeper, more inclusive community connections. She has also written for publications such as Museum, Exhibitionist, and History News.
Linda holds an MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and an AB from Cornell University. She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2009 and continues her involvement with the Ukrainian cultural sector. Before joining ICSC in 2017, Linda was an independent museum and heritage consultant, working on interpretive projects and capacity-building efforts with museum colleagues throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Ukraine, Romania, Albania, and the Baltics.
She represents ICSC in international museum and heritage contexts. In 2019, she presented sessions at ICOM Kyoto and has been featured at conferences in locations such as Estonia, Ukraine, Sierra Leone, and Turkey. She appeared on the Museopunks podcast, “A new definition of museum?” and facilitates webinars for ICSC on a wide variety of topics.