With over 300 members in more than 65 countries, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience offers unprecedented access to a range of sites and methodologies dedicated to connecting past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. To best share these resources, we offer three webinar series. Recordings of previous sessions are below. To view upcoming sessions, click here.

Conscience Matters Webinar Series

Conscience Matters brings together members, Coalition staff and special guests to probe pressing issues facing Sites of Conscience today and showcase innovative and effective strategies to help members energize their audiences and play a leading role in our global movement for memory.

Human Rights Wiki Project discusses the movement for free knowledge and  strategies for creating engaging Wikipedia entries.

February 14, 2019

Methodology and Practice Director Braden Paynter shares tools to navigate difficult histories through dialogue-based programming.

April 18, 2019

Global Networks Director Linda Norris introduces practical exercises to help Sites of Conscience craft powerful labels for their exhibitions.

July 18, 2019

Members from the Americas examine how symbolic reparations can foster healing related to indigenous and colonial histories.

October 10, 2019

Sites of Conscience from Australia and Nepal explore how art can be used to incorporate women’s stories into official narratives.

March 18, 2020

Members from the US and Germany compare their experiences hosting private events at historic sites that remember traumatic events.

June 5, 2020

Sites of Conscience from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile and Rwanda discuss how to amplify children’s stories to support healing and action.

July 16, 2020

This webinar explores a variety of tools to draw on when comments from visitors or other stakeholders are harmful or elevate tensions.

August 27, 2020

Presented in collaboration with GIJTR, this session considered what an effective truth and justice commission might look like in the United States.

November 12, 2020

In this webinar, learn simple strategies to update your exhibitions and engage your community in the process.

February 25, 2021

Panelists will examine their work and how peace processes can address gendered components of conflict.

March 25, 2021

Panelists discuss the historical roots of discrimination against LGBTQIA+ populations.

June 17, 2021

Learn the ways to engage religious leaders in support of truth-telling, justice, and healing processes.

September 23, 2021

Learn the ways you can avoid and confront problematic language in terms in museum collections and archives.

November 18, 2021

Learn about the renewed Global Responsibility to Protect and ways that communities can take action against discrimination.

December 16, 2021

Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology and Practice, speaks to Sites of Conscience members about environmental justice.

July 21, 2022

Join Linda Norris, Brenda Pipestem, and the four Tulsa-based artists as they discuss their experience with the In Dialogue program.

January 21, 2022

Explore digital mapping to confront impunity, using the Coalition’s MENA Mapping Project (Damirouna) project.

March 31, 2022

Human Rights Wiki Project discute el movimiento por el conocimiento libre y las estrategias para crear atractivas entradas de Wikipedia.

February 15, 2019

Sites of Conscience examine different types of contemporary collecting around civil rights, activism and truth and reconciliation efforts.

May 16, 2019

Coalition Board, staff and members discuss challenges women face in sharing their stories and suggest strategies for overcoming them.

August 28, 2019

Coalition staff and members showcase a variety of evaluation methods focused on creating impactful cultural programs.

November 21, 2019

Director of Development Sara Murphy shares resources and strategies for funding, grant proposals and reporting in challenging times.

April 9, 2020

Four women artists and activists explore landscapes and monuments through indigenous and feminist perspectives.

June 24, 2020

Sites of Conscience from Syria, Turkey, and special guest from Germany talk about their efforts to monitor and offset destructive media outlets.

July 30, 2020

This session shares experiences, techniques, and strategies from Sites of Conscience to support front-line workers during this “new normal.”

September 3, 2020

Migration Museums in Australia, Italy and France discuss the process of rethinking exhibitions to reflect current issues around migration.

December 16, 2020

Using examples from members, presenters will show how Sites of Conscience use histories to spark action.

March 16, 2021

Using examples from past and present, panelists discuss the history between public health and discrimination.

April 15, 2021

In this webinar, hear from Sites of Conscience members from Eurasia about Soviet legacies, truth, nationalism, and more.

July 22, 2021

In this webinar, hear from the six Community Engagement Grant awardees as they share their projects.

October 12, 2021

Hear from the 7 recipients of the Community Engagement Grant “Inter-Religious Understanding Through Graphic Arts”.

November 30, 2021

In this Conscience Matters webinar, join SoC staff as they welcome new members from across the globe and discuss the benefits of membership.

January 11, 2022

In this Conscience Matters webinar, hear from members participating in an 18-month cohort on ways to build social resilience.

February 17, 2022

In this Conscience Matters webinar, learn strategies for navigating security concerns and press restrictions to support transitional justice.

April 21, 2022

Workers’ rights are human rights the world over. Sites of Conscience share their work of connecting the history of labor to contemporary issues of workers’ rights.

September 29, 2022

Sites of Conscience share strategies for foregrounding women’s experiences of trauma, imprisonment, activism and healing.

March 14, 2019

Staff and guests discuss how to strengthen justice and accountability around sexual violence against women. Co-hosted with GAAMAC.

May 29, 2019

Sites of Conscience offer solutions for when their organizational missions are threatened by political agendas or repressive administrations.

September 19, 2019

Involucrar al público en conversaciones difíciles y controvertidas no es fácil, pero a menudo necesario. Encuentra como hacerlo en esta sesión.

January 22, 2020

Communications Director Ashley Nelson showcases media tools for an array of platforms to assist members in advocacy and promotion.

May 13, 2020

A four-hour workshop that supports participants in reimagining or creating new monuments from indigenous and feminist angles.

June 26, 2020

Historians, activists and museum practitioners discuss ways how to transform divisive objects/spaces into ones that support racial equity.

August 26, 2020

Educators from First Nations share experiences and strategies for supporting communities affected by oppression, with a focus on education.

September 24, 2020

ICOM has sought to refine its definition of a museum. Join the Coalition in identifying key words and themes that will be shared with ICOM.

January 21, 2021

Presenters consider dialogue used by Sites of Conscience to examine what is necessary for dialogue to be effective.

March 24, 2021

Hear from Sites of Conscience as they share ways that intangible cultural heritage can strengthen communities.

May 20, 2021

Hear from panelists to learn how body mapping and other art forms have fostered healing around the globe.

August 19, 2021

Learn how CSOs and other non-state actors can foster understanding and action around reparations in post-conflict societies.

October 21, 2021

In this webinar, hear from the recipients of “Virtual Advocacy In Support of Women, Girls, & the LGBTI Community”.

December 10, 2021

In this Conscience Matters webinar, join SoC staff as they welcome new members from across the globe and discuss the benefits of membership.

January 18, 2022

Join SoC staff and members as they discuss ways to support economic empowerment and sustainability through memory work.

March 24, 2022

In this session, we virtually launched “We Are Present: Women’s Histories of Conflict, Courage, and Survival,” our latest virtual publication.

May 26, 2022

In the Asia Pacific, like in other regions of the world, the covid pandemic has exacerbated alarming trends of scapegoating and hate speech against minority groups.

October 12, 2022

Webinar Shorts

Webinar Shorts are weekly, 30- to 45-minute interactive sessions devoted to core elements of Sites of Conscience methodology, member profiles and tools to support self-care and creativity.

Director of Methodology and Practice Braden Paynter offers strategies for engaging staff and visitors in dialogue in digital spaces.

April 29, 2020

Examples of effective memory initiatives from Sites of Conscience across the globe inspire thoughts on COVID-19 and memorialization.

May 20, 2020

Coalition staff and participants converse about different definitions of justice and how each can inform Sites of Conscience.

June 10, 2020

Coalition staff and members share experiences re-opening Sites of Conscience amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

July 8, 2020

Estrategias de diálogo en espacios digitales a medida que se exploran nuevas plataformas para fomentar el cuidado y la comprensión.

July 29, 2020

Casa Memoria José Domingo Cañas comparte acerca de su ardua labor para la protección de derechos humanos en Chile.

August 19, 2020

Applying the Bedchel Test to sites our storytelling gives us a powerful tool to build programming that helps us challenge systems of power. 

September 30, 2020

This session is an introduction to how museums and historic sites can analyze the narratives around them

January 13, 2020

Linda Norris, Senior Specialist in Methodology and Practice, offers tips for responding to hostile online commentary.

March 12, 2021

In this session, you’ll learn specific strategies on ways to help organizational teams manage challenging situations.

April 28, 2021

Ana Edwards, Chair of Sacred Ground, discusses the Project’s mission to expand community understanding of its public history resources.

July 28, 2021

Learn strategies for meaningfully incorporating land acknowledgments into work and life.

September 8, 2021

Learn strategies for avoiding careless commentary and effectively engaging with it when it does occur.

November 3, 2021

Learn the definition and many signs of burnout as well as ways to help prevent it from happening.

February 23, 2022

Sites of Conscience explore how crises like pandemics can lead to expansions or constrictions of civil and human rights.

May 6, 2020

Senior Director of the Coalition’s GIJTR Ereshnee Naidu explains how Sites of Conscience might engage transitional justice in their work.

May 27, 2020

Three Sites of Conscience share music pieces that have had a transformative effect on issues past and present at their organizations.

June 24, 2020

Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center & Cemetery talks about their work preserving and honoring the stories of the Srebrenica Genocide.

July 15, 2020

This session explores how organizations can incorporate the importance of joy into their methodologies with both visitors and staff.

August 5, 2020

In this webinar, Linda Norris, Coalition’s Director of Global Network, shares some concrete tools to help you connect with visitors.

September 9, 2020

This webinar will look at how museums can help grow democracies and give participants a chance to share challenges and opportunities.

October 14, 2020

Join us as we welcome the Maidan Museum to discuss institutional challenges and developments in Ukraine.

January 27, 2021

Guests discuss how community-based initiatives can empower disadvantaged youth and foster brighter futures.

March 24, 2021

This Webinar Short will preview the first global workshop of the Coalition’s 2021 Global Summit. 

May 12, 2021

Hear from Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology, as he shares strategies for engaging staff and visitors in dialogue in digital spaces. 

August 4, 2021

Learn strategies facilitators, activists, and thought leaders can use to deepen conversations at your site or organization.

October 6, 2021

In this Webinar Short, hear from Museu da Pessoa in Brazil to learn about its unique programming and digital exhibitions.

November 10, 2021

The Coalition’s Regional Managers summarize emerging themes related to COVID-19 from members around the world.

May 13, 2020

Staff from the Partition Museum, a Coalition member in India, discusses its oral histories, personal artifacts, and response to COVID-19.

June 3, 2020

Director of Methodology and Practice Braden Paynter examines the complicated role of historic anniversaries in advocacy efforts.

July 1, 2020

Understand how approaching limits as creative constraints can lead to surprising, innovative solutions to the challenges facing us today.

July 22, 2020

Explore tools to support Black creators, identify systemic barriers to business participation, and play a role in addressing access challenges.

August 12, 2020

Ashley Rogers, Executive Director of the Whitney Plantation, talks about the museum’s history, activities, and challenges posed by COVID-19.

September 16, 2020

This session discussed how museums can support ongoing voting in their communities and how they can support a fair tallying of votes.

October 28, 2020

This session will briefly share frameworks for analyzing how museums and historic sites can navigate partisan divides.

February 10, 2021

Learn about the Human Rights Center for Memory and Archives’ efforts to defend human rights in Morocco.

April 21, 2021

This Webinar Short will preview the second global workshop of the Coalition’s 2021 Global Summit. 

July 12, 2021

Hear from Global Networks Program Director, Silvia Fernandez, as she previews the Coalition’s third and final global workshop of 2021.

August 25, 2021

Learn about the National Human Rights Museum in Taiwan and its programming and exhibitions.

October 13, 2021

Learn strategies for ensuring that all members of a community are included in Sites of Conscience programming.

December 1, 2021

Stronger Together: A COVID-19 Webinar Series

Launched in April 2020, Stronger Together supports Sites of Conscience adapt to short- and long-term changes related to COVID-19.

Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology and Practice, facilitates a dialogue on the challenges COVID-19 poses to members.

April 15, 2020

Partners and members discuss the particular hurdles women face during the pandemic and suggest strategies for offering them support.

May 21, 2020

Guests discuss the effect COVID-19 is having on transitional justice and atrocity prevention efforts around the globe. Co-hosted with GAAMAC.

June 18, 2020

Members from Sri Lanka, South Africa and Bosnia and Herzegovina share strategies for helping vulnerable communities during challenging times.

April 23, 2020

Coalition members from Asia and the Middle East analyze the relationship between migration and public health, past and present.

June 4, 2020

Sites of Conscience, offering strategies and examples of effective memorials and memory initiatives that honor loss in times of crisis.

October 8, 2020

Celeste Matross from the Centre for Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa discusses self-care and guides participants in a meditation exercise.

May 11, 2020

Practitioners and advocates discuss grassroots organizing strategies and virtual opportunities for protesting under duress.

June 17, 2020