CLACS Alumni Profile: Franklin Moreno

Franklin MorenoCLACS Alum Franklin Moreno is the Schools Programs Manager at El Museo del Barrio, where he has worked since 2009.  El Museo del Barrio is a Latino cultural institution dedicated to promoting Latin American and Caribbean art and culture.

He was recently accepted to a PhD program in Human Development and Education at UC Berkeley, where he will be studying Cognition and Development with Elliot Turiel.

“I feel that museums offer so much, and have been creating spaces to approach education in a more flexible ways.  I’m trying to better understand the ways our minds develop to better understand trauma and education, and then connect that to museum practices,” he says.

At CLACS, Franklin’s research focused on museum studies and El Salvador. His thesis looked at El Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE), where he explored the role of the museum in relation to post-war conflict and social and psychological trauma. He graduated from CLACS in January 2011.

He says his experiences at CLACShelped shape his career and future research.

“I am still working out a lot of ideas that came out of my time at CLACS, and  drawing on work by some of the authors I read,” he says.

Originally from Los Angeles, Franklin received a B.A. in Art History to San Francisco State University.  He says he chose the dual M.A. in CLACS and Museum Studies because he wanted to work with Néstor García Canclini who was a visiting professor that year.

On what he liked best about being a CLACS student, he said he enjoyed working with an international group of students.

“It was a very formative experience.  People weren’t just coming at it from the U.S. perspective, and it was helpful to hear a global perspective, and to ask different questions,” he says.

Read more CLACS Alumni updates on the CLACS blog, or visit the CLACS website to learn more about our MA programs.

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