CLACS 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.
El Museo del Barrio - Photo by gfhdickinson on Flickr
On February 3rd East Harlem came together at El Museo del Barrio to explore the relationship between East Harlem and immigration. The event was coordinated by the education department of El Museo in collaboration with parent coordinators and school administrators in East Harlem. This event was the first part of a two-session program including a screening of Los Que Se Quedan, a 2008 documentary about families sharing their stories of loved ones leaving to the United States. The event was organized as a part of CLACS’s K-12 Outreach program and as part of the Indocumentales film series, co-founded by CLACS, Cinema Tropical, and what moves you?
Following the film, parents were encouraged to share their thoughts on the film. In particular, the group discussed elements of religious or family tradition they maintain today that are rooted in their place of origin.
“The discussion allowed the attendees to reflect on memories, traditions, and icons that have accompanied their own family trajectories,” says Jen Lewis, CLACS Assistant Director.