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Comet Corner Series: Stacey Knepp, PMP, MA '09, presents "Designing Educational Experiences in Museums with Audience Research"


Join us to hear from some of UTD’s "out of this world" alumni as we discuss how they have made #UTDResearchImpact in their communities.  Watch live from any browser on Jan-27:


Wednesday, January 27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST

Stacey Knepp, PMP, MA '09

"Designing Educational Experiences in Museums with Audience Research"


  • ABSTRACT:  When you consider who the most important person at a museum is, does a curator come to mind?  While curators play a critical role in the conceptual thinking, research, and development of museum experiences, the most important people at museums are the people who fill them!  Museums are increasingly investing in research that aims to understand the perspectives of audiences in order to better serve them.  As a project manager at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Stacey Knepp has helped to usher in an audience-focused approach to designing educational experiences.  She will share how this approach gives the time and space for audiences to teach museums how to plan and design their exhibitions in order to improve visitor experience and educational outcomes.


  • FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER:  Stacey Knepp, PMP, MA '09, is a project manager for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, for which she develops strategic plans and manages educational projects anchored in the Museum’s thematic initiatives and special exhibitions. She is a Project Management Institute certified project manager with over a decade of experience managing complex, institutional projects.

    She attended the University of Texas at Dallas for its esteemed Center for Translation Studies and pursued her passion of translating classical Greek literature into English. While a student in 2008, she was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. State Department to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan. After graduation, she began her career as a project manager at Experis Global Content Solutions in Arlington, Virginia, specializing in translating and localizing websites and software.

    She earned a BA in Comparative Humanities and Classics from Bucknell University and an MA in Humanities (Studies in Literature) from UT Dallas.  

    UTD Alumni Link article: "Alumna Turns Translations Studies Education into Project Management Career"


  • MODERATOR:  Dr. Nils Roemer is the interim dean of the School of the Arts and Humanities, director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, and the Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. He received in 1993 his Masters of Arts from the University of Hamburg and in 2000 his PhD from Columbia University. He published Jewish Scholarship and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Between History and Faith (2005), German City – Jewish Memory: The Story of Worms: German (2010), numerous articles and several co-edited volumes. He is also the co-editor of Germanic Review. His special fields of interest are the Holocaust, German and Jewish cultural and intellectual history.


  • DISCUSSANT Dr. Rainer Schulte, professor of arts and humanities and Katherine R. Cecil Professor in Foreign Languages, has been a leader in raising the visibility of translation in the United States and has been instrumental in promoting literary translation at other universities. He is the founder of the Center for Translation Studies at UT Dallas and he co-founded the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), a national nonprofit organization which also supports the work of literary translators and advances the art of literary translation.


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Future Dates for Comet Corner Series:

  • February 17:  TBA
  • March 31:  TBA
  • April 21/28 (TBC)


Want to catch up on past Comet Corner chats?


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Wednesday, January 27 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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