Global Excellence in Interpretation  

Free Webinar Series

While interpreters have shifted to digital communication through online webinars and meetings, interpreters' professional associations around the world have increased their activity, developing and providing online services to members, including training, conferences, one-off events, and more. This accelerated trend has given us an opportunity to share good practice more widely across the world, with interpreters from different countries and indeed different continents joining events of interest to them. This series will develop a pilot international webinar series, under the banner of the Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation.

This yearlong series of webinars hosted by seven interpretation organizations around the world is free to all interpreters, regardless of membership or affiliation with any of the sponsor organizations! English-Spanish live translation will be available. 

Register for October 5

2022 Recordings available here     2023 Recordings available here

February 24, 2022

Diversity and Inclusion in Interpretation

How can interpretive sites better serve underserved communities? How can we create inclusive employment opportunities? Diversifying our visitor base, creating inclusive marketing campaigns, and adjusting our programming and hiring practices to be more accessible are all key points in defining excellence in interpretation.

April 7, 2022

Can heritage interpretation prevent war?

It is the dreadful fate of humanistic education: As soon as violence starts, it is too late. What could heritage interpretation do to defuse potential conflicts, from small to large scale? What are the key concepts to consider? And what does this mean for interpretive training? In search of answers, former IE Managing Director Thorsten Ludwig will trace the evolution of Interpret Europe over the past five years.

May 19, 2022

Whose Story is it Anyway: Interpreting the Cultural Mosaic of Canada

Interpreting within a cultural mosaic compels us to grapple with how to present multiple perspectives. We may not have permission to tell stories from cultures that aren’t our own. Yet we must acknowledge that every story has multiple perspectives. Join us for a discussion about the intersection of story, culture, empathy, and interpretation.

June 30, 2022

Dub London: Bassline of a City

Meet the team behind the Museum of London’s AHI 2021 Award-winning project. This was a temporary exhibition open to the public 2020/2021 that interpreted the cultural heritage of Black and Caribbean Londoners through dub – Jamaican music and culture that helped to define community identity. Current and previous AHI Awards Group Chairs will host a panel session with the Dub London team.

August 11, 2022

Visiting the Ruins of an Ancient Mexican City to Renew Our Sense of Hope, and Learn From the Past>

*this webinar will be presented in Spanish with English simultaneous translation.

InterpatMX is your host as we visit Xochicalco, an ancient city in Central Mexico that was violently sacked and destroyed more than a thousand years ago — apparently by its own inhabitants. That part of its history would seem to validate the pessimists. But it downplays the most salient evidence, which attests a great achievement, the cooperation and partnership of rival cities.

October 12, 2022

Unpacking Intangibility: Ways of Seeing, feeling and understanding culture. An Australian experience

Today’s “Australia” is only 250 years young. However, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have been custodians of this land for millennia. Australia’s Aboriginal culture is an ancient one and is the oldest living culture in the world. So what are we doing in Australia to support the interpretation, inclusion and celebration of this culture? How does modern Australia speak with, and embrace such an ancient culture?

Nov 17, 2022

tahi- Working Together to Embrace te ao Māori through partnership projects

Aotearoa (New Zealand's) Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treay of Waitangi) sets forth principles of partnership, participation, and protection between Māori and the New Zealand Government. But what does this look like in practice? Join Interpretation Network New Zealand and hear about two projects currently underway in New Zealand that embrace the principles to their fullest and showcase te ao Māori (the Māori world).

Feb 2, 2023

Jr. Ranger Books: More Than A Word Search!

In 2022, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Specialist Caitlin Campbell won the Freeman Tilden Award, recognized for her work on the Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger program, a free activity booklet that kids can complete to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Inclusiveness, collaboration, and accessibility were highlights of the program. The Junior Ranger booklet begins not with an uncharted wilderness, but with a continent bustling with Native trade, art, and technology.


March 16, 2023

New Paradigms in Interpretation: How Stories Can Change the World in a Changing World

Stories have a transformative power to captivate, convince and embolden. As interpreters we have a responsibility to harness this power by creating experiences that foster empathy and inspire action. This talk explores how stories can change people, places and even the planet, now and for the future. Through iconic global case studies drawing on personal and professional experience, it will highlight the power of interpretation to better understand our world.

April 20, 2023
8:00 a.m. MT

Interpretive Planning at World Heritage Sites – Experiences From Europe

Together with UNESCO, Interpret Europe embarked on a journey to examine the role of heritage interpretation in World Heritage Sites, Global Geoparks and Biosphere Reserves. In this context, UNESCO suggested heritage interpretation as a core mandate of visitor centres at UNESCO-designated sites, fostering UNESCO's key values: peace and sustainability. Join an exchange with UNESCO officials, World Heritage managers/ planners, and Interpret Europe trainers on challenges and prospects for value-based interpretive planning.

June 1, 2023
11:00 a.m. ET

Participatory and Dialogic Interpretation: Inspire through PIE and TALK

Join Dr. Jacquie to dig into the Participatory Interpretation “PIE” model, which encourages interpretation that starts with Participation, is followed by Information, and ends with Encouragement to action. Next, we will look at Dialogic Interpretation using the “TALK” model - Talk Types, Ask Great Questions, Lead with Facilitation Techniques, and Keep on Inspiring. Find out how Jacquie has success training interpreters using these two models that encourage them to engage visitors in two-way interactions, helping to make the topic relevant and meaningful to visitors. Join in this interactive session for your bite of PIE and taste of TALK!

August 24, 2023
6:00 p.m. ET

Te Taiao | Nature: Merging Māori knowledge and science to spark sustainable action

Join Frith Williams, Head of Experience and Content at Te Papa Tongarewa, Aotearoa New Zealand's national museum, and dive into the the development of Te Taiao | Nature. This nature focused exhibition experience weaves Mātauranga Māori (traditional Māori knowledge) with science to spark sustainable action.

October 5, 2023
3:00 p.m. ET

Fabrics and stitches. How to approach to a distant heroic past

Sometimes we have great accounts and chronicles of a distant past. However, it is not easy to turn them into images that can help the visitors, specially the younger ones, to picture how the events happened. In this talk we will present an exercise done at the Templo Mayor Museum using fabric and stitches who talk to children about one of the most sensitive chapters in Mexican history: the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Mexica (Aztec)

Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada  T4N 3M4

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