Keynote Speakers

Jill Hartz

"Re-envisioning the Role of Academic Museums"

President of the Association of
Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) Executive

Director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon

Jill Hartz has worked in university museums for nearly thirty years, seventeen as a director.  She is currently the executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene, where she is responsible for a 13,000+ collection with special strengths in Asian and Pacific Northwest Art and a 70,000 sf facility that was renovated and expanded in 2005.  From 1997 through 2008, she served as director of the University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville and for ten years previously worked in various positions at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.  She is president of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries and is an AAM and IMLS accreditation reviewer.  Ms. Hartz has curated numerous exhibitions and is the editor of four books, including a monograph on Agnes Denes. Her special interests include 20th – 21st century environmental and installation art, photography and new media, and contemporary Cuban art. She has lectured extensively on museum accreditation and strategic planning, exhibition organization, marketing and publishing. She has also served on city, county, state, and federal organizations and panels on the arts and tourism. Ms. Hartz received her MA with Honors in English Language and Literature from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1973 and previously pursued undergraduate studies at Oberlin College in Ohio. 

Terufumi Ohno

“Outreaching tells us what university museum is”

Director of the Kyoto University Museum

Prof. Ohno studied paleontology in Kyoto and Bonn. During his undergraduate and master course studies he described a brachiopod fauna of the Early Devonian age from a Japanese locality. He then studies at Bonn University in Germany on a scholarship, where he made an experimental study on periodicities of growth line formation in bivalve mollusk shells. Among intertidal bivalves, he confirmed that one growth line is formed when bivalves are exposed during the low tide time. This means one can trace growth of millions years old bivalve fossils with resolving power of around 12 hours.

Since 1997 he became a member of the Kyoto University Museum, where he made his endeavor to develop programs to motivate life-long learning for people of any age from kindergarten children to senior people. Also he developed a learning program for blind people. His experiences through outreaching activities using his original learning materials lead him to consider about the origin of human curiosity and communication, both of which underlies museums’ various activities encompassing collecting materials, making researches, installing exhibitions as well as performing outreaching activities. Since 2009 he is Director of the Kyoto University Museum.

Yu, Hon-Tsen (Alex)

“A Phoenix Emerged – The NTU Museums' Outreaching to Neighborhoods“

Professor, NTU Museum Group,
Department of Life Science,
National Taiwan University

An avid museumgoer, he travels extensively and never passes up any opportunities to visit a museum wherever he goes. Since NTU museums were launched in 2005, he has been actively involved in the management of NTU Museum of Zoology and Herbarium, and offered advice to NTU Museums. Although he is trained as an evolutionary biologist and population geneticist, he has a profound interest in history of human society and of nature. Therefore, he is keen to promote outreach programs that aims to bring together general public and museum collections. The highlights include loan-box projects, eco-origami exhibition, breadfruit tree festival, specimen-made-easy, animal acoustics, and NTU “children museum”. Professor Yu received his bachelor and master degrees in Zoology from National Taiwan University, and doctoral degree in Integrative Biology from University of California at Berkeley. He was a visiting scholar at University of Chicago in 1999-2000, a visiting professor at Kyoto University in 2004 and at University of California at Davis in 2008-2009. In 2010-2011 he served as Chief Coordinator of Panel of Biodiversity and Long-Term Ecology for the National Science Council of Taiwan.