Museums and the Web 2005
Speakers: Speaker Biography
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Speakers from around the world present their latest work at MW2005.

Philip B. Stafford

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Center on Aging and Community
2853 E 10th Street
Bloomington IN
47408-2696 USA

Phil is the Director of the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, and the Executive Director of the Evergreen Institute on Elder Environments, Inc. Both centers are based in Bloomington, Indiana. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Indiana University Department of Anthropology. Phil is a cultural anthropologist, receiving his BA from the University of Chicago (1971) and his Ph.D. from Indiana University (1977). In Bloomington, Phil has been instrumental in developing a wide range of programs for older persons: Alzheimer's Supports, Adult Day Care, Health Education, Respite, Homesharing and others. He has organized numerous state-wide training events and, at the national and international level, is active in research and publishing around issues of community development for elder-friendly communities. He has employed the humanities as a tool for community development in projects funded by the Indiana Humanities Council, including the community wide series Visions of Place, in 2000. He and his associates are currently conducting best practices research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and serving as consultants and researchers on a national project entitled The AdvantAge Initiative: Improving Communities for an Aging Society. The latter project is funded by a consortium of foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Retirement Research Foundation, Archstone Foundation, Helen Benedict Foundation, the Samuels Foundation, and the Mathers Foundation, in a grant to the Center for Home Care Policy and Research in New York City. He is a past president of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology and past Secretary for the Commission on Aging of the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. He has published numerous articles on cultural aspects of dementia and the relationship between aging and place. In the summer of 2000, Phil co-directed a residential field school in cultural documentation, sponsored by the Indiana University Folklore Institute and the American Folklife Center. In 2001 the Field School focused on the topic of Disability and Community. He is the editor of a recently published volume on nursing home ethnography entitled Gray Areas (1993, SAR Press). His interest in promoting participation and voice for those marginalized by age, disability and other forms of difference accounts for his involvement in the movement to create on-line Museums of the Person as platforms for individual and group expression, memory-making, and community planning and development.

Philip B. will present International Year of the Web Life Story.
Philip B. will present Identity and Representation: Social Justice and Community Building Through The Museums Of The Person.
Philip B. will present The Museum of the Person, Indiana.