International Coalition of Sites of Conscience - Moving from Memory to Action

  • 18 Oct 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Virtual Webinar

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience: 

Moving from Memory to Action

Webinar, October 18, 2022, new time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Sponsored by the NYSCSS Cultural Education Committee, this webinar will present tools and frameworks used by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC), www.sites of,  to build conversations that connect past, present and future.  ICSC is a network of historic sites around the world, from US plantation sites to South African apartheid sites, who use the power of history and place to enable communities to come to terms with the past. In this session, Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology and Practice, will share resources for how to build productive conversations about contested histories. This will include frameworks for understanding the multiple layers of historical conversations and the progression of building dialogue, as well as tools for asking dialogic questions and reading the modern choices people make about historical storytelling.

The webinar will be 90 minutes and will be a mixture of presentation and individual reflective work.  The webinar will be free with NYSCSS membership.   A CTLE Certificate will be issued upon request to participants who attend the entire webinar. 

Presenter: Braden Paynter

As the Director for Methodology and Practice at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Braden helps good ideas move around the world and helps sites build the knowledge, skills, and relationships they need to thrive. Braden has personally trained hundreds of organizations in dialogue, community engagement, planning, and operating at the intersection of history and justice. Before joining the Coalition, Braden worked with the National Park Service at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site where he oversaw public, education and professional development programs and in exhibits at Old Sturbridge Village.  Braden’s writing has focused on making transformative connections and building civic engagement through historic sites, and the role of victims, survivors, and perpetrators in catalyzing positive change. He has a master’s degree in Museum Studies with a focus in American Studies from George Washington University.

Founded in 1999, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (“the Coalition”) is the only worldwide network of Sites of Conscience. With over 300 members in 65 countries, they build the capacity of these vital institutions through grants, networking, training, transitional justice mechanisms and advocacy. 

The registration deadline is Friday, October 14, 2022, at 4:00 PM.

An email with a link to the webinar will be sent out to registrants  prior to the event.  

Please contact our Treasurer, Tim Potts, at, if you have questions about your membership status.

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