Art museum director and UW-Madison pediatrician who promotes reading chosen for national board | Higher Education

UW-Madison professor and pediatrician Dipesh Navsaria, left, and Chazen Museum of Art director Amy Gilman have been named members of the National Museum and Library Services Board.


Two well-known UW-Madison names will now serve on the 11-member body that advises the American Institute of Museum and Library Services, the university announced Thursday.

Amy Gilman, director of UW-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art, and Dipesh Navsaria, professor in the School of Human Ecology and Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health, have were appointed on August 12 as new members of the National Museum and Library Services Commission.

Among other advisory functions, the council helps select recipients of the National Museum and Library Service Medal. Gilman and Navsaria will serve five-year terms.

Gilman came to the Chazen in 2017 from the Toledo Museum of Art. She holds a doctorate in art history from Case Western Reserve University, as well as degrees in photography and performance studies.

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In addition to his medical degrees, Navsaria holds a degree in children’s librarianship and, as an advocate for pediatric literacy, he is known for writing prescriptions allowing parents and children to share books, according to a statement from the university. Navsaria also works regionally and nationally with Reach Out and Read and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mildred D. Field