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Announcement — Visitor Studies Association conference in Boston in 2016

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on November 19, 2014 in conferences, professional development |

The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) is looking ahead to its July 2016 conference in Boston and sending a special invitation to area Museum Studies students to get involved in the association.  Marta Byer of the VSA (and the Museum of Science, Boston) says “We’d love to meet your students and show them how VSA can […]

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Visitor Studies Association 2015 Conference, Call for Proposals

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on November 2, 2014 in Call for papers / proposals |

he Visitor Studies Association (VSA) seeks to foster a sense of community among its members, who gather once a year to pose intriguing questions, explore diverse opinions, debate controversial issues, challenge assumptions and share their successes and their struggles—in essence, to learn from one another. Taking Action for Improvement, Growth, and Social Change The 2015 […]

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Panel Discussion this Tuesday at the Mary Baker Eddy Library

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on September 19, 2014 in professional development |

Student Marie Palladino sent this announcement in. Thanks, Marie! — A Panel Discussion and Presentation — ARCHIVAL ACCESS ONLINE: THE PROMISE, THE PROBLEMS, THE PAYOFF TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 @ 6:30 PM AT THE MARY BAKER EDDY LIBRARY 200 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., BOSTON | MBELIBRARY.ORG A panel of experts will address such questions as: • How is […]

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The Tufts Museum Studies blog is seeking new contributors!

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on August 11, 2014 in blog news, professional development |

The Tufts Museum Studies blog is always open to new contributors, but as the new school year rolls around, we are actively recruiting. The blog is authored and managed by current students — alumni and experienced museum professionals are welcome to contribute guest posts. Students, whether you are brand-new to Tufts this Fall or you’ve  […]

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Session proposals for the AAM Conference are now open!

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on July 22, 2014 in conferences |

  See http://www.aam-us.org/events/annual-meeting/sessions for details.  Session Proposal Submission Opens        July 16  Session Proposal Submission Deadline        August 25  Session Acceptance/Non-Acceptance Sent        mid-November

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Upcoming Symposium in Boston

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on July 20, 2014 in boston emps, professional development |

Recent Tufts alumna Lauren Reddy passed this announcement along. Thanks, Lauren! Full-time student registration is $35, and there are a limited number of scholarships available. NICHOLS HOUSE MUSEUM SYMPOSIUM IN THE HOUSE AND ON THE WEB: 21ST-CENTURY STRATEGIES FOR INTERPRETING HISTORIC INTERIORS The Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts October 3, 2014 at […]

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Free Workshop for EMPS next Thursday

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 29, 2014 in boston emps, conferences, free resources, professional development |

It’s exactly as it sounds: a FREE workshop with one of our favorite Tufts professors with no registration fee. Creativity in Museum Practice Thursday, June 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm USS Constitution Museum Join Rainey Tisdale and Linda Norris, authors of the new book Creativity in Museum Practice, for a fun, useful, and informative workshop about […]

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Museum Next Scholarships!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 22, 2014 in conferences, free resources, professional development |

If you haven’t heard of Museum Next… you should! It’s Europe’s major conference on museums and technology AND they’re offering incredibly simple-to-apply-to scholarships for student EMPs. Find out more here.  

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Apply for coursework in Rwanda and Ethiopia!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 22, 2014 in professional development |

Apply for a fourteen day course this August through Rutgers University. This special educational travel seminar to Rwanda and Ethiopia is designed for emerging scholars in the fields of Comparative Genocide Studies, Memory Studies, Museum Studies, Media Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, History and cognate fields. This 16 day travel experience and professional/academic course will […]

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Graduate Student Lecturer Positions at the MFA

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 11, 2014 in jobs listings, professional development |

I’m excited, and sad, to forward this announcement. The MFA runs a paid program for a few graduate students per year to give tours in the galleries. For the past year, I’ve been one of these lecturers. The program is a fantastic opportunity to work not only with a diverse and fascinating set of visitors […]

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Museum Blogging Competition

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 10, 2014 in professional development |

Here’s an exciting opportunity for current students (sorry alumni) to enter a competition for museum bloggers sponsored by Randi Korn & Associates. The deadline is April 1, so take some time and get your writing ready!

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Upcoming Event: Customer Service and the Museum Educator

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 4, 2014 in professional development |

The Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable is sponsoring a professional development event on March 13, 2014, from 1-4pm at Danforth Art. Join colleagues for a discussion of how best practices in customer service outside of the museum field can be used to enhance the visitor experience when applied cross-departmentally. A panel including staff members from […]

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Write for AAM’s EdCom!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 20, 2014 in professional development |

Current Tufts graduate student Barbara Palmer is putting out the call on behalf of AAM’s EdCom, the Alliance’s educator professional affinity group. Calling You! As your bimonthly newsletter, we want to hear from you!  Want to highlight events at your museum or in your community?  Is there a burning issue you want to bring to the […]

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Travel Grants!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 3, 2014 in professional development |

An incredibly generous travel grant to visit and work in London, England is now available through the Sir John Soan Museum Foundation. The deadline to apply is March 1, so you have plenty of time to apply! Purpose The purpose of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Traveling Fellowship is to enable students in graduate […]

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Propose a conference session at NEMA!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 3, 2014 in conferences, professional development |

In 2014, NEMA’s annual conference will be held here in Boston, Cambridge. Submit your proposal for a session by February 3 (one month from today!) The theme for this November is “Picture of Health: Museums, Wellness & Healthy Communities,” celebrating the role museums play in community wellness.

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Perspectives on NEMA 2013

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 19, 2013 in conferences |

by guest columnist James Stanton This year NEMA asked conference attendees to question why museums are needed now more than ever. In an increasingly diverse society, museums offer a space for people to reflect, learn, and honor their different histories while bringing communities together to share, learn, and grow from each other. The recurring themes […]

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The 95th Annual NEMA Conference

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 15, 2013 in professional development |

by editor Phillippa Pitts Just home from Newport, RI and the 95th New England Museum Association Conference. NEMA is a fantastic organization that really brings together a diverse group of museums for three days of sessions, workshops, frantic business card swapping, and networking. People walk into the conference looking for someone who knows about volunteer […]

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Conference Announcement: Changing the Narrative: American Indians and American Cultural Myth

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 24, 2013 in conferences, learning opportunities, meetups |

In just a couple weeks, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology will be hosting Kevin Gover, the Director of the National Museum of the American Indian. You’re invited to a free talk and reception on Wednesday, October 9, beginning at 6p.m. Here’s the invitation for more details: 

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Free Workshop? On Grant Writing? Yes, please!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 10, 2013 in boston emps, professional development |

One week from today, the Boston EMPs will be hosting a free grant writing workshop with Christine Cunningham, Ph.D., the founder and director of the Museum of Science’s Engineering is Elementary program. The EMPs are a fantastic group to get to know, so RSVP to BostonEMPs[at]gmail.com to save a spot. The workshop will be held at 7pm on […]

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Upcoming Workshop: NEMA YEPs Internship Advice Panel

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 18, 2013 in boston emps, professional development, workshops |

New England Museum Association Young and Emerging Museum Professionals have a great upcoming workshop for those in the field looking for more information on how volunteer and internship positions help start your museum career.  Registration has been extended through early next week – register early, as spaces fill quickly! To register, visit: http://www.nemanet.org/workshops/13YEP.htm LAUGH: No Joke: […]

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Hey grad students–want to give tours at the MFA?

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 9, 2013 in professional development |

The MFA’s Education department is offering a fantastic opportunity to learn and teach in the museum next year. They have put out a call for applicants to join their Gallery Talk Lecturers. It’s a great opportunity for masters students to get experience teaching in the galleries with original works of art. Lecturers will also be offered […]

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Tomorrow night: Drinking about Museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 27, 2012 in meetups |

Join the Museum of Science’s Ed Rodley and his motley crew of museum professionals and technologists to chat over some beers. Often there will be a museum visit attached but this time, we’ll be getting a wrap up of the recent MCN (Museums and Computer Networks) Conference. When: Wednesday, November 28 at 6PM Where: Cambridge […]

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Global, local, and the visitor we can’t see.

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 28, 2012 in conferences, museum topics, professional development |

This weekend, the Tufts Museum Studies blog will be joining the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders in a global discussion. This 5-day conference brings together 50 young leaders from across the arts (dance, theater, and museum) to meet with experts. Three of the questions on the table have been sent out for bloggers in the field […]

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Guest blog: The Role of Arts Organizations in Civil Society

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 26, 2012 in conferences, food for thought |

This weekend, the Tufts Museum Studies blog will be joining the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders in a global discussion. This 5-day conference brings together 50 young leaders from across the arts (dance, theater, and museum) to meet with experts. Three of the questions on the table have been sent out for bloggers in the […]

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Free Conference on Museum Education and Community Partnerships

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 17, 2012 in conferences, professional development |

Don’t miss this great workshop from the Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable. Their events are now free and open to all, so find them on Facebook and keep an eye out. Attached is a flyer about their first workshop on Monday December 10th at 9:30 at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club to discuss “Building Community […]

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Get published! “Collecting the Contemporary” Call for papers

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 13, 2012 in professional development, Uncategorized |

COLLECTING THE CONTEMPORARY    Edited by Owain Rhys and Zelda Baveystock We invite international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book, to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013. The book will be edited by Owain Rhys, Curator of Contemporary Life at St Fagans: National History Museum, Wales and Zelda Baveystock, Teaching Associate at Newcastle […]

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Conferences you should know about!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 6, 2012 in conferences, Uncategorized |

Everyone’s talking aNEMA NEMA NEMA in the run up  to their conference this November, (and for good reason, it’s a great opportunity to meet and chat with the people who are coming up with ideas and moving the cogs in our regional museum community.) But it’s hardly the only conferences! I grabbed just three of […]

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Boston National EMP Workshop

Posted by Amanda Gustin on October 1, 2012 in boston emps |

From the Boston EMPs. If you’re not on their mailing list, shoot an email to the address below. On October 15th we will be hosting another National EMP workshop.  The workshop will be based on curriculum developed by AAM and presented by Dan Yaeger, the Executive Director of NEMA (New England Museum Association).  Dan will […]

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“Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service”

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 26, 2012 in interpretation, workshops |

Great event, free to the public. Check it out, and if you go, write us a recap for the blog! The report they’re talking about can be found here. “Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service” In 2012, the Organization of American Historians released a report critically examining the state of […]

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Informal Dinner Discussion at NEMA

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 21, 2012 in conferences |

Shameless plug time! If you’re headed to NEMA, and you’re a Young or Emerging Professional, I have a suggestion for you. On Thursday night, if you don’t feel moved to purchase a ticket to go to a museum event (and they can be pricey, especially on a student budget!) come hang out at the Bluebird […]

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AASLH Call for Proposals

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 17, 2012 in conferences |

The American Association for State and Local History has issued a call for proposals for its 2013 Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, and they’ve got a really terrific theme. Here’s what they have to say: Birmingham is a city which has reoriented its history, inspiring international human rights movements. It is the perfect place to […]

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Free Student Memberships to the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 7, 2012 in free resources, know your professional organizations |

This is a GREAT offer, and one that all current Tufts students should sign up for immediately. I’m pulling this verbatim from the American Association of Museums LinkedIn page: To kick off this academic year, the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries is offering FREE ONE YEAR STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS if you sign-up between now and […]

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Free Nonprofit Webinars for September

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 3, 2012 in learning opportunities |

Every month, Wild Apricot (a membership management system) posts a roundup of free upcoming webinars. Some of them are a bit run-of-the-mill, but some of them are useful and interesting. Did I mention they’re also free? You can’t ask for better bang for your buck. Check out the list here.

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NEMA Conference Scholarships

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 31, 2012 in conferences |

I know, I know – grad students don’t exactly have a ton of excess money floating around, so you’re a little hesitant about ponying up the cash for the NEMA conference this fall. You don’t have to go it alone, though! There are several scholarships available that will help pay to attend NEMA – and […]

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AASLH Online Conference

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 29, 2012 in conferences, professional development |

The American Association for State and Local History’s Annual Conference is an amazingly good time for museum & history professionals, but this year it’s being held all the way across the country from us in Salt Lake City, Utah. If your student budget can’t stretch to cover airfare and the hotel, consider this terrific idea […]

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Informational Interviews

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 27, 2012 in professional development |

As you progress through your museum career (or really any career!), getting advice from those who have been there and done that is crucial. Do you want to be a decorative arts curator? Then talk to other decorative arts curators, find out what they do every day, and how they got to where they are. […]

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Graduate Student Reception at the Boston Athanaeum

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 24, 2012 in professional development |

Tufts Adjunct Professor Margherita Desy sent us this ringing endorsement of an upcoming event at the Boston Athanaeum: I have been a member of the Athenaeum for many years and often bring my collections management in as a field trip.  The Athenaeum’s collections run from fine arts (including paintings, sculpture and photography) and decorative arts, to rare books […]

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AAM Conference Opportunity for Graduate Students

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 17, 2012 in conferences |

From Greg Stevens at AAM, here’s a great opportunity for all current students and recent alums. “For the upcoming AAM Annual Meeting 2013 in Baltimore (May 19-22, 2013), I’ve proposed a “Graduate Flash Showcase” session, and encourage you to share this opportunity with students and recent grads. We’ve held successful Graduate Flash Showcases for the […]

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Personal Branding

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 13, 2012 in learning opportunities |

Have you ever Googled yourself? Try it. See what comes up. I’ll wait. So, now that you’ve done that – were you surprised by anything? The internet seems so transient that it can be difficult to remember that every bit of it is saved forever. Your online presence can help your career – but it […]

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Drinking about Museums

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 18, 2012 in meetups |

The next Drinking About Museums event is taking place tomorrow, July 18, at the Boston Children’s Museum. (To clarify, the museum visit is at the Children’s Museum; the alcohol will be consumed elsewhere.) Meet at the Children’s Museum in the lobby a little before 5:00 p.m. More details on Ed Rodley’s blog. These are terrific […]

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Reminder: One week from today, Boston EMPs event

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 20, 2012 in boston emps, learning opportunities |

If you haven’t signed up for this great event yet, you should definitely get right on that! Understanding Government Job Applications June 27, 6 p.m. Northeast Museum Services Center, Charlestown Navy Yard Interested in working for the government but daunted by all the paperwork, grade levels and bureaucracy that goes into applying? Come attend our […]

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Smithsonian Early Childhood Science Education Research Forum

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 19, 2012 in free resources, learning opportunities |

Smithsonian Early Childhood Science Education Research Forum Note that there is a webcast for this event, which looks amazing. *Smithsonian Early Childhood Science Education Research Forum***** Join us on *Wednesday, June 20* for a Smithsonian Early Childhood Science Education Research Forum. Events begin at 9:00 am. This forum is open to all educators, administrators, research […]

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Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 1, 2012 in learning opportunities, reports |

The Salzburg Global Seminar and IMLS have teamed up to produce a really interesting-looking report about “Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture.” Go, download, and read it.

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Reminder! John Falk Book Discussion & Drinking About Museum

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 30, 2012 in book clubs, boston emps, meetups |

This is your reminder that the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is hosting not one but two fantastic professional development events next week. Everyone should try to make at least one of them! First up is on Wednesday, June 6. The NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals and the Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable are co-sponsoring a […]

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Boston EMP Event: Working for the Government

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 23, 2012 in boston emps |

Copied right over from the Boston EMP announcement: Hello Boston EMPers! Interested in working for the government but daunted by all the paperwork, grade levels, and bureaucracy that goes into applying?  Come attend our June workshop – learn the basics of the application process and some of the reasons working for the government may or may not […]

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YEP Book Club & Networking

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 21, 2012 in book clubs, meetups |

Heads up – the NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals and the Greater Boston Museum Educators Roundtable are teaming up to present a great night of discussion and networking at the DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum. Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable and the New England Museum Association Young and Emerging Museum Professionals bring you a discussion […]

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Pursuing a Mentoring Relationship

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 18, 2012 in professional development |

Finding a good mentor can be one of the most important steps in your career path. Organizations like AASLH have guided mentoring programs to help you out, or you can seek out your own. But how to find and approach the right mentor? Mannersmith Monthly, a column by etiquette consultant Jodi R.R. Smith, has a […]

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Upcoming NEMA Workshops

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 16, 2012 in workshops |

Just in case you aren’t on the NEMA mailing list, here’s a review of upcoming workshops by Dan Yaeger, Executive Director of NEMA: On Saturday, May 19, I will be personally leading a workshop called “Your Best Foot Forward: Personal Skills for Professional Success” at the Concord Museum. Designed especially for emerging museum professionals, the […]

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Drinking About Museums @ the Museum of Science

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 9, 2012 in exhibition design, meetups, technology |

Do you like learning about museums? Do you like talking about tech prototypes and new ways to interpret exhibits? Do you like the Boston Museum of Science? Do you like hanging out with clever museum people? Then come to the monthly Drinking About Museums event tomorrow, May 10, at the Museum of Science. More details […]

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Pre-Conference Updates

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 18, 2012 in conferences |

For anyone lucky enough to be heading to the AAM Annual Meeting in two weeks, the Emerging Museum Professionals blog has just put up a great post about updating before you get to the conference. It applies to other conferences as well, so keep it in mind for AASLH and NEMA this fall!

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