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Announcing a Summer Session Course: Black and Native New England (open to non-Tufts students as well!)

AMER 180C/ HIST 173/ AFR 147B:

Black and Native New England

2015 Summer Session 2 (Mon/ Wed 9:00-12:30 PM)

Kendra Field, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies

 

“You have to know your history. Then you’ll have a purposeful presence in the world.” – August Wilson

This course offers a place-based study of African American, Native American, and black Indian experiences within and beyond New England. Using biography, family history, historical monographs, film, and walking tours, we will examine African and Native American lives from the colonial period through the twentieth century. Moving chronologically, we will consider experiences of colonial settlement and Native American conquest; racial slavery and the transition from slavery to freedom; sovereignty and civil rights struggles. Finally, we will examine the public history and memorialization of African, Native American, and black Indian experiences within and beyond New England.

 

For registration information, please visit  http://ase.tufts.edu/summer/registration.asp

 

AMER 180C/ HIST 173/ AFR 147B:

Black and Native New England

2015 Summer Session 2 (Mon/ Wed 9:00-12:30 PM)

Kendra Field, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies

Institute for Curatorial Practice Summer Program

The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program running from June 8 to July 10, 2015 at Hampshire College, focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. At the Institute for Curatorial Practice students investigate and implement contemporary modes of curation, combining new media technologies and experimental methods with the direct study of collections in distinguished museums and archives. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, historical, and digital skills, while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts. Our program begins with an introduction to the history of museums, collections, and curating alongside an examination of diverse objects, display techniques, and museum careers through site visits to world-renowned museums in the Five College consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst). We then examine new directions in curatorial studies, focusing on current explorations in contemporary practice, issues of exhibiting across cultures, and new media platforms. ??Following these introductory weeks, students work in teams to develop exhibitions online and for Hampshire’s digital projection gallery. Using one object from the Five College Museum collections as a catalyst, students develop an exhibition inspired by that object, developing a thematic concept, selecting additional works and texts, articulating a curatorial argument, and acquiring permissions. Student teams will focus on curatorial writing, research, marketing, design, and installation.
Qualifications:
The Institute for Curatorial Practice is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-B.A. students from any concentration, major, or area of interest. Our program is fiercely interdisciplinary and will be of interest to students of art and architectural history, cultural studies, public history, philosophy, and literature, as well as the history of science and technology. Some understanding of advanced research methods and analytical writing skills is a plus.
How To Apply:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only completed applications are reviewed. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page proposal detailing how the summer program fits into your academic and future plans; an unofficial transcript from your home institution; and the names and email addresses of two references. More information on the program and application at icp.hampshire.edu. Apply at https://thehub.hampshire.edu/summer/index.cgi?&SP_m=SPRDET&SP_s=115.
Apply by:
May 01, 2015
About this Organization:
The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program at Hampshire College focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. At the Institute for Curatorial Practice students investigate and implement contemporary modes of curation, combining new media technologies and experimental methods with the direct study of collections in distinguished museums and archives. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, historical, and digital skills, while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts.

 

Program in New England Studies scholarships available

Each year, Historic New England presents the Program in New England Studies, an intensive learning experience with lectures by curators and architectural historians, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours of Historic New England’s properties and collections, as well as of other museums and private homes in the region.


 Do note they have several scholarships, including one specifically for candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds. Scholarships are available for graduate students, mid-career museum professionals  or preservationists to attend the program. Contact Ken Turino at kturino@historicnewengland.org for more information.

For more information: http://www.historicnewengland.org/events-programs/program-in-new-england-studies

Announcement — Visitor Studies Association conference in Boston in 2016

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 help them as a professional resource in the informal learning field even before the conference comes to town.”

 

Join the Visitor Studies Association!

What is VSA?

The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) is a membership organization dedicated to understanding

and enhancing learning experiences in informal settings through research, evaluation, and

dialogue.

VSA offers an array of services designed to foster evidence-based practice, including an annual

conference, professional development workshops, and the peer-reviewed journal Visitor

Studies. Through these and other activities, VSA helps researchers, practitioners, policy-
makers, organizational leaders, and funders advance the field of informal learning.

How can VSA help Museum Studies students?

By participating in VSA, you can

– Learn and share information about improving informal learning experiences

– Connect with others in the field

– Gain access to visitor studies resources

– Become aware of professional development opportunities

How can you get involved?

There are many opportunities for members and non-members alike to get involved!

Check our website for all the details: http://www.visitorstudies.org

Some examples of involvement:

– Join the association as a student for only $30 a year

– Attend the annual conference

o July 14-18, 2015 in Indianapolis

o July 2016 in Boston

– Propose a conference session, panel, poster, or workshop

o Deadline for 2015 conference sessions: December 8, 2014

o Find more info at http://visitorstudies.org/conference-overview

– Share your e-mail to sign up for a quarterly e-newsletter

– Subscribe to the VSA listserv and join in the conversation

– Read Visitor Studies or submit an article

– Follow us on Twitter @Visitor_Studies and on Facebook

How can you learn more?

Feel free to contact Marta Beyer, VSA Ambassador, for more information: mbeyer@mos.org

 

Visitor Studies Association 2015 Conference, Call for 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 Conference will be in Indianapolis, IN July 16-18, 2015!

The 2015 conference offers a venue for presenting new research, findings, and methods and exploring higher level topics and questions of interest to the field of informal learning. This year, the thematic focus of the keynote and plenaries will emphasize the ways in which we can take action through our work. To take action, we need to develop ourselves as creative and dynamic leaders, as individuals and within institutions and organizations dedicated to supporting informal learning opportunities; this is the key to fulfilling our potential for public service. Come join the discussion.

The Call for Session Proposals is now OPEN.

The Call for Workshop Proposals is now OPEN.

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