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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 17, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting!

 

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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 recruitment or outreach to visitors with low vision. And we all leave exhausted but feeling incredibly professionally developed.

What’s great about coming to NEMA as a Tufts Museum Studies student is the network of Tufts faculty, alumni, and fellow students. They’re not just represented on panels and with peer institutions. They’re part of the conference leadership. They work for NEMA, chair its PAGs (professional affinity groups), and received fellowships and scholarships. (Thanks so much to the NEMA Board and Staff for my own Fellowship — which I’ll share more about in later posts).

As I’ve yet to master the art of being in multiple places at once, I only could participate in a fraction of the sessions, events, and conversations that occurred over the course of the week. So, look out for a number of posts from current and past Tufts students who want to share what they learned in Newport.

If you were at NEMA and I haven’t approached you yet, email tuftsmuseumblog@gmail.com. We’d love to hear what you learned, observed, or figured out over the course of the conference.

 

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting!

 

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 2, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting!

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Science in Museums: Carl Akeley, Museum Innovator

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 23, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Kacie Rice

Carl Akeley, museum hero and innovator, posing with a leopard he took down bare-handed. Photo from the American Museum of Natural History.

Carl Akeley, museum hero and innovator, posing with a leopard he took down bare-handed. Photo from the American Museum of Natural History.

“Why museums?” It’s a question that haunts the museum world – whether it’s, “Why do you work in a museum?”, “Why should we bring our students on a museum field trip?”, “Why do we need museums?”, or the big one, “Why should my organization give money to your museum?”, we answer this question all the time. We answer that we’re advocates of free choice learning, that we preserve and protect our collective heritage, that we create valuable community gathering spaces, and for some of us, that we really do just like hanging out in smelly rooms full of animal skins. For the last century and a half, museums have been any and all of these things to our society and to the people who work in them, but they’ve also provided a service that many people don’t expect: innovation.

Read more…

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 18, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting!

But first, we have a few fellowships to announce:

And, back to jobs:

 

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Exploring Science Museums Through Google Street View

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 16, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Catherine Sigmond

Finally, Google has brought its widely acclaimed Art Project to science museums… sort of.

Lately, I’ve been indulging my penchant for travel by exploring the world through Google Street View (did you know you can tour the Galapagos?!).

So when I read about how Google Street View had recently released a virtual tour of the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto I was pretty intrigued.

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Museums in the Nudes

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 14, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp

There is a trend here in Philadelphia that I think you should know about.

It’s called “Boy-lesque” and it combines burlesque dancing – an artistically-minded nude show – with boys. You could call it male stripping…but that’s not exactly accurate. It’s more about pushing the audience past their comfort zone than the sex. It forces you to talk about objectification, and to think about gender, and consider what it is, exactly, that makes you so squeamish about naked people. (After all, we’re all naked under our clothes, right?)

The thing is, classic burlesque dancing has become passé in the age of HBO and Fifty Shades of Grey. It has lately been repurposed to empower women and promote positive body image. It could be used to talk about serious issues, but it’s hard to shock someone into discussion when the shock of seeing mostly naked women in public has all but worn off.

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Exhibit Spaces and Exhibit Catalogs

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 9, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by Cira Louise Brown

Over the past few months, I have been working to develop an exhibition catalog from an exhibit currently on display. The exhibition explores the topic of time from various cultural, scientific and mechanical standpoints, and uses artifacts from a variety of institutions and collections. I find the show to be very successful in its ambitions, and the content has even been integrated into a college class. Given that it’s a temporary exhibition, lasting less than a year, there was a need to preserve the content in the form of a catalog, in both eBook and iBook formats. I was tasks with laying out the book, using the existing style of exhibition.

As with so many design projects such as these, the task seemed straightforward enough. The exhibit content was done, photography of the objects was mostly completed, and the design standards had already been decided upon. Yet translating an exhibit into a book remains a tricky task.

So, in my brief foray into exhibition catalogs, here’s a little list of what I’ve learned. Read more…

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Reminder! Tomorrow’s talk at the Peabody Museum!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 8, 2013 in events |

Join Kevin Gover, the Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, tomorrow at 6 p.m. for a free talk and reception.

Here’s the invitation for more details!

You are invited to attend a 6:00 PM public talk and reception on Wednesday, October 9 at the Peabody Museum, “”Changing the Narrative: American Indians and American Cultural Myth,” with Kevin Gover, Director, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.

Kevin Gover is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and has been the director of the National Museum of the American Indian since 2007. He is a former professor of law at Arizona State University and was the co-executive director of the ASU American Indian Policy Institute. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1997–2000.

Come for the talk at Harvard’s Geological Lecture Hall (26 Oxford Street, Cambridge), and stay for the special reception in the Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West exhibition in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University and the Harvard University Native American Program

 

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