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 Restaurant in Burlington. It’s going to be great. I’m not just saying that because as a co-chair of the NEMA YEPs, I’m co-hosting this event along with Kate Laurel Burgess-McIntosh of Revitalizing Historic Sites Through Contemporary Art. Here are the details:
Push the Envelope, Break the Mold, Climb Out of the Box: Set Yourself Apart for Success
Evening Dinner and Discussion: Thursday, November 8, Bluebird Restaurant
Open to all museum professionals at all levels;
recommended especially for Young and Emerging Museum Professionals
Especially designed for those who are seeking creative ways to approach job searching and networking, this open forum dialogue will provide opportunities for participants to brainstorm and discuss ways to set themselves apart in an increasingly challenging field. Talk to professionals with all levels of experience—be it fellow job seekers, those with more experience in the field, students, consultants, and more—and learn ways to highlight your skills, create a career plan and goals, and emphasize your unique qualities when applying for positions, interviewing, climbing up the ladder, and, ultimately, setting yourself apart.
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 think & talk about how stories of ordinary people and extraordinary change inspire and inform us, our publics, and our programs and outreach.
Focusing on the famous names of history neglects the unnamed people who insisted on their rights, worked together, and who were anything but ordinary in their courage and resolve. Founded in 1871 as a transportation and industrial center of the New South, Birmingham was nicknamed the “Magic City” for its fast growth. And it was the center of a movement that caught the attention of the world and led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Birmingham Pledge to eliminate prejudice. The 1963 Birmingham Summer transformed the city and changed the United States.
Session and Workshop proposals are now being accepted.
Fifty years after hundreds of young people stood solid for freedom. Fifty years after King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” articulated principles of nonviolence. Fifty years later we ask: If history is the example, the provocateur, and the context—how do we best use it today? How do you incorporate stories of ordinary people’s extraordinary lives in your institution? How can we build programs that deal directly with issues, making history interesting, relevant, useful, and human? What interesting and unusual techniques do you use to fulfill your organization’s mission? What kinds of program ideas are you trying out that are a little different than what you’ve always done? How do you encourage active involvement from your public? What have you tried that hasn’t been as successful as you want? How do you take the history your organization uses and connect it to people’s lives? How is change reflected in your institution’s programs? What ideas and examples are there in local history that can inspire us?
Visit the 2013 AASLH Annual Meeting website for more information and to download a session proposal with instructions.
Proposals for sessions or workshops for the 2013 Annual Meeting must be submitted on a Call for Proposals form. You may submit the form via email, fax, or mail.
Deadline: November 16, 2012
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 at least one of them provides preference to Tufts students. (The Laura B. Roberts Scholarship.)
Check out all the NEMA opportunities here. You submit one application, and they’ll consider you for all the scholarships for which you are qualified. Deadline is September 17, and they’ll notify in early October.
But why put all your eggs in one basket? Did you know that Tufts University offers travel funding to conferences for its graduate students? I was lucky enough to receive funding last winter to travel to Salt Lake City to attend a Program Committee meeting for AASLH – and I if I made the cut, then you definitely can!
Learn more about Tufts funding opportunities here.
Last but not least – consider other ways to subsidize your attendance. Split a hotel room with three or four other Tufts students. Sign up to volunteer. Carpool up in someone’s
Moral of the story: you don’t want to miss this conference.
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 instead: attending the conference online. For a pretty low fee, you can get access to (in my opinion) some of the very best and most interesting sessions at the conference. If anyone is interested in splitting the group attendance fee at the member discount, let me know and perhaps we can arrange a Tufts viewing party!
Here’s what AASLH has to say:
Can’t come to Salt Lake City but still want to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting? You can still attend the Online Conference and attend six hot topic sessions from the 2012 Annual Meeting, plus featured speakers, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Will Bagley!
Online Conference Sessions:
- Too Important to Fail! Historic House Museums Meet Communities’ Needs
- Bad Boards, Bad Boards, What’cha Gonna Do: Strategies for Fixing Poorly Functioning Museum Boards
- Localizing Difficult Histories
- The Changing Web: The Future of the (History) Website
- Yield to On-Coming Traffic: No Stopping Strollers and Small Feet
- What Do History Museums Really Need to Know About Their Visitors’ Experience?
Visit the Online Conference Website for more information and the full schedule.
- $115 Group, multiple log ins
- $175 Group, multiple log ins
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 past two years, and we anticipate this year to be great once again! If anyone is interested in joining this session, please comment on the proposal online, and contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for all proposals is August 24.
http://www.aam-us.org/am13/?CFID=3740214&CFTOKEN=93254218 Proposal ID#125
Graduate Flash Showcase is a series of back-to-back mini-sessions (or 20-minute “Flashes”) on current programs, projects, or research presented by graduate students or recently-graduated emerging professionals with less than two years experience in the field. The showcase provides opportunities and benefits for both presenters and audience members.
After participating, presenters will be better able to:
- Hone presentation skills in a professional setting
- Share projects, papers, programs, or academic/professional experience
- Receive invaluable feedback from colleagues in the field
- Build professional presence/personal brand
After participating, attendees will be better able to:
- Learn more about programs, projects, and research that may impact the future of the field
- Gain exposure to skills and perspectives of students and emerging professionals
Guidelines for Presentations
Each “Flash” showcase will be timed, is limited to twenty minutes and will be divided into two segments:
- Presentation of project, paper, research, program, etc. (<10 min.)
- Audience interactivity or discussion (approx. 10 minutes)
Student projects, papers, or research should apply to museum practice and/or theory, or be based on topics from outside the field that impact museums (e.g.demographic trends, education theory, etc.).