Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter, October 12, 2016

October 7th, 2016

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter


Museum Studies Events and Classes

1) Culture Crime: Investigating Global Antiquities Trafficking, CIP115 International Center, October 26, 7:00 PM

Donna Yates is a Lecturer in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow. In this talk, she will present two recent antiquities smuggling case studies (Cambodia and India) which display the global reach and structure of the illicit trade in looted artifacts, and will also show how approaches borrowed from criminology, sociology, and anthropology can be applied to these cases to develop effective new measures for protecting heritage.

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2)  Dr. Donna Yates Graduate Student Workshop, C103 McDonel Hall, October 27, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Are ‘collectors the real looters?’ Does demand cause illicit supply? What policies are in place to control the actual market for antiquities? In this workshop we will discuss how and why things continue to fall apart. By discussing current heritage disasters in Syria and Iraq and comparing them to previous disasters in the same region, we will consider the question: are we making the same mistakes over and over again? Are researchers driving our global policy responses to the looting and trafficking of antiquities or is the media? As we will see, this lack of innovative policy has profound effects on the sources of looted antiquities but few effects on the market. This workshop is open only to MSU graduate students and requires registration. As soon as the workshop fills up, all registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

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MSU Museums, Galleries, and Collections: Events, Exhibitions, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

3) “Lines of Flight” Paintings by Chen Shapira, LookOut! Art Gallery, September 26 – October 21

Lines of Flight assembles different perspectives to explore aspects of Israeli reality and to examine changes in common contemporary Israeli symbols and imagery. The paintings are executed in a continuous, meditative process, building layers of inks and watercolors on paper. Series of paintings combine to create a flux of images and places, tracing real and imagined territories, wandering and searching in these obscure territories. The paintings also trigger critical and political questions regarding land and territory. They examine images of power and control in the landscape, and raise questions about lines of flight and the possibility of becoming.

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4) Water Moves MSU Reception, Broad Art Museum, October 4, 6:00 PM

Join us in celebrating the launch of Water Moves MSU, this year’s thematic year of arts and cultural programming, organized by the Cultural Engagement Council. This initiative fosters and celebrates cultural and artistic expression inspired by water including conservation efforts, scientific research, and sustainability. The evening will include a look at the Broad MSU’s outdoor, site-specific installations of photographs by artist Gideon Mendel along the banks of the Red Cedar River.

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5) Altered Tour: Watershed, Rivers and Wheels, Broad Art Museum, October 7, 7:00 PM

Ride with us and explore the Red Cedar River on two wheels! With Gideon Mendel’s Drowning World: Red Cedar River Project as our backdrop, we’ll ride our bikes from campus along the Lansing River Trail to where the Red Cedar River meets the Grand River. On our way, we’ll talk to MSU professionals to identify and understand our watershed and find out what’s being done to reduce pollutant runoff in our rivers. From our bikes, we’ll also consider our daily activities and how they contribute to changes in our environment. The Red Cedar River Project is a partnership with MSU’s Cultural Engagement Council, the organizing body behind this year’s thematic year of arts and cultural programming entitled Water Moves MSU. The year-long initiative fosters and celebrates cultural and artistic expression inspired by water including conservation efforts, scientific research, and sustainability.

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6) National Fossil Day, MSU Museum, October 9, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. Activities will include a Michigan fossil dig & sift, Jr. Paleontologist hunt, face painting, and a paleontologist will be on hand to answer fossil questions and identify specimens. A “fossils only” version of MESTA’s famous Rock Shop will be set up for educators to acquire invertebrate fossils for study in the classroom or at home.

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7) Curator-led Exhibition Tour of Up Cloche: Fashion, Feminism, Modernity, MSU Museum, October 10, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Rejecting tradition and embracing more body-conscious styles, the young American “flapper” wore her newly won freedom to vote, earn, and learn on her body: short dresses and clear stockings, bobbed hair, and a head-hugging cloche. The cloche – a bell-shaped hat considered “clever” and “smart” – framed the face with fashionable Art Deco panache. Explore how American women of the 1920s and ’30s used consumer goods to become modern.

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8) Walking Tour of Gideon Mendel’s Drowning World: Red Cedar River Project, Broad Art Museum, October 16, 1:00 PM

Put on your walking shoes and join us for a special tour of Gideon Mendel’s Red Cedar River Project! Enjoy the autumn views along the Red Cedar River while learning more about Mendel’s Drowning World and why the location of these massive photos is relevant to the message of his work. The tour will depart from the Broad MSU’s Visitor Services desk and extend just beyond “the falls” behind the Administration Building on campus. This installation is a partnership with MSU’s Cultural Engagement Council, the organizing body behind this year’s thematic year of arts and cultural programming entitled Water Moves MSU. The year-long initiative fosters and celebrates cultural and artistic expression inspired by water including conservation efforts, scientific research, and sustainability.

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9) “Sample Return from Asteroids and Mars: Promise, Progress, and Prospects” Lecture, Abrams Planetarium, October 20, 7:30 PM

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10) State of Art 2016: Benefit Gala, Broad Art Museum, October 22, 8:00 PM

Join us for our annual gala benefitting the Broad MSU’s mission to engage art as a vehicle for understanding and connection. Includes a seated dinner, performances by experimental art and magic duo A.Bandit, a fashion show presented by MSU Apparel and Textile Design students, art-making, live music, and State of Art: After Dark (8–11pm).

Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

11) Hot Wheels: Race to Win, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI, September 10

This behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling world of racing investigates the scientific process for designing super-fast cars. Hands-on experiences, authentic race gear, and captivating memorabilia will engage families in the process of experimenting with speed, power, and performance using Hot Wheels cars and track as their tools.

12) Volunteers Needed, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI

Positions Include: Exhibit area Volunteers, First Impression Room Assistants, Chemistry Lab and Demonstration Assistants, Exhibit Shop Aids, & Custodian Volunteers.
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13) Multiple Internships, The Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, Lansing, MI 

Opportunities include:  Docents, Clerical, Collections Assistants, and Special Events
14) “Minds of Modernism: Michigan and Mid-Century Design” Exhibit Opening, Michigan History Museum, Lansing, MI, October 8, 2-4 PM

“Minds of Modernism: Michigan and Mid-Century Design” highlights the national impact of Michigan designers adopting and spreading mid-century modern concepts. The exhibition is a collaboration between Susan J. Bandes, the Archives of Michigan, and the State Historic Preservation Office as well as the Michigan History Center and the Michigan History Foundation. Susan’s contribution on mid-Michigan modern residences draws from her just-published book, “Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie,” published by the MSU Press.

15) Marilynne Eichinger Meet and Greet, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI, October 14, 11 AM-1 PM

Impression 5 Science Center will be hosting its founder, Marilynne Eichinger, for a meet and greet where she’ll share her new book, Lives of Museum Junkies, and share how she started the science center and the many struggles and successes she encountered along the way. Marilynne will be available to sign books following the event. 

If attending, please RSVP to Laura Zeller at

16) Michigan Military Heritage Museum, Multiple Internships Available

Internships available in exhibits, building, archiving, programming, advertising and development.

For more information, contact: Scott Gerych (

17) Volunteers Needed, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI

Exhibit are Volunteers, First Impression Room Assistants, Chemistry Lab and Demonstration Assistants, Exhibit Shop Aids & Custodian Volunteers

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State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops

18) “Taking a Look in the Mirror: Transformative Change within Museums”, U of M Museum of Art, October 4, 6:30 PM

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19) “Caring for Paper-based Collections”, Northeast Document Conservation Center Webinar, October 4

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20) “Tactics for the Anthropocene: Not an Alternative”, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI, October 13, 5:10 PM

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21) “What if? Demand the Impossible. On Museums and the Struggle for Social Justice”, U of M Museum of Art, November 1, 6:30 PM

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22) “Plug In: Museums and Social Action”, NEMA Annual Conference, Mystic, CT, November 9-11

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23) Call for Papers: Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History invites submissions that examine Performative Holocaust Memory.

Abstract deadline: October 31, 2016.

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24)    Call for Papers: The Senate House Library at the University of London invites 200-word abstracts for twenty-minute presentations to be featured at its conference on March 3, 2017. The conference is entitled, “Radical Collections: Radicalism and Libraries and Archives.”Deadline: November 21, 2016

Grants, Fellowships
25) The National Council on Public History (NCPH) invites submissions for its 2017 Awards
26) Smithsonian Institution Fellowship applications are now open to doctoral students. The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700.  All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.

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27) MOCAD Curatorial Fellowship

The intended outcome of this fellowship is to develop and deepen curatorial research in Southeastern Region of Michigan among the artists who live and work in the region. The fellowship will result in an exhibition accompanied by a publication, an expansive exhibition, and several public programs that put diversity first and foremost in the discourse. Starts Jan. 1, 2017.
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28) Multiple Fellowships, The American Geographical Society Library

The American Geographical Society Library in Milwaukee, WI invites applications for its 2017 fellowships.
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Deadline: November 4, 2016.


29) Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL 

The Norton Museum of Art seeks a candidate for the Ruth H. Rosenberg Internship.

Deadline: October 14, 2016.

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30) George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond, TX

Deadline: October 15, 2016

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31) The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is offering spring internships in a variety of positions: Development EventsDigital EngagementEducation, FinanceLibrary and Research CenterMembership, Public Programs, and Publication and Marking/Communications. Some opportunities for funding are available.

Deadline: October 15, 2016.

32) Fort Bend County Museum Association, Richmond, TX

The Fort Bend County Museum Association is seeing a graduate or undergraduate candidate in museum studies, public history, or history from an accredited institution, with a focus/interest in collections management, museum education or museum exhibition. Experience working in museums preferred. The internship will run roughly from January through mid‐July (some flexibility is possible in scheduling). The Fort Bend Museum’s Chief Curator will work with candidate to establish course credit and meet appropriate requirements. Candidate must have a car while completing the internship. Housing will be provided at the George Ranch Historical Park. A $100/wk stipend is also available. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, current resume or CV, and 3 references to: Chris Gobold, Chief Curator (

33) Computer History Museum, Fremont, CA

Seeking an Archives Intern

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Deadline: October 13, 2016
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