MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter
Museum Studies News, Events, and Resources
1. Reminder to Graduating Seniors As a general reminder to graduating seniors, you will lose access to your MSU email account soon after graduation. In order to stay connected with Museum Studies and to continue receiving the E-newsletter, please contact Susan Bandes with your non-MSU affiliated email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. Museum Studies Practicum, Summer 2017 There are still spaces left in the Museum Studies Practicum offered this summer by MSU Museum curators Shirley Wajda and Mary Worrall. AL 497 is a one-credit course that offers the unique opportunity to learn about curation and collections management using the historic textile collection that was recently transferred from the Apparel, Textile and Design program to the museum. In this hands-on experience, students will research, catalogue and store clothing and other textiles. The short-term course is offered in the first summer semester, Monday and Wednesday, 12:40-2:30pm, May 15- June 1 and meets at the MSU Museum.
3. Michigan Museums Association Annual Meeting in Lansing Update Two MSU undergraduate students, Jason McCormick and Jasmine Smith, were selected as presenters in the student session at the upcoming Michigan Museums Association meeting, October 17-19 at the Lansing Center. Each will talk about their experiences during their internships. Thanks to the generous support from Chris Long, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, attendance by a number of students at the annual meeting will be subsidized. Watch this newsletter for further information about these scholarships.
4. (Re)Dress: Outfitting Controversy, the curatorial effort of this Spring Semester’s AL 488/888 Curatorial Practices students, remains on view through May 7 at the Union Art Gallery on the second floor of the MSU Union. The venue is new for this annual exhibition as is the theme- controversy and identify revealed through dress. Each of the twenty-five students in the course chose one object from either the MSU Museum or the Broad Art Museum collections. After thoroughly studying and researching the object, each wrote a label that addressed how the wearer self-identified by the clothing or was identified by others. From prison and KKK uniforms to fur stoles and stars and stripes bell-bottom pants, the exhibition takes visitors across the globe and from the late 19th century to the present, unearthing controversies that have since faded from memory or remain alive today.
5. 2017-2018 Museum Studies Courses Scheduled
Museum Studies courses at MSU have a new course code beginning in Fall 2017. Courses will be listed as “MUSM” (rather than under the old “AL”). Fall courses include: MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies and MUSM 494 Exhibition Theory and Design. Spring courses are MUSM 488 Curatorial Practices and MUSM 498 Learning in Museums.
In addition, for the first time a new History course, History Harvest, HST 495, cross-listed as MUSM 495 will be offered and can count for credit in the Museum Studies minor and graduate track. History Harvest is a hands-on, collaborative course at MSU that joins a larger nationwide initiative (see www.historyharvest.net) to collect the stories, artifacts, documents, and family heirlooms of underrepresented and marginalized communities. Students in History Harvest courses will build relationships with community leaders and organizations, hold events where they collect oral histories and digitize historical objects, and then create a digital archive that tells the story of a community and its history.
This Fall, HST 495/MSUM 495 will learn about and connect with the Latinx community in Lansing and Mid-Michigan. Students will learn about the history of Latinx culture, identity, migration, employment, churches, and more through the lived experiences of participants and their historical artifacts.
MSU Museums, Galleries, and Collections: Events, Exhibitions, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities
Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities
State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops
14. Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites Webinar, AASLH, May 4,2017
15. Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections, Northeast Document Conservation Center, May 12, 2017
16. Basic Grantwriting, Dorthy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Rapids, MI, May 31, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
17. Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Annual Conference and Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, July 12-15, 2017
18. The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship will host its annual conference, from July 9-13, 2017 in Kansas City, MO.
19. MMA Annual Conference 2017, Lansing, MI, October 17-19, 2017
20. Museum Computer Network Annual Conference 2017, “Looking Back, Thinking Forward, Taking Action” Pittsburgh, PA, November 7-10, 2017
21. Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship: Administered by the Department of Anthropology, the Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship Program provides Michigan State University graduate students who have a scholarly interest in cultural heritage with support to develop vital skills with key technologies and tools, explore fundamental topics in digital cultural heritage, and build a significant and innovative digital cultural heritage project.
Informational Meeting: May 5th, 9:00-10:00 AM, 115 Old Horticulture
Deadline: July 3, 2017
22. The Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund invites applications for its Capital Preservation and Historic Site Management Grants. Deadline: May 3, 2017.
23. The in Fort Worth, TX invites applications for its Davidson Family Fellowship. Deadline: May 30, 2017.
24. Education and Events Intern, Applewood Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint, MI
25. The invites applications for its . Deadline: May 15, 2017.
26. Guest Experience Team Member, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI
27. Interpreter, Tawas Point Lighthouse Historic Site, East Tawas, MI
28. Director of Development, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, MI
29. School Experience Manager, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
30. Multiple Renegade Tour Guide Positions, Museum Hack
31. Registrar, World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, MO
32. Assistant Collections Manager, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Deadline: May 12, 2017.
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