Posted on December 14th, 2023 in Announcements by jachigg

A big congratulations to all of our students for another great semester! Our social media will be quiet over the break, but stay tuned for more great activity once we come back in January!  

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Banner for the Museum Studies Program Open House on November 17th, 2023.
Posted on November 9th, 2023 in Announcements, Events, Featured by jachigg

Are you considering graduate school in museum studies? Watch our Fall 2023 info session to meet professors, get answers about the upcoming application process, and more! The IU Indianapolis Museum Studies Program offers a MA and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies. We welcome full- and part-time students. Explore the exciting opportunities for a career in …

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Posted on November 8th, 2023 in Student Work by jachigg

By Syd Overtoom “Story encompasses many ways of knowing.” This was said by the American Evaluation Association President Corrie Whitmore on the first official day of the conference sessions, and it still sticks with me several days later. The AEA’s conference is for all evaluation, not just museum evaluation or visitor studies, but the theme …

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5 people standing in a museum display with a canoe smile while holding dusting tools.
Posted on June 8th, 2023 in Student Work by Laura Holzman

By Marissa Hamm “…the Ziibiwing Center staff, both past and present, hold a collective sense about Ziibiwing’s creation. It is a ‘community project’–a ‘we’ effort instead of an individual one.” (Lonetree 2012, 129) During the first day of class, Dr. Holly Cusack-McVeigh made two things clear: one, we would come to know one another well …

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Posted on May 26th, 2023 in Book Reviews, Student Work by Laura Holzman

Prophets and Ghosts: The Story of Salvage Anthropology by Samuel J. Redman. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2021. REVIEWED BY SARA POLK Gripping the nation from the very formation of the field of anthropology was the idea that Native peoples were disappearing, requiring white scientists to save their languages and material culture from a doomed nonexistence. …

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Posted on May 23rd, 2023 in Book Reviews, Student Work by Laura Holzman

The Art Museum in Modern Times by Charles Saumarez Smith. New York: Thames & Hudson, Inc., 2021. REVIEWED BY JENNIFER MOTT Charles Saumarez Smith’s The Art Museum in Modern Times serves as a type of reference for how museums have changed in the modern era. Smith, a respected Cultural Historian and former Director of both …

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Posted on May 19th, 2023 in Book Reviews, Student Work by Laura Holzman

Museum Diplomacy: Transnational Public History and the U.S. Department of State, by Richard J.W. Harker. University of Massachusetts Press: 2020. REVIEWED BY JACOB HIGGINS Richard Harker’s book, Museum Diplomacy: Transnational Public History and the U.S. Department of State is a critical look at the program known as Museums Connect. Museums Connect, which operated between 2008 …

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A group of people wearing academic regalia.
Posted on May 16th, 2023 in Alumni, Featured, Public Scholarship, Research, Student Work by Laura Holzman

Cheers to our newest class of Museum Studies MAs! Our graduating students have curated exhibits with local and international institutions, studied hidden health hazards in museum collections, developed strategic plans with museum partners, evaluated multiple exhibits and public programs in Central Indiana, helped repatriate meaningful objects to the communities where they belong, and more – …

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Posted on May 16th, 2023 in Book Reviews, Student Work by Laura Holzman

Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest by Laura Raicovich. New York: Verso Books, 2021. REVIEWED BY AVA OSOWICK Laura Raicovich’s book Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest challenges the museum’s perceived duty. At their core, museums and museum adjacent organizations serve the public, and many believe that, …

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