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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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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Posted on May 12th, 2023 in Alumni, Events, Student Work by Laura Holzman

The 2023 graduating cohort of Museum Studies MA students organized a panel discussion about labor and labor equity in museums and related fields. Panelists: Jamillah R. Gabriel (MSTD MA ’16), Critical Pedagogy Research Librarian, Harvard University Martha Morris,  Associate Professor Emerita, George Washington University Anna Smyrl, Museum Assistant, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula; Secretary, Historical Museum at Fort …

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Posted on May 12th, 2023 in Book Reviews, Student Work by Laura Holzman

Libraries, Archives, and Museums: An Introduction to Cultural Heritage Institutions through the Ages. Suzanne M. Stauffer, ed. Blue Ridge Summit: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2021. REVIEWED BY KATHRYN PLANK What is the purpose of cultural institutions and what are their roles in society?  Suzanne Stauffer’s book, Libraries, Archives, and Museums: An Introduction to Cultural Heritage …

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Posted on May 9th, 2023 in Book Reviews, Student Work by Laura Holzman

The Rise and Rise of the Private Art Museum, by Georgina Adam. Lund Humphries in association with Sotheby’s Association of Art, 2021. REVIEWED BY SYD OVERTOOM When considering where to get one’s foot in the door concerning museum work, private museums are usually not at the top of the list. As individuals interested in working …

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Posted on May 5th, 2023 in Book Reviews, Student Work by Laura Holzman

Idea Colliders: The Future of Science Museums, by Michael John Gorman. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2020. REVIEWED BY MICHAEL CRANICK In Idea Colliders, Michael John Gorman explores the future of science museums. He quotes cellist Yo-Yo Ma about the “edge effect,” a place where spaces are created “to nurture cross-pollination of ideas” (Gorman 2020, 1). Gorman …

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Posted on May 2nd, 2023 in Book Reviews, Student Work by Laura Holzman

Doing Women’s History in Public: A Handbook for Interpretation at Museums and Historic Sites, by Heather Huyck. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. REVIEWED BY SOFIA ANTILA Heather Huyck’s guide to interpreting women’s history, published in 2020, delves into the way women’s history has been, and should be, interpreted through oral, visual, and written sources. This …

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