Museum Studies Blog

Posted on March 3rd, 2024 in Book Reviews, Student Work by jachigg

Museums, Modernity and Conflict: Museums and Collections in and of War Since the Nineteenth Century. Edited by Kate Hill. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 2020. REVIEWED BY JASON HOUSLEY Commonly attributed to such varied personages as Winston Churchill, Herman Goring and Missouri Senator George Graham Vest, the aphorism ‘’History is written by the victors’’  pertains to the …

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Posted on February 5th, 2024 in Book Reviews, Student Work by jachigg

On Withdrawal—Scenes of Refusal, Disappearance, and Resilience in Art and Cultural Practices edited by Sebastian Eduardo Dávila, Rebecca Hanna John, Ulrike Jordan, Thorsten Schneider, Judith Sieber, and Nele Wulff. Diaphanes & University of Chicago Press, 2023. REVIEWED BY GRACIE COLLIER Museums foremost serve the public, and all too often the public is considered only in …

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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 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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