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LSA 2009/10 Theme Year

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Teaching in, with and about Museums: Engaging Students in Materially Different Ways

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 2:00 - 4:00pm
CRLT Seminar Room (first floor), 1013 Palmer Commons Building

Lisa Young with Anthropology 497 students selecting objects for an exhibit project from Museum of Anthropology Collections. (Photo: Lisa Young)

This session provides ideas, examples, and collaborative possibilities to enhance pedagogy in a range of disciplines. The session will include brief presentations from faculty and from museum educators. The ideas will be provocative and useful, whether one wants to create a module or course assignment, or whether one wants to design an entire course around museum collections and exhibits. In addition, participants will receive an overview of the events and lectures planned for the 2009-2010 LSA Museum Theme Year, along with information on University Museums including the lesser known. This workshop is presented by CRLT as part of the LSA Theme Year.

Lynn Anderson, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Kristin Hass, Program in American Culture and Women's Studies
Carla Sinopoli, Department of Anthropology and Curator and Director, Museum of Anthropology
Lisa Young, Department and Museum of Anthropology

Museum staff will be available to discuss their collections and ideas for collaboration. Among those present will be Kira Berman (Exhibit Museum of Natural History), Orian Neumann and Pam Reister (University of Michigan Museum of Art) and Lauren Talalay (Kelsey Museum of Archaeology).

To register, please click here: www.crlt.umich.edu/faculty/facseminar.php

Museum Visits

Our university museums are eager to work with faculty to incorporate collections and objects into your teaching. To find out about available resources and arrange tours and class visits, please contact:

  1. Museum of Art

    UMMA will offer 30-60 minute behind-the-scenes tours and discussions of the museum's new instructional spaces and curatorial research library services by appointment to individual or small groups of faculty or instructional staff every Friday between 1-3 pm, starting Friday, January 29th and ending Friday, March 19th. Please email Renne Jinn, Assistant to the Director at reneejin@umma.umich.edu to make an appointment.

  2. Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, contact Lauren Talalay: talalay@umich.edu or Todd Gerring: tegerr@umich.edu
  3. Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
  4. Exhibit Museum of Natural History, contact Kira Berman: kiberman@umich.edu
  5. Detroit Observatory
  6. Museum of Anthropology, contact Karen O'Brien: klobrien@umich.edu
  7. Museum of Paleontology, contact Christina Minor at 734-764-0489
  8. Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, contact Carol Stepanchuk: 734 936-2891, stearns@umich.edu.
  9. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
  10. Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, contact Shannon O'Dell: dentalmuseum@umich.edu

Public Goods Council Grants for Teaching

The Public Goods Council (PGC) is a cluster of University organizations dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and culture through music, works of art, special collections, historical archives, natural science resources, other scholarly resources, performance programs, coursework and experiential learning. Members include Arts of Citizenship, Arts at Michigan, Arts on Earth, Bentley Historical Library, Clements Library, Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museums, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Art, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, University Library, and University Musical Society.

The PGC seeks to foster the use of Public Goods resources in undergraduate teaching through providing small grants for teaching collaborations between our members and U-M faculty. For more information on the PGC grant program, contact Katie Bauer at kati@umich.edu or the directors of PGC units.