Presentation on Haffenreffer Museum at Brown Commencement Forum May 2012

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  • 1. Teaching andSarah Ganz Blythe,director of education, RISD Learning withMuseum of ArtArt and Artifact Elizabeth Hoover, visitingassistant professor, Centerfor the Study of Race and Commencement Forum Ethnicity in America May 2012 Steven Lubar, director,Haffenreffer Museum ofAnthropology Emily Stokes-Rees,postdoctoral fellow,Haffenreffer Museum ofAnthropology1

2. New directionsat theHaffenrefferMuseum LubarSteven 3. Click to edit Master text styles HaffenrefferMuseum at Manning Hall 4. Some history 1920: Founded as King Philip Museum by RudolphHaffenreffer, collector 1955: Given to Brown located 20 miles fromcampus in Bristol, RI 2005: Manning Hall gallery, on the main green 2008: Bristol facility closed to public; becomesCollections Research Center 5. CollectionsResearchCenter atBristol, Rhode Island 6. 7 7. Click to edit Master text styles 8. Working with faculty 9. Working with faculty For a university museum to become essential tothe university, it must provide support for the coregoals of the university: research, teaching, andlearning But faculty dont know how to work with artifacts We need to help them re-imagine their researchand teacing with objects... and we need to re-imagine the museumaround their research and teaching 10. Working with faculty Work with faculty from a wide range of disciplines Provide easy and convenient access to originalartifacts and works of art, and make it easy to usethem Read course descriptions, syllabi, and find objectsfor them Bring objects to class, bring class to objects Co-teach the class 11. Facultyexhibitions 12. ClassExhibitions 13. Class Exhibitions Make it easy Clear guidelines Schedules Labels Objects Dates Narrow the options 14. Teaching with objects Class assignments Object descriptions Writing assignments Close looking Object comparisons Object drawing 15. 23 16. Working with students 17. Undergraduatestudent groupprojects 18. 26 19. Graduatestudent groupprojects 20. 28 21. Dissertationexhibitionprojects 22. Student assistantson educationprojects 23. Studentcollectors 24. Studentcollectionsinterns 25. CultureLab 26. 38 27. 40 28. Catalogingin Public 29. 42 30. Culture Lab has been a greatexperience, because it has brought atangible, hands-on component to in-class work and discussion. I think CultureLab adds another dimension to learningin this way, that in many humanitiesclasses, is hard to accomplish.Usually, books and articles are mytools to learn. Now, I get to see andtouch real objects from the period I amstudying, which is a bit more excitingthan flipping through the pages of atextbook. 31. Reorienting the museum 32. Reflectivepractice! 33. Beyond themuseumbuilding! 34. Reach out!Let go!