How are faculty and students working with academic programs at the McClung Museum to create unique interactive learning experiences and projects? Here are a few examples.
Professor Sarah Dees, lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, is teaching “Religion in Museums,” a mini-term course that meets in the museum, uses exhibitions for discussion and final project, and which explores the ways that religions have been historically represented in public spaces, including the museum.
Students from Professor Misty Anderson’s English 411 class, British Literature 1660–1740, were inspired by conversations surrounding eighteenth-century slavery artifacts in the museum’s Object Study Room to organize a human trafficking panel discussion on campus.
Students from School of Art Professor Sarah Lowe’s design studio class created mock apps for the museum’s Decorative Arts gallery in collaboration with academic programs. One student-created app, The Decorative Duel, won an award at the American Alliance of Museum’s 2015 annual conference.
Using research completed at the McClung Museum, Christine Dano Johnson published her paper, “Not Just Objects,” which she wrote for a 2014 American Studies senior seminar, in Pursuit, UT’s journal of undergraduate research. Dano Johnson has been working directly with Native Alaskan artists and organizations to properly name and attribute objects from the museum’s collections, and her paper addresses the intellectual and cultural-political complexities of museums classifying and exhibiting the material culture of Alaskan Native American communities.
Lindsey Wainwright, coordinator of academic programs, discusses the significance of a recent gift of almost 200 maps to the McClung Museum with local NPR station WUOT. The map collection is often used in coursework and student research projects in academic programs.