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Academic Programs Examples

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.

Religion in Museums CourseUT Religious Studies Professor Sarah Dees Teaches “Religion and Museums” Class at McClung

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.



Robert Rennie and UT students look at an 18th century gun and slave shackles. McClung Museum Lesson Inspires UT Students to Organize Human Trafficking Awareness Event

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.



The Decorative Duel App Screenshot UT Students Win Honorable Mention at American Alliance of Museums’ 2015 Media and Technology MUSE Awards

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.


Christine Dano Johnson holds a Native Alaskan mask she completed research on UT Student Research on Native Alaskan Objects is Published in Undergraduate Journal Pursuit

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 looks through maps in the McClung Museum's collections. Maps in McClung Museum Collections Blend Art with Worldview

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.

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