Onsite Seminar

JHU Museum Studies Onsite Seminars Summer Seminars 2015 (460.610)

A two-week, intensive, period of on-ground museum study in Washington, DC, or in another location organized by the Museum Studies Program, is a required component for graduation. The seminar includes practicum opportunities in a variety of museum settings; conversations with local museum professionals; observation of and interaction with museum visitors; and class sessions to integrate the daily experiences. Using the rich diversity of museums in the Washington area or an equally suitable site, this course provides students with the chance to use what they have learned in their prior courses, develop networks with fellow students and museum experts, and explore the latest in museum practice, including exhibition design and development, public programming, collections management, conservation, and uses of technology in the museum. Students work on directed activities during the two-week period, and the museum visits during the seminars are very focused on the academic work being accomplished. Some seminars require preparatory work before the seminar and follow-up work after the seminar. Please read the descriptions carefully.

Academic Requirements:

Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program to register for this class, however four or more courses are recommended. (One of these courses must be 460.601 or 460.602). Requirements may vary for specific seminars, so please read the descriptions carefully.

Enrollment:

Most seminars require 14 people to register before they can run. Some seminars may require more than 14. Please read the specific seminar description carefully. (The maximum number of students for each seminar is 20.) If you need the seminar to graduate in that specific semester, please register early. Do not purchase plane tickets or make other investments in your trip until you hear that there are enough participants enrolled. All students will be notified.

Important Note:

Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations, and meals, as well as any specified field trip fees. The museum visits during the seminars are very focused on the academic work being accomplished. Please arrange to spend extra time before or after the seminar in the location if you wish to spend additional time at the museums.

Summer 2015: Seminar Locations and Dates

1. Berlin, Germany, Onsite Seminar (460.610.91)
Sunday, June 7 – Friday, June 19, 2015
More information below
14 students minimum to run this seminar
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2. Philadelphia, PA, Onsite Seminar (460.610.92)
Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 25, 2015
More information below
14 students minimum to run this seminar
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Berlin, Germany, Onsite Seminar (460.610.91)

Sunday, June 7 – Friday, June 19, 2015
14 students minimum to run this seminar
NOTE NEW DATE: This seminar will begin at 5:00 pm Sunday, June 7

Course Description

Learning from the past: Museums as core players
Berlin, now the capital of Germany, has a special role in recent history. Its museums are collecting, preserving and presenting history and daily life for visitors to better understand our present-day society. In this study course we will look at local history reflected in Berlin museums and discuss the way it is collected and presented. Seventy years ago – at the end of WWII – Berlin was in ruins and museum objects destroyed or relocated to several locations in order to save them. Germany was divided between the allies in the West and the soviets in the East and its museum collections were separated as well. When the cold war ended in 1989, collections were returned to either West- or East-Berlin, or have not yet been returned at all. We will research how these changes over the years are collected, reflected and presented in Berlin’s museums for the local as well as for a national and international audience, and will culminate in a final project

Each student should bring with him/her an object, which relates to their family history from the past 70 years and possibly relates to Europe.

Course Objectives

As a result of participating in this seminar, students will be able to

  • Identify and discuss different ways of presenting history;
  • Reflect on how to collect (objects of) daily life; how to decide what is worth collecting;
  • Understand better collection policies: how to find a balance between the personal value of objects offered to the museum and their value for the collection;
  • Understand the difficulties of documenting objects.

Preliminary List of Museums

Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Bode-Museum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Ephraim-Palais – Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
Kreuzberg Museum
Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

Academic Requirements

Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program to register for this class. One of these courses must be 460.601 or 460.602.

Seminar Leader

Prof. Monika Hagedorn-Saupe studied mathematics, sociology, psychology, and education at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, at Kings College London, and at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1985, she has been a staff member of the Institut für Museumsforschung (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz), overseeing the annual statistics of all German museums. Since 1994, she has been Head of the department “Visitor-related museum research and museum statistics”, is responsible for several European projects and acts as the Deputy Director of the Institute. Since 1997 she chairs the Special Interest Group on Documentation (Fachgruppe Dokumentation) in the German Museum Association (Deutscher Museumsbund e.V.).

Since 2013 she is a member of the board of ICOM-Europe. She chairs the information Centres Working Group in CIDOC, the documentation committee in ICOM. In 2001, she was nominated from the German Federal government to participate in the European NRG (National Representatives Group on Digitisation in Culture) and is now a member in the follow-up group MSEG. She is a member of the executive board of Europeana, representing ICOM. She is Vice-President of the Michael Culture Association.

She is Professor in museology at the University of Applied Sciences HTW in Berlin/Germany and teaches visitor research, and European networking.

Time Commitment

Prepare to be completely “immersed” during the entire two-week period! Students will be busy from 9:00am– 5:00 pm each day, with some evenings and weekend work also required. Do not schedule activities unrelated to the seminar during these two weeks (including the weekend) until the syllabus becomes available. NOTE: There will be some preparatory work for this seminar to be sure everyone is familiar with the software being used.

Significant Others

Friends or partners may accompany students to Berlin and may share hotel/dorm rooms. However, they are NOT allowed in class or on field trips.

Accommodations

Students are responsible for making their own accommodations. We are looking to secure rooms at a group rate at a nearby hotel and will disseminate information as soon as it is available.

Dress Code

Informal business attire on the days we visit museums; casual at other times.

Getting Around Town

Walking and public transportation will be used to get around town. Public transport in Berlin for the whole period will be approximately 75 Euro per person.

Travel Information

Please visit the Student Travel page for information about waiver, liability, and emergency contact forms, and travel and health insurance.

Waiver Forms

Passports are needed for U.S. citizens to enter the Germany. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the date you enter the country. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens for travel to the Germany. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the Germany embassy or consulate in your country for passport and visa information.

Please visit the Student Travel page for information about waiver, liability, and emergency contact forms, travel and health insurance, and international SOS.

Students traveling to Berlin, Germany, must fill out the following forms:

  1. International Study Release and Waiver of Liability Form
  2. Emergency Contact Form

Seminar Cost

The cost of the Onsite Seminar course is the normal tuition rate for one class in the Museum Studies Program, which is approximately $3,741. There is an additional $500 field trip fee for the Berlin seminar. Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations, and meals, as well as any local subway or bus fares. Public transport in Berlin for the whole period will be approximately 75 Euro per person.

NOTE: Tuition rates for this course are estimated. Rates are subject to change and are subject to Board of Trustees approval.

Registration

Students will register for this course (460.610.91) in ISIS (https://isis.jhu.edu). This course needs 14 students to run. (The maximum number of students is 20.).

IMPORTANT:This course has a non-refundable $500 fee. If you drop this course prior to March 10, you will be refunded the tuition only. If you drop this course after March 10, there will be no refund. Tuition may not appear immediately on your billing statement but the previously stated refund information still applies.

Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. You cannot drop this course online, you must contact the Registration office at aapregistration@jhu.edu if you wish to drop.

Important Dates

February 10, 2015: Registration opens
March 10, 2015: Last day to register, emergency contact information due, waiver form due
June 7, 2015: Seminar begins
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Philadelphia, PA, Onsite Seminar (460.610.92)

Monday, July 13 — Friday, July 25, 2015
14 students minimum to run this seminar

Course Description: Storytelling Bootcamp

What can we learn from opera, Shakespeare, HBO’s The Wire, Instagram, or even your accountant’s spreadsheet? Regardless of expertise or title, this experiential, fast-paced exploration of storytelling will challenge seminar participants to see his or her work in the museum field through a storytelling lens.

Starting with a mission, artifact, place or an idea, informed by your personal experience and educational pursuits, the Storytelling Bootcamp functions as a springboard for seminar students to leap into the heart of the narrative to find his or her unique approach to the art and science of telling a good story.

Philadelphia is rich with hidden cultural treasures and iconic block-buster institutions. Seminar students will visit a range of museums to observe and reflect on the museum’s ever-evolving role as steward, conservator and leader in cultural resource planning, interpretation and design. Through daily activities in a variety of museums, observations of visitors, a series of guest speakers and class sessions, seminar students will begin to assess and expand his or her relationship to narrative as a concept and a tool. Conversations with a diverse selection of museum professionals, artists, designers and media producers will provide a platform for discussing best practices in storytelling across the museum landscape including providing opportunities for the visitor to tell his or her own story (as an essential aspect of the contemporary museum experience) through participatory learning manifestations and user generated content.

Seminar Project

The goal of the two-week intensive seminar is to engage the voice of the river through a storytelling format made up of vibrations, musical notes, instruments and spoken words.

Working with the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum as our co-collaborator and host, the class will work in groups to create “Dispatches from the Delaware River” podcast series. These one- to two-minute audio vignettes will explore the sights, sounds, people, histories and happenings of an ever-evolving riverscape.

The museum hopes to use these podcasts in a developing series that will link the stories of Philadelphia’s two rivers (the Delaware and the Schuylkill) along the Schuylkill River Trail. An estimated one million people use Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail annually –a 250- mile regional bike and pedestrian trail network known as the Circuit. This path includes a 130-mile long network of historic and cultural attractions that are inherently tied to the river where history, education, culture and action seamlessly intersect. When completed, the Circuit will extend to 750 miles.

During the course, each group of four people will work together to:

  1. Establish project goals and indicators of success;
  2. Conduct research;
  3. Storyboard narratives and scripts;
  4. Present ideas to peers and the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum;
  5. Record ambient sound, interviews and other audio content;
  6. Collect audio assets and source material;
  7. Work closely with professional sound editors in the making of podcast final products.

Presentations and/or performances of each project will take place on the last day of the seminar. Additionally, each seminar participant will keep a daily log reflecting on the work and experiences of the day in the form of a digital blog.

The Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum
Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum (http://www.phillyseaport.org/) is the region’s primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River.

The Museum was incorporated in 1961 and began serving the public with small exhibitions and through the assemblage of a library, archival materials and collections. In 1974 the Museum moved to larger quarters within the Independence Park Historic District. At the same time, the Museum opened the Workshop on the Water – a fully operational boat building facility used for display and teaching purposes – on Penn’s Landing, which not only established a strong institutional waterfront presence, but also became an anchor attraction for the revitalization of the historic waterfront area.

A new location on Penn’s Landing became economically viable when the City of Philadelphia’s Port of History building became available. A $15 million renovation and expansion on the building began in January 1994, and the new facility with increased exhibition, educational, library and storage/curatorial space and an incorporated Workshop on the Water opened to the public in July 1995, renamed as Independence Seaport Museum. In January 1996, the Museum assumed the responsibility for Olympia, Admiral Dewey’s famed flagship during his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898, and the World War II submarine, Becuna, both of which are National Historic Landmarks.

Today, the Independence Seaport Museum is an anchor attraction on Penn’s Landing, attracting visitors to experience both Philadelphia’s heritage and current waterfront. The Museum educates area youth groups through interactive programs in its boat shop, presents changing exhibits in its galleries and hosts visiting ships and events year-round.

Details

  • The seminar will make formal visits to a range of different types of museums throughout Philadelphia spanning all disciplines and institutional sizes. Everyday we will visit at least one cultural institution. Philadelphia is a walking city so please wear comfortable shoes. Students must purchase a student membership to the American Association of Museums.
  • Participation is required. Students will be expected to actively participate in daily discussions, and keep a daily digital reflection journal.
  • In addition to participation in the final presentation on the last day of the seminar, students will be asked to submit a final reflection paper about their Philadelphia experience. Each group will also be required to submit a version of their project in a digital format on the final day of the seminar.
  • Students are expected to review museum websites for educational materials and collection information before site visits.
  • If you have a laptop (PC or Mac), a tablet and/or a smartphone please bring everything with you.
  • There will be some preparatory work for this seminar to be sure everyone is familiar with the software being used.

Course Objectives

As a result of participating in this seminar, students will:

  • Explore the basics of storytelling in ways they can apply in their own work places, to their own projects. They will go beyond the current rhetoric and learn how stories can be found in any setting;
  • Define and apply a spectrum of approaches and strategies employed by museums to engage visitors with their story;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the exhibition process as a collaborative and iterative production involving an interdisciplinary team or experts;
  • Become more adept at allowing good ideas to be questioned, tested and transformed into great ones;
  • Use creative and critical thinking skills in the creation of a narrative;
  • Discuss the concept and application of object-based learning as it applies to exhibition development;
  • Use the techniques of media documentation, production, and presentation;
  • Identify the characteristics, benefits and challenges of a group collaborative approach to a project;
  • Examine and discuss the diverse ways that museums encourage interactivity and meet the various needs and expectations of their current and potential visitors to engage with their collection and mission;
  • Practice observation, reflection and professional presentation skills in critiquing and offering recommendations to peers and colleagues.

Preliminary list of museums and facilities

The Rosenbach Museum and Library; The Wagner Free Institute; The Fairmount Water Works; National Museum of American Jewish History; The Barnes Foundation; The American Philosophical Society Museum; The National Constitution Center Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; The; Institute of Contemporary Art; Asian Arts Initiative; Philadelphia Museum of Arts; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; The Penn Museum; Eastern State Penitentiary; Independence Hall; Independence Seaport Museum; Bartrams Garden.

Academic Requirements

Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program to register for this class. One of these courses must be 460.601 or 460.602.

Seminar Leader

The instructor for the Philadelphia, PA seminar is Victoria Prizzia, founder of Habithèque Inc., an established business entity representing nearly twenty years of professional work in the field of interpretive planning and design. Victoria has spent her entire career engaged in the cultural and educational interests of the non-profit and commercial sectors. Her diverse experiences and educational pursuits, including a Master of Arts in education and Master of Fine Arts in interpretive planning and design, have provided a solid foundation for analytical thinking and on-the-fly problem solving. Her network of contacts within museums and consulting firms spans the country. Victoria takes a strong interest in helping the next generation of museum professionals work toward their goals. She is currently an adjunct professor at Drexel University and formerly at the University of the Arts. Victoria has been teaching graduate and undergraduate classes and serving as a thesis advisor for the past seven years using curricula that she has continued to develop and refine. Victoria led the JHU Philadelphia seminar in 2014. You can email her at Victoria@habitheque.com.

Time Commitment

Prepare to be completely “immersed” during the entire two-week period! Students will be busy from 9:00am– 5:00 pm each day, with some evenings and weekend work also required. Do not schedule activities unrelated to the seminar during these two weeks (including the weekend) until the syllabus becomes available. NOTE: There will be some preparatory work for this seminar to be sure everyone is familiar with the software being used.

Significant others

Friends or partners may accompany students to Philadelphia, PA and may share hotel/dorm rooms. However, they are NOT allowed in class or on field trips.

Accommodations

Students are responsible for making their own accommodations. We are looking to secure rooms at a group rate at a nearby hotel and will disseminate information as soon as it is available. You are, of course, free to find your own accommodations but we recommend that you stay close to the center of the city for ease of travel to and from classes.

Dress Code

Informal business attire on the days we visit museums; casual at other times.

Getting around Town

We will walk to many of our field trips. Cabs and/or the local bus system will also be options.

Travel Information

Please visit the Student Travel page for information about waiver, liability, and emergency contact forms, and travel and health insurance.

Waiver Forms

Students traveling to Philadelphia must fill out the following forms by March 10:

  1. Student Field Trip Release and Waiver of Liability Form
  2. Emergency Contact Form

Seminar Cost

The cost of the Onsite Seminar course is the normal tuition rate for one class in the Museum Studies Program, which is approximately $3,741. There is an additional $300 field trip fee for the Berlin seminar.

Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations, and meals, as well as any local subway or bus fares.

NOTE: Tuition rates for this course are estimated. Rates are subject to change and are subject to Board of Trustees approval.

Registration

Students will register for this course (460.610.92) in ISIS (https://isis.jhu.edu). This course needs 14 students to run. (The maximum number of students is 20.)

This course has a non-refundable $300 fee. If you drop this course prior to March 10, you will be refunded the tuition only. If you drop this course after March 10, there will be no refund. Tuition may not appear immediately on your billing statement but the previously stated refund information still applies.

Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. You cannot drop this course online, you must contact the Registration office at aapregistration@jhu.edu if you wish to drop..

Important Dates

February 10, 2015: Registration opens
March 10, 2015: Last day to register, emergency contact information due, waiver form due
July 13, 2015: Seminar begins.