This course is designed as part of a public history sequence at the graduate level. Because the students I teach are getting a broad education in a variety of public history skills, this course may likely be the only museum specific class they’ll have. Accordingly, I try to cover lots of different areas and balance readings with hands on workshops. Like my Public Digital Humanities course, this practicum is roughly split between theoretical readings and the practical application of methodological tools.
Development of this course was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the summer institute Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere. I’m grateful to the directors and my fellow participants for helping push and clarify my thinking about museums.
Ethnography of museum experience
Assessing museum accessibility
Assessing museum programs