Courses

Fall 2021 MUSE Course Descriptions
MUSE 400: Environmental & Climate Justice
Rosa Cabrera, Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:30pm CDT, CRN: 45574 (3 undergraduate hours) OR 45575 (4 graduate hours)
This course examines the environmental justice movement and its connection to climate change. It scrutinizes larger systems of power and privilege that produce unjust environmental and climate conditions putting communities of color, immigrants, indigenous, and low-income earners at greater risk. This course will use transnational case studies from Chicago’s Latinx community, Puerto Rico, the U.S./Mexico border and other localities to examine the intersection of environmental pollution and climate change with migration, displacement, surveillance, identity, and COVID19. This is a highly collaborative course that requires full participation in the reading discussions and student interdependence to work in small groups. Students will be engaging with speakers through the LCC Climates of Inequality traveling exhibition public program series and working with community partners Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) and Alianza Americas to design a set of placed-based solutions rooted in justice for workers, frontline communities, and the environment.
 
This section of MUSE 546 is open to all graduate students. Undergraduates should register for the MUSE 400 section of this class.
 
 
MUSE 532: Museum Collections
Skylah Hearn, Thursdays, 2:30pm-5:30pm CDT, CRN:  43541
Practical, theoretical and institutional settings of the museum and exhibition professions. Students meet in seminar environments, read and discuss core texts and ideas; travel to representative exhibition and cultural heritage sites.
 
 
MUSE 543: Writing for Exhibitions​
Dr. Lucy Mensah, Tuesdays, 12:00pm-2:30pm CDT, CRN: 43534
Practicum in producing texts for sites across physical and virtual museum and exhibition environments, from labels to exhibition catalogs. Includes digital and virtual exhibition venues
 
 
MUSE 545: Museum Genres, Practices, and Institutions
Maria Eugenia López-Garcia, Wednesdays, 600pm-8:30pm CDT, CRN: 43539
History of museums, cultural heritage sites, other sites of preservation and exhibition; includes discussion of contemporary sites of virtual display.