Spring 2019 MUSE Course Descriptions
Producing Fwd: Museums Journal
Therese Quinn
MUSE 546 (CRN: 42069)
Tuesday 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM 
This seminar focuses on the production of the third issue of Fwd: Museums, a journal produced by the Museum and Exhibition Studies Program and printed by Chicago’s Stepsister Press. Offering a platform for participating in and advancing the discourses of radical/critical museum studies and practice, Fwd: Museums features student and solicited research, essays, interviews, reviews, artwork, experiments and interventions.  Meeting weekly, enrolled students will read articles offering grounding in critical museum studies, review submissions, identify key publication components (contents, contributors, editing, formatting and design), and participate in all aspects of the journal’s production. Each student will receive a copy of the completed journal.
Critical Public Histories
Jennie Brier
MUSE 546 (CRN: 42258) / HIST 593 (CRN: 30124)
Wednesday 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Critical Public Histories will explore how museums and other cultural venues have engaged with and produced representations of racial justice, gender justice and social justice more generally. I hope to begin the semester with a series of topical investigations on subjects including: HIV/AIDS, abolition, settler-colonialism and migration. We will also investigate a range of methodological questions on how to produce publicly facing cultural and historical work that allows for myriad experiences and knowledge production. In addition to readings and discussions, the class will also have some kind of project-based work where students can imagine and create (perhaps also further research) new critical representations of the past.
Curating Social and Environmental Justice Among Latinx immigrants- Phase II  
Rosa Cabrera
MUSE 400 (CRN: 42258)
Wednesday 3:00 PM - 5:45PM
Every day we are told that immigrants, especially those crossing the Southern border, are a threat to our country and illegitimate members of our society. On the other hand, commentaries about environmental and climate change issues are scarce, and their absence manifests continued denial and unjust policies that disproportionately impacts marginalized communities.   In this course, students will further analyze the stories from Latinx and their immigrant families - collected during Phase I in the fall - connecting the issues of im/migration and environmental/ climate justice. The stories and other data collected will be used to create a local story for a national traveling exhibit and other platforms for civic engagement.   This is a national project led by the Humanities Action Lab with member universities including UIC and in partnership with Alianza Americas.   This course is open to undergraduate students who completed Phase I in the fall and to graduate students who can demonstrate knowledge of museum studies or are currently enrolled in the Museum and Exhibition Studies program.
Investigating & Curating a Century of War & Survival
Aaron Hughes
MUSE 546 (CRN: 42068)
Monday 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM
The UIC Museum and Exhibition Studies Program (MUSE) and the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) have partnered to offer Investigating & Curating a Century of War & Survival, a graduate seminar focused on the research and development for the first ever NVAM Triennial and Veteran Art Summit. The NVAM Triennial and Veteran Art Summit inaugural exhibition will highlight the historic and contemporary impact of veteran artists and artwork on our cultural landscape, and examine the signs, symbols, forms, techniques, and strategies that veterans use across generations to create meaning out of war, seek justice, and imagine reconciliation. During the course, student research teams will be partnered with NEH NVAM Veteran Curatorial Fellows in order to finalize framing, produce educational materials, and develop programing. Two overarching questions will serve to provide focus for the course and will be the basis for course outputs:
- Across generations veterans have used the arts to express and share complicated, contradictory, traumatizing, and/or transforming war experiences. What are the signs, symbols, words, forms, techniques, strategies, etc. that resonate across generations, and that veterans intentionally and unintentionally repeat in order to create meaning out of trauma?
- How does this process of creating meaning and the creative practices of veterans in general relate to veterans’ personal survival, and to a larger concept of community and human survival?
Through the course students will gain a deeper understanding of veteran art movements over the last century, get experience working with veteran artists and curators, and explore novel ways to engage the public around themes of war and survival. The class will be taught by artist, curator, veteran, and NVAM Art Committee Chair Aaron Hughes. This is part two of a two semester course. Although it will be helpful, students do not need to have taken part one to sign up for part two.
Some courses require departmental approval. Please contact Anthony Stepter to request approval.