Courses

Spring 2023 MUSE Course Descriptions
MUSE 400/546: Monuments, Memorials, and Racial Justice
Dr. Maria Lopez-Garcia, Thursday 12:00pm-2:30pm, CRN: 44151 (3 undergraduate hours) OR​ 42069 (4 graduate hours)
An exploration of the most recent debates regarding public spaces, monuments, and memorials, through an interdisciplinary lens, with critical attention paid to issues of history, race, ethnicity, violence, and memory.
 
MUSE 400/546: Museums in Theory
Dr. Lucy Mensah, Wednesdays 3:00pm-5:30pm, CRN: 42065 (3 undergraduate hours) OR​ 42258 (4 graduate hours)
This seminar will introduce students to a range of theoretical and critical frameworks that position “the museum” as an overlooked locus of power warranting serious, investigative inquiry. Instead of taking museums as de facto powerhouses of cultural and intellectual authority, students will interrogate key presuppositions about these institutions by asking—and answering-- key questions: What exactly are museums? Why and how do they exist? And, importantly, who do they exist for? In light of these exploratory questions, students will survey influential readings and media attributed to various schools of thought, including (in no ranked order) cultural studies, feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, whiteness studies, labor history, postcolonial/decolonial theory, animal studies, ecocriticism, and architectural design history. 
 
MUSE 400/546: MUSE/GWS Elective – Surviving the Long Wars
Aaron Hughes, Thursday 3:30pm-6:00pm, CRN: 45433 (3 undergraduate hours) OR​ 46464 (4 graduate hours)
This course integrates curatorial practices, critical theory, and popular education strategies to examine the contradictions and parallels between the US “Indian Wars” and the “Global War on Terror.” During the course students will be partnered with National Endowment for the Humanities Veteran Fellows to develop public programs that deepen our understanding of war, reveal opportunities for solidarity across differences, and inspire visions of a more just future.
 
 
MUSE 400/546:  Publishing Fwd: Museums Journal
Therese Quinn, Friday 11:00am-1:30pm, CRN: 44677 (3 undergraduate hours) OR 46463​ (4 graduate hours)
This seminar will produce Fwd: Museums 2023 - [Redacted], a peer-reviewed journal that features research, essays, interviews, reviews, artwork, and interventions. Students participate in all aspects of production—reviewing submissions, editing, design, and publicity. Everyone receives a copy and is invited to submit artwork and writing to the issue. Topics may include: Censorship; death; invisible labor; tainted funding; destruction of material culture; and more.

 

MUSE 542: Exhibition Practices
Dr. Lucy Mensah, Tuesday 3:30pm-6:00pm, CRN: 42066
Core course in exhibition making history and practices. Exposure to the mechanics of preparing exhibitions in physical and virtual environments; exhibition planning, design, management, and marketing.
 
 
MUSE 544: Public Engagement
Sam Ramos, Wednesday 3:00pm-5:30pm, CRN: 42067
Development of methods of audience and public interaction with exhibiting institutions and forms. Includes practicum in publicity, promotion, audience-development assessment.