Welcome

Over the past year, we have been reviewing and revising of our Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Goals and Objectives. We engaged faculty, students, and stakeholders in this important process. I would like to share some highlights of the process.

The new Mission establishes our three primary purposes: (1) to engage in critical examination of museum theory and practice, (2) to foster innovative approaches that extend the potential of museums to serve society; and (3) to prepare students for leadership in the diverse, multidisciplinary museum field.

This mission is informed by the program’s basic values. These values emphasize how our program is related to the museum profession as a whole. Our Values Statement asserts that museums serve society best when they create dynamic settings where:

  • material evidence opens new pathways for understanding the past, the present, and the future;
  • knowledge and understanding becomes accessible and inspiring for diverse audiences;
  • important topics facing society are openly presented, discussed, and challenged; and
  • reflection on fundamental topics such as representation, equity, and access is ongoing.

With museums’ potential as our inspiration, we affirm our intention to:

  • produce graduates who have gained scholarly expertise as well as practical knowledge, skills, and confidence;
  • emphasize the fundamentally multidisciplinary nature of museum studies;
  • advance professional best practices in all facets of museum work;
  • advocate responsible stewardship of natural, artistic, historic, and cultural resources;
  • challenge expectations about the role of museums in society;
  • embrace engagement and inclusivity with all people and communities;
  • encourage collaboration among colleagues and stakeholders; and
  • support research that strengthens theory and practice in museum studies.

These are exciting times to be providing the next generation with the tools to make a difference in museums. Our field is actively reexamining fundamental tenets in everything from collecting to communicating. We are reconsidering museums' relationships and responsibilities with regard to social, cultural, and natural dynamics. There is an openness to innovation and creativity that feels new and promising. We look forward to implementing this mission in the years ahead.

Peter H. Welsh
Director, Museum Studies
phwelsh@ku.edu


Museum Events

Kenneth Spencer Research Library North Gallery Grand Reopening
Thursday, September 7 | 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: 15-minute tours of North Gallery, 4 p.m.: Brief remarks
Kenneth Spencer Research Library, 1450 Poplar Lane
University of Kansas campus

Fall 2017 Applied Humanities Workshop with N.Y. Nathiri
Friday, September 15 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hall Center for the Humanities Conference Room
Nathiri is executive director of of the Association for the Preservation of the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.). P.E.C. is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1987 and based in Eatonville, Florida, the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston. P.E.C. hosts the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities; The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston); and a host of year-round programs for pre-K through 12. Nathiri is a professionally trained librarian and an award-winning preservationist.

Teacher Appreciation Night
September 28 | 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Truman Presidential Museum
500 W. U.S. Highway 24
Independence, MO
More than 20 museums across the region will be present to help teachers craft lessons and offer their resources. Free to all educators.
 

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