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Museum of Education

The Museum of Education is located within the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. It serves as a “public square”—a venue for open discussion and the examination of educational issues.

The Museum of Education is located within the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. It serves as a “public square”—a venue for open discussion and the examination of educational issues. This “pedagogical space” offers an opportunity to creatively complicate how research is disseminated and presented. Opened to the public in 1977, the museum’s programs are oriented toward educators, students of various ages, and the general public.  Paramount to all of the museum’s programs, exhibitions, and initiatives are the ideals of social justice, integrity, intellectual spirit, and creativity. When patrons walk through the doors or visit our website, the Museum invites them to engage with important people, events, and ideas, and to consider how this information could make life better for their communities, for their students, and for themselves.

 

2019: Exploring Activism

Our theme for the calendar year 2019 is “Exploring Activism.” In the Spring of 2019, we curated the exhibit, “Remember: 1968,” which chronicled college student activism across the globe.  From Columbia University to Howard University, from the University of Paris to the Olympic Games in Mexico City, college students stood up, acted, and changed the world.

We hosted renowned activist, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland (lunch counter demonstrator and freedom rider) as our guest scholar. Finally, in the summer we co-sponsored a Summer Institute for South Carolina school teachers that focused on African American Freedom Movements in South Carolina. This institute was collaboratively planned with our colleagues in the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students and was funded by the South Carolina Department of Education. 

 

This coming Fall 2019, we continue exploring activism with our Fall Faculty Guest Curator, Jon Hale, Ph.D.  Each year, the Museum’s Advisory Board reviews proposals and selects the upcoming Faculty Guest Curator through a competitive process. We had several exciting proposals submitted by COE faculty, and Jon Hale, Associate Professor of Educational Studies was selected. Hale is working with us to curate an exhibit based on his important research exploring youth activism in South Carolina during the Civil Rights Movement. 

The exhibit, “A New Kind of Youth: Student Activism in South Carolina & the Civil Rights Movement” examines activism among high school and middle school students as well as the role of local secondary schools in the movement.  It will open September 2019 and be on display through January 2020. 

 

In the Spring 2020 semester, we will shift gears and explore the issue of Violence in Education.  Parts of this exhibition will continue the examination of activism and freedom seeking by exploring the violent response to activist movements. Additionally, it will look beyond activism to other manifestations of violence in education including gun violence, policing, sexual assault, hate crimes, and cultural oppression.  We have an exciting academic year ahead that will be filled with thought-provoking exhibitions, engaging public programs, and powerful partnerships. 

We look forward to seeing you at one or all of our free public offerings!

 

Toby S. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Museum Director


 


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