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Smithsonian Externship

Taught by: David Moscowitz

Dates: May 2021

Cost: TBA

The class:

This is a 3-credit hour SCHC course that fulfills your Honors Beyond the Classroom (BTC) or Honors Elective requirements.

Spend three weeks exploring Smithsonian Museums while living in the heart of Washington, D.C. Learn about art, culture, history, science and more at the world’s preeminent museum system. Gain behind-the-scenes access to world-renowned curators and collections. Visit museums such as the United States Holocaust Museum, National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art.Talk with experts on topics including research, policy, programs and operations.

Specifically, this course ask how we translate and present material from the arts, natural sciences, and history to the general public? This three-week, intensive "externship" explores this question within the setting of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum. Students will study with Smithsonian curators, conservators, and administrators from a variety of its facilities to learn ways we can conserve, showcase, and interpret material for present and future generations. The course emphasizes the role of museums as pathways that educate the public about the intellectual heritage of the arts, natural sciences, and history.

Open to all majors – no prerequisites or previous experience required.


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