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New blog site!

I’ve moved my blog to stevenlubar.net Hosting by reclaimhosting.com. Very pleased with the service.

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For the public humanities graduates

Here’s what I told the graduating class. It refers back to what I told them when they arrived. Best wishes, everyone!

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“Today’s Museum: Innovation, Change, and Challenge”

Here’s the presentation I gave at the Mathers Museum’s “Museums at the Crossroads: Local Knowledge, Global Encounters” workshop last week. More on the workshop here. It was a delightful event: smart people from around the world thinking about the future of museums. Video and more coming soon.

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Exhibit and exhibit labels workshop

I talked to the “Methods in Public Humanities” class today about exhibitions. A very quick overview, and didn’t even get to the how-to-write-good-labels part of the talk. Here are my presentations, on exhibits generally, and on exhibit labels, slightly cleaned up but without much in the way of notes.

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One Room (The after post)

Well, I enjoyed it. The audience was mostly RISD Museum staff – not much of a surprise, given the topic. Interesting to them, less so to the general museum-visiting public. My two hours was mostly conversation. I had imagined actually doing serious work on my visualizing project. Instead, it was more like showing colleagues a …

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MOOCing

My post on my summer of being a student, and watching students work as professionals, is up on the Public Humanities Center blog.

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LeGrand Lockwood, Early Adopter

Back in April I gave a talk at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, Connecticut. They’ve done a very nice exhibition about the technology of the day, focusing on some of the remarkable technologies Lockwood put into his 1864 home. My talk focused on what Lockwood and others of his generation thought about the future …

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Teaching through projects

The public humanities program has two required courses, one theory and one method Projects count for about 50 percent of the grade in the project course. For several years, large class projects that built an exhibition. We built some shows that I am proud of, but there’s not really enough time in a one semester …

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Edward Tufte’s course on Presenting Data and Information, Storified

  You can see my notes from the course, storified, here.   

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Should you get a Ph.D to work in a history museum? – Part 3: How might we make it useful?

Part 3: How might we make it useful? How might we fix the Ph.D. so that it is more useful for work in museums, or alt-acc work more generally?  What models are there? Before getting into this, though, it’s best to take notice of the ongoing conversation on new uses for the history degree. Anthony …

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