From Save Pennsylvania’s Past:
Save Pennsylvania’s Past is entering the second year of its two-year initiative to prepare staff to address the challenges threatening Pennsylvania’s world-class collections through training programs and online resources. Participants who complete all six training programs will receive a Save Pennsylvania’s Past Certificate of Completion. Three training programs, Essential Policies & Procedures for Cultural Institutions; Fundraising for Preservation & Conservation, and Protecting Collections: Disaster Prevention, Planning & Response will be held at eight locations throughout Pennsylvania. Participants can attend sessions in Allentown, Boalsburg, Erie, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Scranton, and York, Pennsylvania. Location information and addresses are available here.
Search for open sessions and register for training programs at Save Pennsylvania’s Past.
Save Pennsylvania’s Past is led by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), PA Museums, and LYRASIS. The project is supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Arthur Ross Foundation, Inc.
The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance is now accepting nominations for its 2013 Authors’ Awards Program.
The program began in 1994 to encourage and celebrate books about New Jersey. Awards are considered in five non-fiction categories: edited works, popular, scholarly, reference, and, reproduction of primary resources. Nominated works should reflect a new understanding of New Jersey’s history and culture, demonstrate evidence of original research in the application of New Jersey resources, and/or reveal new insights into a topic. The work must have appeared in the previous two calendar years: 2011 or 2012. There is no in-state residency requirement for authors, editors, or compilers. Read more.
Cultural Sustainability M.A. students share ideas during their summer 2010 residency at Goucher College. Photo courtesy Rory Turner.
By Linda Shopes
It all began with a casual conversation on the way to class and a couple of well timed e-mails. That’s how Rory Turner, a folklorist and assistant professor in the sociology and anthropology department at Goucher College, describes the origin of Goucher College’s Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability, a 39.5-credit graduate program that combines an interdisciplinary approach to culture with practical professional skills.
In my travels to professional conferences around the Mid-Atlantic over the past year, one characteristic has been striking: We have many regional associations, but not very much attention to the region. To everyone’s credit, our regional conferences have become opportunities for sharing an abundance of research and best practices. Participants come not only from the Mid-Atlantic but also from across the country, especially in the case of young scholars seeking to build their credentials.
But what about the Mid-Atlantic? As a regional humanities center, MARCH seeks to promote understanding of the region. And so, we would like to invite proposals that deal specifically with the Mid-Atlantic for the next conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, which will be held in Philadelphia from November 3 to November 5, 2011.
Is there a definable culture of the Mid-Atlantic? To address this question, we are seeking panelists whose work transcends local or state boundaries to explore regional characteristics. Is the culture of the Mid-Atlantic made distinctive by migrations or immigrant heritage? By the rise and fall of industry? By regional art, music, media, or literature? By the region’s position in the Atlantic World? To become part of this conversation, submit a 150-word abstract and a brief CV to: Charlene Mires, email@example.com . Panels of three or four presenters, single papers, roundtables or alternative formats are welcome. Humanities professionals working in public settings, as well as scholars, are encouraged to submit proposals. The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2011.
This conference offers many other opportunities to participate. For the full Call for Papers, visit the conference web site at http://www.mapaca.net/confer/conferHome.html. The conference especially encourages proposals that deal with the popular culture of Philadelphia.