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Crowd Sourcing or Crowd Pleasing? Recent Community-Curated Exhibitions Along the East Coast

Crowd sourcing has become trendy within the humanities as a means of opening academic projects to the public. In the museum world, community-curated exhibitions have offered a response to this movement, and a number of these exhibitions have recently occurred

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The Care and Keeping of Dinosaurs in the Mid-Atlantic Region

For 26 years, I’ve been filled with a monomaniacal desire to study the humanities.  Earlier this year, however, I became interested in Vertebrate Paleontology—that’s right, dinosaurs.  With that being said, a couple of weeks ago I attended a lecture at

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Prospects for Curators

Last December, U.S. News and World Report declared the occupation of curator to be a growth career in the next decade based on U.S Department of Labor reports. Reading through the short article led me to check out the DoL Occupational Outlook Handbook from which this information was gleaned http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos065.htm. A few things struck me which I will expand upon in this and future posts.

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Nueva York (1613–1945): Reflections on a Ground-Breaking Exhibit and Partnership

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The Nueva York exhibit sponsored by the New-York Historical Society and El Museo broke new ground with its topic and represented an unusual partnership. Its ambitious scale, the newness of its subject matter, and joint sponsorship also presented significant challenges.  Read the complete article by Marci Reaven.

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9:00 am Understanding Audiences Workshop @ Middlesex County Community College
Understanding Audiences Workshop @ Middlesex County Community College
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
From H-NJ: In his History News article, “Turning Points: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change” Balgooy writes that the 2008 economic downturn threatened our cultural institutions, but the issue extends beyond the economy. Surveys over the past thirty years by the National Endowment for
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10:00 am Attack of the Podcasters: A Hand... @ New Castle Public Library
Attack of the Podcasters: A Hand... @ New Castle Public Library
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
From Sustaining Places: Want to learn how to record and edit audio for your small museum or historic site? Podcasting, which is just one application of recording and editing audio, is an inexpensive and easy (really…trust us) way for you to get
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9:30 am Greater Philadelphia Visitor Exp... @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Greater Philadelphia Visitor Exp... @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Oct 6 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Organizers of the Greater Philadelphia Visitor Experience Conference have announced the date of their 2014 event.  This year’s conference will be held October 6, 9:30am-6:30pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation at 315 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. Proposals are due by
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4:52 pm 1st Annual African and African D... @ CUNY Staten Island
1st Annual African and African D... @ CUNY Staten Island
Oct 9 @ 4:52 pm – Oct 10 @ 5:52 pm
From H-Net: The African American Studies Program (soon to be African and African Diaspora Studies Program) at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island announces its First Annual AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES CONFERENCE to be held
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all-day CFP: Learning from the Reservati... @ Deadline
CFP: Learning from the Reservati... @ Deadline
Oct 15 all-day
From MuseWeekly: The National Council for Preservation Education seeks proposals for a conference titled “Learning from the Reservation: Using the Traditional Cultural Place Perspective for Better Decision Making in a Diverse Cultural Landscape.” Deadline: October 15, 2014.  The conference is to highlight

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