Students in MUST 360 (Practicum in Museum Education, now renamed Museum Education and Informal Learning) have had a wide range of experiences this semester. They have explored techniques for interpreting natural and cultural heritage through programs ranging from traditional guided tours to demonstrations, hands-on activities, and games. The class developed and presented environmental education programs for Family Discovery Night, did extended-looking activities in the Wright Museum of Art with collections facilitator Diana Bolander, and went on field trips to Old World Wisconsin, the Rock County Historical Society, and the Rockford Art Museum. Students explored museum-based creative dramatics and movement techniques with Brynn Hambly and learned what museum educators REALLY do during a visit from Catie Anderson’11 who is a curator of education at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Students will present their final projects during class on Thursday, Dec. 4 and Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.). Programs will take place in the Wright and Logan Museums and in the Science Center atrium. Contact Dan Bartlett for a detailed schedule.
2014 is the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck's classic Depression-era novel The Grapes of Wrath; accordingly, the English Department invites faculty, staff and students to attend an event in Steinbeck's honor. Today, December 1, at 7 p.m., Dr. Susan Shillinglaw, one of the country's leading Steinbeck scholars, will deliver a lecture on Steinbeck and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.