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‘Activating’ Undergraduate Education with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and Special Collections

Week 7: Monday, May 12, 2014, 3:30-5:00pm
Knight Library Browsing Room

How do students come to see themselves as wielding the tools of a university education to pursue questions that fascinate them, rather than imagining education as something they “receive” through a series of imposed course and institutional requirements?

UO’s remarkable museums and Special Collections will come together to discuss how notions of “visitor generated content” have changed the experience of the museum and the archive in ways that resonate with the highest goals of many undergraduate courses. Faculty and museum-staff pairs will share particular class assignments that have used these resources to turn students into researchers, collectors, archivists, explorers, and contributors.

Come get a sense of intriguing—and scalable—ways faculty have worked with the JSMA, MNCH, and Special Collections and how students have responded to the invitation to not just receive knowledge, but also create and publicly disseminate it.