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INF 388E - Historical Museums: Context and Practice, Fall 2009
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Instructor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway

Course Meeting Time
Wednesday, 9-12, UTA 1.502

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to look at and think about the process of museum exhibit creation in historical museums, from planning through development to opening and maintenance, as a negotiation among many stakeholders for influence upon the story that is told. We will consider the many facets of historical museums: their institutional positioning, including history and resources; the interests and concerns of museum employees (registrars, researchers, curators, conservators, education specialists, support staff, and volunteers); the influence of the public, both the "audience" public and those whose interests are directly affected and/or represented by an exhibit's story; and the role of contractual professionals when they are used (designers, exhibit construction firms, visitor studies experts). As a field for the study of this knowledge we will use the range of historical museums and museum-like venues in Austin where informal learning about history is available to citizens.

Documented Disability Statement
Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, telephone 512-471-6259.

Religious Holy Days
By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, I will give you an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.

Professor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway
Phone: (512) 232-9220
Office: UTA 5.436
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m -11:00 a.m Tuesday or by appointment
Contact Please use email in preference to telephone

Teaching Assistant: Arturo Longoria