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Museum Studies Graduate Program at Kansas University

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Brandy Ernzen,
Students in our program gain firsthand knowledge of innovative museum work in KU’s world-class collections, while conducting research that advances the field in exciting and regenerative ways. Museum Studies students are researching a wide range of topics. Recently, our students have presented on topics such as:
• “A History of Black Museums in the United States: An Ecology of Museum Knowledges as ‘Wake Work’”
• “The Indigenous Arts Archive: Indigenizing the Spencer Museum of Art’s Database”
• “A Museum in Possession of a Nazi-Looted Painting: A Case Study”
• “What Became of the Broken: Preserving the Impact of Violence Through Ruins & Rubble at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum”

KU Museum Studies is an affordable program designed to accommodate a wide range of student interests, strengths, and abilities. We work closely with each student to match their curiosity and talents with the needs and aspirations of the museum profession. We are strongly committed to expanding the diversity of the museum profession by creating courses that address important questions such as decolonizing museums spaces and rethinking the ethics of collection and representation. We also offer a unique dual-degree with African & African American Studies, in which students earn two master’s degrees in three years.

Our website offers prompts to help students think through limitless possibilities of scholarly and artistic research. We invite your students to get a feel for our program by contacting our program coordinator, Brandy Ernzen, to schedule in-person visits or Zoom meetings with faculty, current students, and local museum professionals. They can also ask questions during our Q&A Zoom session Wednesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Applications for Fall 2023 are due February 1.

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