As Curator of Academic Programs at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, I collaborate with faculty across all units of the university to foster interdisciplinary programs and to develop creative ways to join the museum with curricular activities. As Director of Education, I lead a team in developing engaging learning opportunities for exhibitions and in creating “always-on” educational experiences for students and community members, whenever they come to the museum. Our focus extends from visitor experience in the museum to outreach and partnerships that serve community needs. In addition to research and lectures on museum education, my teaching and research in American art have focused on turn-of-the-(twentieth)-century American artists abroad, American illustration and issues of race and whiteness.
I work in Academic Engagement at the University of Miami, promoting the cultural resources at the Lowe Art Museum and University Libraries for object-based learning, teaching, research, and scholarship.
Kiersten F. Latham is the Director of Arts, Cultural Management and Museum Studies, as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. Prior to this, Dr. Latham spent 9 years at Kent State University where she developed and taught in the museum studies specialization within the Master’s in Library & Information Science and ran the experimental MuseLab. She has taught all aspects of museum studies, from administration to collections management to user experience. In addition to academic work, she has worked in, on, and about museums in various capacities for over 30 years, serving as a director, educator, researcher, collections manager, curator, volunteer, and consultant. Her research interests convene around the meaning of museum objects—especially with respect to emotion, perception, sensation, and spirituality—and the conceptual foundations of museums as document systems. She has done research on numinous experiences with museum objects, imaginative touch (of museum objects), user perceptions of ‘the real thing’ in museums, museums as ecological systems, contemplative practices in museums, positive museology, and conceptual ramifications of museum object as document.
Jennifer Hart is an Associate Professor at Wayne State University, where she teaches courses in African History, World History, Digital Humanities, Digital History, History Communication, and the History of Technology. Her research explores the intersection of histories of labor, technology, and urban space in Accra, Ghana. She is the North American President of the International Society for the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning and History.