024: 003 Freshman Seminar

Instructor: Adam Nilsen

Term: Fall 2017

Time: M 10:30am – 11:29am

The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics may vary from department to department and semester to semester.

At the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, we use real objects to tell real stories about real people, inviting visitors to see the world through the eyes of people beyond themselves. This seminar gives students a focused look at the inner workings of a museum of people and culture. We answer questions such as: Who works here, and what do they do? Who visits our exhibits, and how might they learn a thing or two about themselves and others? What good can a museum visit do in the 21st century? Topics range from object care and exhibit design to community-based research and storytelling, and students will contribute to the development of a real exhibit. This is a great starting point for students interested in anthropology, education, design, and museum studies.