Smithsonian Cultural Heritage Consultant and ANT Alum Vists MU



Thursday 29 March 2018 – Marshall University, Huntington Campus

Emily Cain, MA, Cultural Heritage Consultant

Department of Anthropology

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC

Emily Cain graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2013. Cain earned an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University in 2015. She has worked with museums of a wide range of sizes and missions. Currently, Cain manages cultural projects, engages with anthropological collections, and promotes public access to objects and information for the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Workshop:  Engaging with Collections: An Introduction to Research Methodology

Where: MU Archaeological and Ethnological Lab, Basement of Old Main

Time: 11 am – 12:45 pm [Workshop will be 75 minutes and include 30 minutes of flex time for participants to come and go after 12:15 pm]

PRE-REGISTRATION: Contact Dr. Nick Freidin to reserve (and commit) to one of a limited number of spots in the workshop.

Deadline is Monday 26 March

This workshop covers a general introduction to engaging with ethnological collections as primary resources in anthropological research. Making use of the Marshall University Ethnological Collection, it encompasses a mini research experience, designed to pique student interest in collections research and introduce them to basic skills and concepts. The workshop will combine seminar learning with hands-on skill development, alternating between individual study and group discussion of findings and their implications. ALL students are welcome (pre-registration requested). See full workshop details in PDF.

Public Presentation and Discussion: Collections and Communities: Facilitating Connections through Material Culture

Where: Drinko Library 402

Time: 5:00-6:30 PM

Museum collections tend to conjure up a passive, silent image. Typically, from a public perspective, they sit quietly either in a display case or tucked away in storage. However, when museum professionals and researchers think creatively about access and knowledge-making, collections objects reveal themselves to be dynamic, living pieces of their cultural environments. This presentation and discussion will center on the potential of collections to foster dialogue and lasting relationships between museums and their communities, both local and global.

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