Consortium for American Material Culture
5th Annual Meeting
Brown University, Providence, RI
May 12-13, 2011
This year’s meeting, sponsored by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, is the first in New England. In addition to the core group, we are inviting curators and academics from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.
While the group defines American material culture broadly, we try to focus each meeting on a few areas. The following topics seem especially appropriate for a meeting at Brown:
· Teaching material culture with and without a university museum
· Teaching in museum study centers
· Native American collections as American material culture
· Teaching in and with historic house museums and period rooms.
The meeting will open on Thursday with a tour of decorative arts the RISD museum at 10:00, then lunch at the John Nicholas Brown Center, with discussions until dinner. Dinner will be at the Providence Art Club. The meeting continues the next day with breakfast, discussions, and lunch at the John Nicholas Brown Center, with optional visits to the Haffenreffer Museum and nearby historic house museums. Housing is available at the Brown Inn, on the Brown campus, and the Biltmore, in downtown Providence. There is no charge for the conference or conference meals, but participants must pay for their own travel and lodging.
Information on the participants, and the paragraph of topics they'd like to discuss, is here.