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Spring 2019

Julia McHugh, Ph.D., Trent A. Carmichael Curator of Academic Initiatives, taught Museum Theory and Practice in Spring 2019. Photo by J Caldwell.
Julia McHugh, Ph.D., Trent A. Carmichael Curator of Academic Initiatives, (far right) taught Museum Theory and Practice in Spring 2019. Photo by J Caldwell.

Julia McHugh, Ph.D., Trent A. Carmichael Curator of Academic Initiatives, taught her first Museum Theory and Practice course in Spring 2019 with 20 students, the biggest class since the Concentration began three years earlier—and the first with an official graduate level. Museum Theory and Practice provided an introduction to museum theory and the operation of art museums. Students examined topics such as collection and exhibition practices, strategies of decolonizing and social media and technology in museums. As a final project, students created proposals for a contemporary intervention in the historical galleries in Wilson pavilion. This class, just one of the museum’s many strong connections with Duke students and faculty, was one reason The New York Times wrote that the Nasher Museum is a “hub for students.”

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