MA in Jewish Cultural Arts: Spring 2016 Courses

HIST 6001/JSTD 6298:  Soundscapes:  Jews and Music
Instructor: Jenna Weissman Joselit
Schedule: Tuesday, 5:10-7p.m.
Location:  2142 G Street, Conference Room

This interdisciplinary seminar explores the relationship between music and the modern Jewish experience.  Drawing on and weaving together history and ethnomusicology, it looks at a wide range of Jewish musical expression, from liturgy to popular music, and the equally wide range of contexts in which it appears, from the sanctuary to the concert hall and the campfire.  In addition to reading about and listening to music, students will have the opportunity to meet contemporary Jewish musicians and to attend several concerts.

MSTD 6101.10 Museum Management
INSTRUCTOR: Martha Morris-Shannon
SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 11:10am-1:00 pm
LOCATION:  1310 G Street, NW Suite 690, Classroom

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An overview of the major activities in governing and managing a museum. Course introduces the student to the non-profit sector and the context of the legal and professional expectations for governance. Course covers the elements of forming a museum, strategic planning, the role of the CEO/Director, building the organization structure and staffing. Finance, operations, and facilities management are also covered. The course also includes sessions on fundraising, grant writing, business planning, performance measurement and accreditation, marketing, public relations, and managing change. A strong emphasis on ethical challenges and decision making is included.

MSTD 6601.11 Museums and Cultural Property
INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Kline, Esq. and Channah F. Norman, Esq.
SCHEDULE: Thursday 3:10pm-5:00pm
LOCATION: 1310 G Street, NW Suite 690 Classroom

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Seminar explores the ethical and legal principles involved with ownership and restitution of stolen art and other cultural property wrongfully removed from their owners or countries of origin. Reported claims brought against museums are used to examine current museum policies and procedures on acquisition, exhibition, repatriation, retention and restitution of museum collection objects.

MSTD 6601.13 Special Topics: Museums and Civic Engagement
INSTRUCTOR:  Laura Schiavo
SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 11:10am-1:00pm
LOCATION: 1310 G Street, NW Suite 690, Classroom

COURSE DESCRIPTION: For nearly two decades, museum critics have asserted, and increasingly museum professionals have embraced, the necessity of reorienting museums from their traditional missions and structures as discipline-based and object-centered institutions toward a consideration of how museums are serving and empowering communities and effecting change in the world. In a number of cases museums have developed new programming-and even reconsidered missions-in response to this shift. This course will explore the arguments for and against this agenda. We will study the history of museums and civic engagement, visit DC-area museums and historic sites that are doing civically engaged work and discuss with museum staff the challenges and successes of their work, and formulate our own ideas about the relationship between museums and social change.

MSTD 6601.15 Museums and Digital Technology
SCHEDULE: Thursdays 4:10pm-6:00pm
LOCATION:  1310 G Street, NW Suite 690, Classroom

COURSE DESCRIPTION: How is digital technology redefining museums and affecting their work? This course will explore the historical, contemporary and future implications of that question in relation to issues ranging from education and interpretation to information and brand management.  Our discussions will be couched within the larger impacts of digital media on culture, society, and everyday life, and be inspired by texts and guest speakers on a wide array of topics and from a wide array of disciplines.

And there’s more…
In addition to the courses highlighted here, students - upon consultation with their advisor – are encouraged to select relevant courses from among those offered by History, SMPA (Media & Public Affairs), PPPA (the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration), the Program in Tourism & Hospitality Management of the Business School, and Theatre & Dance.

Internships and other exercises in mentoring, including spending an entire day in the company of a number of different cultural leaders – or what’s called “shadowing” – is another integral feature of the program. From start to finish, the MA in Jewish Cultural Arts is designed to expose students to a range of career possibilities and innovative ways of thinking.