Museum Professions Listserv
Current students and Alumni are registered with the M.A. Program in Museum Professions listserv. This resource provides information on job openings, internships, opportunities to publish, and upcoming conferences and symposia. If you would like to join the listserv, please contact the program’s Graduate Assistants at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual MAMP Lecture Series
Every year during the spring semester, the M.A. Program in Museum Professions hosts its annual lecture which examines diverse aspects of the ethics of museums.
In 2007, Ruth J. Abram, Founder and President of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, presented Museums and Social Conscience. She argued that museums have a social function to promote tolerance in the communities they serve. Using the Tenement Museum as a model, she explained how creating a “useable past” to illuminate the present can spark constructive dialogue.
The 2008 lecture featured David Carrier, Champney Family Professor at Case Western University, Cleveland, and author of Museum Skepticism (2006). In his lecture, titled “The Poet(h)ics of the Art Museum,” Carrier discussed the ways in which curators have appropriated the concepts and methods of artists, examining the ethics of this trend. This lecture was sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. to honor the memory of Edwin L. Weisl, Jr.
There are a variety of professional museum organizations which welcome emerging professionals. Students are strongly encouraged to join organizations which fit their professional goals and, if possible, to attend and to present at conferences hosted by the organization. A selection of organizations to consider is listed here.
Museum and Non-Profit Career Resources
The Walsh Gallery, located in the Walsh Library on Seton Hall’s campus, is the primary exhibition space on the South Orange campus of Seton Hall University. Since its inception in 1994, the gallery has presented dynamic exhibitions with a broad range of appeal and subject matter. Many students in the Exhibition Development track of the Museum Professions program co-curate exhibitions in the gallery, in connection with the course Producing an Exhibition.