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Thank You Museum Colleagues!

2020 has been a wild ride, and this Fall semester was no exception. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this past academic semester has been unlike any in the Museum Studies Program’s history. Held entirely online, the semester necessitated the use of some creative solutions, and­–as necessity is the mother of invention–our faculty found ingenious ways to adapt.

Despite the inability to meet in person and a host of other technical and logistical hurdles, the one constant throughout the semester was the faculty’s commitment to providing our students engaging and thought-provoking academic content with some of the top practitioners in the field. In addition to faculty members Paula Birnbaum, Astria Suparak, Paloma Añoveros, and Karren Shorofsky, the USF Museum Studies Program is profoundly indebted to the following professionals listed below who generously lent their expertise this semester as lecturers, guest speakers and virtual tour guides for our students. From the bottom of our hearts… we thank you!

MUSE 600: Museum Studies: History & Theory

Cristina Gonzales (Chumash), cultural practitioner and museum professional; Registrar of the Cultural and Historical Preservation Department at Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi-Yokut Tribe

Valentin Lopez (Mutsun, Awaswas, Chumash and Yokuts) has been the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band since 2003, one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. 

Brittani R. Orona (Hoopa) is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at UC Davis in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Human Rights. She is also Program Manager for Tribal Affairs at the California Department of Parks & Recreation

Dr. Tanu Sankalia, Associate Professor, Department of Art + Architecture, University of San Francisco.

From Erin Golightly’s presentation to the Museum Studies: History and Theory Class

Erin Golightly (USF Museum Studies MA, ’15), Senior Advisor of Strategy & Implementation, Office of the Secretary, Smithsonian Institution.

Abby Chen, Head of Contemporary Art and Senior Associate Curator, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA.

Sean Kelley, Director of Public Programming and Senior Vice President, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA.

Cecile Puretz, leader in the field of disability justice in museums and former Access and Community Engagement Manager at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (2010-2020).

Dr. Scott D. Sampson, Executive Director and William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair of the California Academy of Sciences.

Holly Rosenblum, biologist, providing students with a virtual tour of the California Academy of Sciences rainforest.

Holly Rosenblum, Biologist.

Thank you also to Lynn LaCarruba, Executive Assistant, California Academy of Sciences, for coordinating our virtual tour of the rainforest with Holly Rosenblum!

MUSE 603: Collections Management:  Preservation & Access 

Photo courtesy of the SFO Museum

Alisa Eagleston, Conservator, SFO Museum. In addition to lecturing, Alisa provided a remote tour of the SFO Museum.  The students “walked” through the path of a museum object starting at the loading dock, visiting all the objects processing and preparation areas as well as collection storage and the conservation lab.

Beth Szuhay, Textile Conservator, Chrysalis Art Conservation

Amanda Hunter-Johnson, Associate Paper Conservator, SFMOMA 

Ria German-Carter, Paintings Conservator, Private Practice

Grace Weiss, Assistant Registrar, Media Arts, SFMOMA

Karren Shorosfky, Faculty, USF 

Dan Rael, Co-Founder, CatalogIt

MUSE 605: Curatorial Studies Practicum
Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

Michele Carlson, Related Tactics collective

Kevin B. Chen, SFSU

John Gefroh, Web Producer, Office of Marketing & Communications, USF

Andrea Gonzales, USF

Nell Herbert, Thacher Gallery, USF

Glori Simmons, Thacher Gallery, USF

Zoë Taleporos, San Francisco Arts Commission

Weston Teruya, Related Tactics collective

Nathan Watson, Related Tactics collective

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