April 21st, 2011 by Sarah F. Sharpe
The Day of Archaeology 2011 is an online project that will allow archaeologists working all over the world to document what they do on one day, July 29th 2011. This date coincides with the Festival of British Archaeology, which runs from 16th – 31st July 2011.
Archaeologists taking part in the project will document their day through photographs, videos and written blog posts. These will then be collected on this website, which will provide a glimpse into a day in the life of people working in archaeology, from archaeological excavations to laboratories, universities, community archaeology groups, education services, museums and offices.
This project is open to everyone working or volunteering in any aspect of archaeology from anywhere in the world – and even those who have defected!
How to Get Involved
We are looking for people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us in a “Day of Archaeology”. The resulting Day of Archaeology website will demonstrate the wide variety of work our profession undertakes day-to-day across the globe, and help to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology to the modern world. We want anyone with a personal, professional or voluntary interest in archaeology to get involved, and help show the world why archaeology is vital to protect the past and inform our futures.
How you can help
We are looking for archaeologists who are, on Friday 29 July, able to document their day and send it to us to publish on the Day of Archaeology website (http://www.dayofarchaeology.com ). You can do this through any medium that you are comfortable with, be it writing about, filming, recording or photographing your day.
If you can’t make Friday, you can still contribute up to a week after the Day of Archaeology. If you would like to take part but don’t feel confident writing a blog or uploading photos/film, please get in touch with us and we can help.
How to Sign Up
Email us if you would like to take part, and we will be in touch about how to submit your entry.
April 19th, 2011 by Sarah F. Sharpe
The RISD Museum of Art welcomes applications to its volunteer Gallery Lecturer Program for local undergraduate and graduate students to give public lectures in the galleries. Participating students are part of a vibrant group of fellow students who will deepen their understanding of art and share it with the public. They will receive training with Museum staff and learn about the collection and special exhibitions, including behind the scenes visits, and developing tour strategies and public speaking skills. In collaboration with Museum staff, each student will devise thematic public tours informed by their personal viewpoint and interest. Following training students will continue to develop and give tours and participate in meetings as well as advise on programs for college students in the Museum.
Matriculated freshman, sophomore or junior at one of the region’s colleges or universities or first year graduate students.
Active interest in art, art history, museums, and community outreach. Participants need not be art or art history majors/concentrators.
Able to commit to required weekly 2-hour training sessions during the fall semester, 2011, and to giving 3 tours per semester the following year(s) as well as attending 2
1-hour meetings of Student Gallery Lecturers per semester. Applicants should consider this a multiyear commitment.
This program offers college students from a range of disciplines an opportunity to expand their interest in art, to get to know the Museum and its collections intimately, to work closely with professional Museum staff, and to reach out to the public.
Applications are available at http://risdmuseum.org/uploadedFiles/Museum_of_Art/Education/Gallery_Lecturer_Application(1).pdf . The deadline for applying is April 29th, 2011.
April 4th, 2011 by Sarah F. Sharpe
I want to bring another website effort to your attention. We have posted a very interesting map of Libya that shows important archaeological and culture sites in the war-torn country. Here’s the address:
Our purpose is to keep the fate of sites in Libya in the forefront of people’s minds. You will see that many of the sites are along the Medterranean, where much of the fighting is taking place. We hope that this map, which we also distributed to the media, might serve to inspire some reporting on archaeological issues during this dangerous time. And we have sent it to other archaeological and academic organizations asking that they post as well. (The APA already has.)
Please feel free to distribute and post the map yourself.
Thanks to Pleiades, the Blue Shield, and Sebastian Heath for their help in this.
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