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Applications open for Park Break field seminar in Cultural Resource Management

Applications are now being accepted for the next installment of Park Break, a five-day, all-expenses-paid, park-based seminar for graduate students who are thinking about a career in park management or park-related research and education.  By interacting with park resource managers, researchers, administrators, interpreters, partners, and other professionals, Park Break participants will begin to understand the complexity of managing parks, protected areas, and cultural sites.  This unique program is not offered anywhere else, as it focuses on intellectual inquiry at the graduate level.

The next Park Break will be hosted by the National Park Service at three park units in the Boston area: Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, and Lowell National Historical Park.  Engagement will center on the topics of making NPS sites more relevant to diverse communities and ways to attract diverse audiences to national park sites.  All aspects of cultural resource management will be involved: museum services, building preservation, interpretation, cultural landscapes, planning, compliance, and preservation outreach to communities and partners.

Topics may include the evolution of how historic parks and sites are chosen for designation and today’s emphasis on selecting sites that better reflect the diversity of our shared heritage, making collections and exhibitry more relevant to diverse audiences, and partnering with diverse community groups to increase our capacity in telling America’s story.

Park Break is open to graduate students who are currently enrolled at an institute of higher education in the USA, Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean, and are actively pursuing a degree.   For this Park Break we are especially encouraging applications from interested minority students from ethnic, racial, and cultural groups that historically have been underrepresented in fields related to cultural resource management in parks and historic sites.

For more information on Park Break, and to apply, go to: http://www.georgewright.org/parkbreak

The deadline for applications is September 6, 2012.

Evaluation and selection will take place immediately thereafter and all applicants will be notified of the outcome by September 17.

Park Break is a program of the George Wright Society, planned and carried out in concert with various partners.  If you have any questions, please contact the GWS at 1-906-487-9722, or email info@georgewright.org.

RACE exhibit spurs discussion from Boston to San Diego

When Boston’s Museum of Science opened its doors this past weekend to debut the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit, the museum challenged Bostonians to learn and discuss the common assumptions about differences amongst people. Discussions certainly have the buzz around the city these days; here’s a roundup of the latest:

Callie Crossley, of The Callie Crossley Show on Boston’s NPR station WGBH, interviewed Evelynn Hammonds, Dean of Harvard College and a professor of the history of science. In their discussion, they look at the scientific approach to race and the impact of historical and cultural influences. Listen to the episode: Callie Crossley – RACE episode

Jody Feinberg, reporter for The Patriot Ledger, interviews museum attendees on their perspective of race in relation to the cultural versus biological differences amongst people. She speaks with AAA member, Alan Goodman and the chairwoman for the museum’s educational team, Nina Catubig Nolan, about the concepts and goals of the exhibit. Fienberg also highlights the variety of programs and activities that the Museum of Science offers in tandem with the exhibit. Read Jody’s article here.

The 10th grade students of the Community Charter School of Cambridge welcomed media during a the exhibit’s press preview. Wicked Local Cambridge interviewed students and teachers on their experience with the RACE exhibit. Click here for the article.
A second RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit will debut next month at the San Diego Museum of Man. An exhibit sponsor, Luce Forward announced it will host a private showing of the exhibit in February in recognition of the diversity of the legal community.  View the announcement here.

For additional information on RACE: Are We So Different?, visit the RACE website.

Want to read more press coverage on RACE: Are We So Different? Visit RACE in the News.

RACE: Are We So Different opens Saturday in Boston

To all of our blog readers of the Boston area, we have a weekend event you won’t want to miss! The RACE: Are We So Different exhibit opens on Saturday at the Museum of Science in Boston, where it will remain until May 15. The Museum opens at 9am and tickets cap at $21. Click here for complete Museum details.

The exhibit has already been making headlines throughout the Boston area. Reporter Michael Chin of Color Magazine describes that the exhibit “successfully provides an interactive and comprehensive look at what is race, if anything at all.” Read the entire article here.

ABC6 News in Providence, RI also picked up the arrival of the RACE exhibit. For complete coverage, click here.

Not in the Boston area? Visit the RACE: Are We So Different virtual tour today!


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