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Wednesday, June 19 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Radical Making: Creative Engagement and Special Collections

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Sponsored by Bromer Booksellers, Inc. 

This seminar will consider the creative, and specifically the radical, making process as part of the research, teaching, learning and collection building work in special collections. Taking two tracks, we will first examine not just creative material in and of itself in collections, but work through how and why we might be concerned with the creation processes of materials that become part of special collections. Then, extending from these considerations, we will turn to the work of developing programmatic space within special collections to create critical and reflective art and other material products with inspiration from and in conversation with special collections. Creating physical or digital artifacts in conversation with collections also offers ways into particularly powerful spaces for empowered learning and we are particularly interested in the ways in which these creative art-generating activities can serve to open up debate, celebration, communion and reflection on history. We hope to offer intellectual and creative provocations for teaching and learning work in special collections as well as advice and inspiration for taking such programmatic interventions forward.

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Jessica Pigza

Outreach & Exhibits Librarian for Special Collections & Archives, UC Santa Cruz

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Emilie Hardman

Head of Distinctive Collections, MIT
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Johan Kugelberg

Curator/Seller, Boo-Hooray
Johan Kugelberg has more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. entertainment and art industries. From 1990 to 1994, he was the General Manager for Atlantic Records subsidiary Matador Records and a marketing and A&R executive for Def American Records from 1994 to 1997. He was the... Read More →
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Kerry McAleer-Keeler

Associate Professor of Art and Design, Printmaking and Book Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University
BIOMFA in Printmaking, George Washington University, BA, Concentration: Studio Art and Politics, Mount Holyoke CollegeKerry McAleer-Keeler is Associate Professor of Art and Design in printmaking and book arts at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT