Aug 17, 2022  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
    
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CORE 452 - Collecting Ourselves: Why We Build, Preserve and Display Collections


Prerequisites: Core seminar, required for graduation CORE 101  through CORE 105  and at least sixth semester standing
Through readings, discussion, presentation, field trips and a research paper, this seminar will explore who we are and what we value through the collections we build. Gathering, preserving and displaying will be explored through psychological, social, scientific, historical, economic, aesthetic and political lenses. Students will read significant texts from a wide variety of disciplines addressing the particular problems of collecting in diverse fields of inquiry. Using the theories, ideas, and approaches gleaned from various disciplinary sources, students will understand how their own field of study is effected by the moral, esthetic, and social issues of collecting, saving, and displaying culturally or personally significant objects. This history of collecting, its personal and political motivations, as well as the ethical and scientific questions raised by collecting everything from paintings to biological specimens to postage stamps will be studied.

3 credits
Fall, Spring



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