Arpillera depicting the home of poet Pablo Neruda.

Singing the Future: Between Absence and Presence

In his August 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on how works of art may simultaneously dramatize a void of great loss while also serving as staging grounds for re-imagining productive futures. His examples are drawn from the Museum’s current exhibitions of Chilean arpilleras, highlighting the tumultuous era

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“Ashley’s Sack” is now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (On loan from Middleton Place).

Between Mourning and Hope: Our Smithsonian Journeys

In his July 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the MSU Museum team’s recent visit to the annual Smithsonian Affiliations conference, a gathering of the nation’s many museums affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian has declared 2020 to be the year of “Earth Optimism,” dedicated to

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360 Degree Panoramic Room In the Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab

Summer Institute: Digital Storytelling with Large-Scale Digital Learning Technology Platforms

This summer the MSU Museum is participating in a summer institute along with the MSU Library, and Abrams Planetarium. Selected faculty and graduate students are exploring data visualization on three large-scale digital learning technology platforms at Michigan State University: The Abrams Planetarium 360 Degree Panoramic Room In the Library’s Digital Scholarship

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Dire Wolf skull in the Hall of Evolution at the MSU Museum

Game of Wolves: The Dire Wolf between Nature and Culture

In his June 2019 letter, MSU Museum director Mark Auslander reflects on the Museum’s display of a dire wolf, a powerful predator here in North America that became extinct around 9,000 years ago. In recent years, the image of the “direwolf” has seized the global imagination, thanks to the novels

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Natural Science Collections at the MSU Museum

Natural Science Collections Summer Internships at MSU

This summer the MSU Museum is participating in a summer internship program that provides training and career development for Michigan State University graduate students who have an interest in working with natural science collections. This program will provide professional training in natural science collections curation and management. The structure of

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Representative Elissa Slotkin viewing the "Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak" exhibit

We Never Know How High We Are: “Finding Our Voice” As Creative Canvas

In his May 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on some of the unexpected instances of creativity inspired by the Museum’s new exhibition, “Finding our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak.” Although chronicling a history of human rights violation and institutional failures, the exhibit is already proving to be a

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Image of the exterior of the MSU Museum

The MSU MUSEUM Receives the 2019 Teal Ribbon Award

The MSU Museum was selected by the Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program to receive the 2019 Teal Ribbon Award for the Museum’s commitment to building awareness and elevating sister survivors’ voices. The teal ribbon is the international symbol promoting sexual assault awareness. An award ceremony will be held on

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Re-woven Journeys: Improvisation and the Spirit of “Accreditation”

In his April 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the Museum’s recent re-accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. In a formal sense, accreditation demands detailed planning and a demonstrated ability to implement a long-term “road map.” Yet, for a university museum the spirit of accreditation, that

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StoryWalk at the MSU Museum

Double Time in the Museum: Lines, Circles, and In Between

In his March 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander considers how we tell and discover stories inside museums. When do we encounter stories told in a linear or chronological fashion, and when might we encounter stories that stand outside of conventional sequences of time, in eternal cycles? Perhaps, he

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The MSU Museum building with the MSU Science Festival logo

MSU Science Festival is set for April 5-20, 2019

The theme for the 7th annual MSU Science Festival is “Unraveling the Mysteries.” “Unraveling the Mysteries” will give everyone the opportunity to explore and learn— whether you are a junior scientist or a lifelong learner. The line-up will include topics on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), with talks,

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