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Study in Italy next summer!

Posted Oct. 20, 2011

What better place to study the origin of museums than in Florence, Italy! Join the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science on a journey through the past to explore the ancestors of modern museums and their collections. This three-credit graduate-level course is scheduled for summer 2012. Course runs online from June1 through July 13, with on-site in Florence, Italy, from June 16 through 28.

Note: Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2012. To receive information about the summer 2013 course when it becomes available, register here.

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Museum Origins 2012 Overview

Museum Studies at Kent State University SLIS

Course DetailsFlorence Duomo and Giotto Campanile

Course: LIS 61095
Prerequisites: None
Open to: Graduate students at Kent State or at any other graduate program in the U.S. Alumni of Kent State graduate programs (master’s or Ph.D.)
Class limit: 12 participants 

Itinerary in Florence
Morning: Visits to museums
Afternoon: Discussions and lectures at Kent State Florence Palazzo de Cerchi 

Apply by: Feb. 1
Program Fee due: March 1
Late applications will not be considered.

Cost estimate
A cost estimate is offered in the Museum Origins 2012 Overview, along with a program description and application instructions. Note: Some costs are subject to the US$/Euro(€) exchange rate; if the rate changes greatly, a small adjustment to the Program Fee may be necessary. The data indicated here reflect our best estimates at this time and the current fluctuation of the US$/Euro(€) exchange rate. Assumed US$/Euro(€) = 1.45. All fees shaded in grey are non-refundable. 

ItalyCourse Description

While the collecting of objects can be found as far back as ancient times in various parts of the world, the birth of the modern museum finds its roots in Europe, especially in Italy. In the context of today’s world, students will “go back in time” to understand the origins of Western museums and the meaning of publicly shared collections through a series of competing dualisms in knowledge creation and organization. Students will explore the history of the modern museum and spend two weeks visiting actual sites and collections that played a role in this history. Exploring the past in this way is geared specifically to help today’s museum workers gain a better understanding of their own role and purpose in their community, society and nation.

This course is part of a Museum Studies specialization within the Master of Library and Information Science degree at Kent State School of Library and Information Science. Museums, like libraries, are in the information business. The museum studies courses at Kent State employ a holistic approach to the study of museums as institutions that generate and perpetuate knowledge. Students will gain an understanding of museums in context as dynamic, interactive information systems composed of people, objects, and activities. Because the SLIS courses are structured within a library and information science framework, students are able to cut across the spectrum of traditional academic disciplines, which strengthens the skills of future museum professional by giving them a broader perspective, a larger knowledge base, and more flexibility. Students in the Museum Origins class do not need to be in the M.L.I.S. program, but should understand this unique approach to the discipline of museum studies.

Read more about the museum studies specialization at Kent State.

Questions? Contact Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., at, or the SLIS office at 330-672-2782.