Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fabulous First: Regis College's First Pop-Up Museum

On Wednesday, April 16 Regis College held its first Pop-Up Museum. Don't know what a pop-up museum is? Think of it like a flash mob, except with museum displays centered around a specific theme instead of people dancing. Way back last semester, Dr. Edney won a co-curricular grant for what is emerging as the newest trend in the museum world. When the 16th rolled around, at 11 am Dr. Edney and her cohorts stormed the College Hall second floor foyer, putting up displays, photos, and poems. The theme of the exhibit, "What's in a Name," encouraged people to display the different ways names mean something to them. We had a clever riddle from Chris Coffin, a family history and explanation of Greek names by Stephanie Venancio, projects done by our friends at the Children's Center, a project created by the students in Dr. Ortiz's Latin@ Writers class, and much more. For people walking by unaware of what was going on, there was a crafts table where they could create their own piece on the spot. By 1 pm it was all disassembled and removed, and Regis's first pop-up museum was over. Check out some of the pictures below

Here (left, right, below) we have some of the art created by our friends at the Children's Center. We of course hope this isn't their last time having their work displayed in a museum

 Above, you can see students from Dr. Ortiz's class displaying the project they made 

To the left, you can see Dr. Malikowski, Prof. Fontes, and some others trying their hand at the crafts table 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Check Us Out!

We're taking our marketing and branding to the next level. Ever want to find out more about us, or to follow us on a more regular basis? Well, the Heritage Studies team has come up with both a new  and a new Twitter account . Be sure to check them both out!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Children's Center Visit

Late last week, Amber Centeno, Caroline Haidul, Sarah Vedrani, myself, Prof. Pellegrino, and Prof. Edney traveled outside our usual stomping grounds in College Hall to make art with some of the happy campers at the Children's Center. We spent much of our time coloring and decorating hearts for their upcoming art show (even today I can find a way to sneak out of cleanup time). Most importantly, however, we made some new friends.

The details for their art show are as follows:

Regis College Children's Center
Intergenerational Art Show And Silent Auction

Monday, April 27, 2015
Regis College Fine Arts Center Gallery

Check out some of the pictures for our visit below!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Another Successful Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Audrey McCullough, who successfully defended her MA thesis this past week. Audrey's thesis, entitled, "Social Media and Museums," deals with the history of museums, social media, and where those two fields intersect. 

Audrey joins the likes of Prof.  Naomi Kooker, Amy Damon, and Karen Dropps, all our most recent graduates to have defended their theses. 


New Orleans Conference

From Tuesday, March 31 to Saturday, April 4, Regis was well represented at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference in New Orleans. I represented the graduate students with a presentation on "Myth and Religion in World War I."  For the professors, Dr. Alison MacAdams presented her paper, "The Naked Truth: Sovereignty and Power in the Stories of Inanna and Little Red Riding Hood," while Dr. Kate Edney, who also served as area chair for Folklore and Popular Culture, organized and chaired 5 panels for the conference, and also presented her paper, "The Golden Dawn (1927), a Colonial Musical." The conference featured panels ranging in topics from comic books, to science fiction, to folklore, to feminism, to philosophy, to education, and a whole swath of other areas as well. 

From left to right: Ben Remillard, Dr. Kate Edney, Dr. Alison MacAdams


Italy Night!

On March 23, in order to celebrate the recent Spring Break academic trip to Florence, we put on an Italy Night! In addition to delicious foods and drinks, students were given a culinary delight which they were tasked with researching and presenting on. These presentations ranged from appetizers like Tuscan bread (which is unique for not having any salt), to the classic standards of Italian dining--like spaghetti, lasagna, risotto, etc--to desserts like tiramisu and panna cotta, to drinks (as no Heritage Studies event would be complete without caffe and vino). 

While classic Italian music was blaring in the background, there was some disagreement over how to brown the garlic (left) while others began 
preparing for the meal (right)

With about 25 special guests in attendance (because who really wants to plan a dinner for more than 25 people?) the night was most definitely a success.