"Academic museums have proliferated over the past fifty years and yet they are often misunderstood, even neglected by their primary constituency - the students and faculty of their host universities or colleges. They provide opportunities for research, education, and inspiration, at the very least. This book is a vital resource for anyone working in or concerned about such museums. It will become the standard text for generations to come." James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust. "In an age of visitor participation and interdisciplinary engagement, academic museums play an increasingly crucial role in the museum field, and the essays contained in this book provide a roadmap that will help these cultural institutions to navigate the future and fulfil and broaden their teaching missions." Michael R Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. "Academic museums reflect and profit from the research institutions which host and nurture them. But more than that, they are a means through which the academy can engage with the community, both local and national, to allow the wider society to gain access to knowledge of all kinds about the natural and man-made world. This book demonstrates how this is made possible." Kate Pretty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.
Within the first few months of her marriage, Denise Humphrey learned that her husband was gay. Tortured by intense and conflicted emotions she existed alone and shut away from life as if in a coffin, both during the marriage and the decade after.
Denise and John loved each other in many ways, making their situation very tragic. They met each other as classical pianists, performed duets together, enjoyed each other's company, and wanted to be parents. At the same time, parts of their lives were closeted from other people, as well as from each other.
Early in the marriage, John became a medical doctor, and later Denise became a psychologist. After having two delightful sons they both absolutely loved and adored - and still do - the torment of her shuttered life increased even more dramatically because of intense fear that her feelings of shame and secrecy would be passed on to the boys.
Throughout the memoir you will embrace the enormous struggles Denise endured, how she eventually decided to end the marriage, how Denise and John disclosed to their sons, and how all four of them grew even closer through the process. This memoir reveals its resolution and miraculous metamorphosis. Life tragedies can be surpassed!
Renowned museum consultant and researcher Beverly Serrell and a group of museum professionals from the Chicago area have developed a generalizable framework by which the quality of museum exhibitions can be judged from a visitor-centered perspective. Using criteria such as comfort, engagement, reinforcement, and meaningfulness, they have produced a useful tool for other museum professionals to better assess the effectiveness of museum exhibitions and thereby to improve their quality. An attached CD includes a brief video demonstrating the Excellent Judges process and provides additional illustrations and information for the reader. Tested in a dozen institutions by the research team, this step-by-step approach to judging exhibitions will be of great value to museum directors, exhibit developers, and other museum professionals.