An Alabama State University professor who serves as a Humanities digital archivist in the Levi Watkins Learning Center (LWLC) has been tapped by the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to attend its “Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere Summer Scholar Institute.”
ASU Professor Cassandra Cavness will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this summer to take advantage of this special NEH institutes’ four-week course that is hosted at Georgetown University, which allows scholars to take an in-depth exploration and study of museums and collections in the nation’s capital.
The institutes goal is to bring the rich and diverse histories of America’s public museums in to more extensive use for teaching and research in the humanities.
In addition to her role as a digital archivist at ASU, she is also the museum consultant for the University’s National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture. Her primary research focus is the interpretation of history through a visual lens. In addition to her duties at ASU, she also serves as the 2019 junior executive board president for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; board member for the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts in Montgomery; treasurer for the Alabama Museum Association, and as co-chair for the Alabama chapter of the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network.
“I plan to utilize the knowledge and experience gained at the institute to create a new approach to the University’s public programming and scholarly initiatives pertaining to portions of the cultural district at Alabama State University,” said Cavness. “I am interested in developing initiatives that engage the student body with the University’s history through the use of memory and the juxtaposition of tribulations and triumphs,” she added.
For more information on the NEH Summer Institute, please visit this link: https://museumsneh.ucsc.edu/neh-summer-scholars/.
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