Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - The Museum is Your Classroom


Thursday, August 25, 2022, 2:15pm to 3:30pm


Harvard Art Museums

Rebecca Miller Brown, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Programming, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Jen Thum, Assistant Director of Academic Engagement and Assistant Research Curator, Harvard Art Museums

A Dutch landscape drawing to investigate climate change. Interwar prints to consider the lives of noncombatants. A Buddhist sculpture analyzed by medical students. Each semester, classes from disciplines across the university—on topics ranging from environmental science to poetry—engage with original works of art at the Harvard Art Museums. In this workshop, you will have a chance to explore real examples from past courses of how TFs and faculty have inspired their students with the museums’ collections. We will discuss strategies to encourage students to look closely and think critically, and promote active learning with works of art in your teaching. Broaden your pedagogical horizons: learn how the museums can support your course goals through discussions and installations in our galleries and up-close encounters in our intimate Art Study Center classrooms. Note: Please meet in Harvard Hall at 2:00pm to walk over to the Harvard Art Museums together. Be sure to have your Harvard ID with you.

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced graduate student teachers for their roles as Teaching Fellows in the FAS. Pre-registration is required. Learn more here.