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April 13, 2007

UI Hosts Careers In Museums Conference April 25

On Wednesday, April 25, the University of Iowa Museum Studies Program, UI Campus Museum Collective and the Old Capitol Museum will host the inaugural Careers in Museums conference, from 3:30 to 9 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City.

This conference is dedicated to exploring careers in the world of museology (museum studies) and related fields, providing students and members of the community with a broad range of information about the career opportunities available.

"This will be a super event to gain an immense amount of knowledge about everything 'museum,'" said Patrick Reed, vice president of the UI Campus Museum Collective.

Afternoon activities include a workshop about building portfolios and resumes, a discussion panel focused on entering the museum field, as well as the current issues facing museum professionals today. The conference will conclude with an address at 7:30 p.m. in the Senate Chamber by keynote speaker Marjorie Schwarzer, director of the museum studies program at John F. Kennedy University, and author of "Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America."

"This will be a terrific opportunity for students to learn about potential careers in museums, both their challenges and their joys," Schwarzer said.

A light supper is planned at 6:15 p.m. in advance of the speech. Admission is free and open to the public, and the event is suitable for most ages.

For more information and a detailed schedule of activities, contact Reed at or 319-335-3591, or Elisa Ewing, education and outreach coordinator, UI Museum Studies Program, or 319-335-3591.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Reed or Ewing in advance at the numbers above.

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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