Kiersten Latham, 1999

Associate professor in the School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University and current Fulbright Scholar in Zadar, Croatia

After graduating from KU's Museum Studies Program, I went to Emporia State University for a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science. I've since developed and teach the specialization in museum studies from an LIS perspective. In addition to Kiersten Latham in Croatiaacademic work, I have worked in, on, and about museums in various capacities for more than 20 years, serving as a director, educator, researcher, collections manager, curator, volunteer, and consultant. My research interests convene around the meaning of museum objects — especially with respect to emotion, perception, sensation, and spirituality — and the conceptual foundations of museums as knowledge systems. Presently,  I'm studying museum user perceptions of “the real thing” in museums and museums as ecological systems. I've done research on numinous experiences with museum objects, imaginative touch (of museum objects), and conceptual ramifications of museum object as document. In addition to teaching and research, I run the MuseLab, a place for thinking, doing, and learning about museal things, located in the iSchool at Kent State.

Kiersten LathamCurrently I am a Fulbright Scholar in Zadar, Croatia, where I teach Current Issues in Documentation Studies to graduate students in the Information Sciences Department. I’ll be here about 5 months and have my 17-year-old daughter with me.

I've co-written Foundations of Museum Studies with John Simmons (also formerly of KU) and Objects of Experience with Elee Wood, IUPUI. [Ed. note: The KU Museum Studies Program uses Kiersten's books.]


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Activity: Art cart Nature VS Machine Drawings
Saturday, May 19
1p.m - 4p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Sam and  Connie Perkins Central Court, 317
Free and open to the public

Talk: Show art Sunday Metamorphoses
Sunday, May 20
2p.m. - 3p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 20/21 Gallery, 405
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Talk: Senior Session Big Botany Conversations with the Plant World
Thursday, May 24
10a.m. - 11p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 317
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Activity: Art Cart at Large Pollinators 
Thursday, May 24
10a.m. - 12p.m.
The Panorama, Natural history museum, Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
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Film: Big Botany on the Big Screen Leaning into the wind: Andy Goldsworthy
Thursday, May 31
6p.m. - 7:30p.m.
309 Auditorium 
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