Staff

Dr. Peter H. Welsh
Director & Professor of Museum Studies
785-864-5702
Lippincott Hall, room 6

Professor Welsh's research has addressed a range of issues including the historical and legal background by which museums have come to control culturally sensitive objects; the public representation and interpretation of culture; and concerns over the sustainability of local history museums. He has worked with native cultures in Wyoming and the Southwest, and has conducted archaeological research in Arizona and China.  He earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lauren Chaney
Graduate Academic Advisor
785-864-2306
Lippincott Hall, Room 6A

Lauren provides administrative and advising support for five graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as being an integral part of the COGA team. She advises students throughout their time at KU, including the admissions process, regular enrollment, petitions, the comprehensive/final exam process, and graduation. She also works with graduate faculty and students to understand University policies and procedures, develops written and online communications, and maintains student records in her departments. The departments she serves are:

  • American Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Visual Art
  • Visual Art Education

Lauren joined the COGA team in 2016. A Lawrence native, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership from the University of Kansas.

Brandy Ernzen
Program Coordinator
785-864-6408
Lippincott Hall, room 6

Brandy assists with office administration, recruiting and marketing efforts, and some student support duties for the Museum Studies Program. A proud Jayhawk alum, Brandy graduated from KU with a bachelor's degree in advertising and broadcast management.


Museum Events

Kenneth Spencer Research Library North Gallery Grand Reopening
Thursday, September 7 | 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: 15-minute tours of North Gallery, 4 p.m.: Brief remarks
Kenneth Spencer Research Library, 1450 Poplar Lane
University of Kansas campus

Fall 2017 Applied Humanities Workshop with N.Y. Nathiri
Friday, September 15 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hall Center for the Humanities Conference Room
Nathiri is executive director of of the Association for the Preservation of the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.). P.E.C. is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1987 and based in Eatonville, Florida, the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston. P.E.C. hosts the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities; The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston); and a host of year-round programs for pre-K through 12. Nathiri is a professionally trained librarian and an award-winning preservationist.

Teacher Appreciation Night
September 28 | 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Truman Presidential Museum
500 W. U.S. Highway 24
Independence, MO
More than 20 museums across the region will be present to help teachers craft lessons and offer their resources. Free to all educators.
 

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