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Yale - Smithsonian 

As part of a collaboration between Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, Yale Summer Session is offering two new courses that take students into the collections in Washington, D.C.  The first two summer courses in the Yale-Smithsonian collaboration invite students to consider how public memory is created through an exploration of public sculpture and museum display.

Point: All expenses for the trip to Washington D.C. (including travel, lodging, and meals) will be covered by Yale Summer Session.

Yale-Smithsonian courses are open to Yale College students and visiting college students. Enrollment is limited to 15 students per course.

Date: 2018 Course Dates: Session A, May 28 - June 29, 2018

2018 Trip to Washington D.C.: June 21 - June 24, 2018

Application: The application for summer 2019 will open in January. Sign up for email notifications from Yale Summer Session to hear first when the application opens.

Courses Offered in 2018

American Public Sculpture (AMST S312)

Building on a new partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University, this course offers a broad-based and multidisciplinary exploration of public sculpture in the United States. Course work includes field trips and digital projects as well as readings in the scholarship of public memory, cultural heritage, conservation, and aesthetics. 1 Credit.

American History in National Museums (AMST S313)

An introduction to select topics in U.S. history that encourages critical, informed analysis of how those topics are currently represented by the Smithsonian. This course will focus on the 20th-century United States, on the development of the Smithsonian as an institution, and on research and interpretive practices used by museum curators. Participants will visit and analyze how museums in Washington D.C. present national history to a diverse public. 1 Credit.

Note: Students will depart for Washington D.C. at 5 p.m on Thursday, June 21. If students are taking a second course in Yale Summer Session, they should choose one that does not meet on Thursday evenings or on Fridays in order to participate in the trip.