SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS WILL REIMAGINE NEW ENGLAND’S PAST
Applications are now being accepted for summer 2022 fellows seeking to participate in the project
entitled, Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom.
The Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum, in collaboration with the Center for
the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University and Williams College, will hold classes at
Mystic Seaport Museum to interrogate the region’s past. The history and legacies of settler
colonialism, racial slavery, servitude, dispossession, Indigenous resistance and African American
strategies for fashioning pursuits of freedom will be considered. A distinctive feature of this
summer program will be the framing of these topics within the context of New England’s maritime
setting, an environment that fostered interaction, mobility, and exploitation.
The Munson Institute is the leading, and often sole, center for teaching maritime history in the
United States. It has offered graduate credit through the University of Connecticut for over 60
years while its faculty includes top maritime historians from across the United States.
2022 is the second year that Munson will participate in the multi-institutional Reimagining New
England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom project funded by the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation. This enhanced summer session will expand the Munson Institute’s cadre of
scholars with specialists from collaborating faculty and representatives from the region’s Native
Applicants for the 2022 summer session may apply for one of the twelve fellowships being offered
through the Mellon Foundation grant. These positions are most particularly intended for junior
faculty and graduate students. We also encourage applications from the region’s tribal nations
and African American communities. Each of the fellowships, set to run from June 27- July 29,
will be supported with a $2,000 stipend, plus museum-owned housing and book purchases.
***For additional information please call The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice/Brown University @ 401-863-5099. Fax # 401-863-5095
The Institute for American Indian Studies
Collections Assistant and Museum Educator Job Descriptions
The Institute for American Indian Studies’ mission is to preserve, share, and promote the Spirit of the Northeast’s First Peoples. Through discovery and creativity, the Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates about the diverse traditions and knowledge of Native American cultures. With integrity, the Institute for American Indian Studies honors the communities, diversity, knowledge, and vitality of Native American cultures.
For more than 45 years, our Native American museum has been engaging the public in archaeology, history, and the culture of Native Americans in interactive and culturally appropriate ways. IAIS is seeking two people for job opportunities in two different departments: A Collections Assistant (full time, 35+ hours a week) to work in Research and Collections, and a Museum Educator (part time, 30+ hours a week) to work in Education. Though these are separate jobs there is some overlap, in that they will both be required to work with the public and to assist in school tours with visitors. Both jobs will also require the occasional heavy lifting (25+ lbs.); a background check; in-person attendance; basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom); excellent communication skills; flexibility, reliability, and the ability to work either independently or as part of a team. See below for each job specifics.
Collections Assistant Responsibilities and Requirements:
Assisting the curator in researching, planning, and setting up new exhibits in the museum space.
Work on the maintenance and preservation of permanent collections.
Detailed research with one specific collection may be required.
Attendance at staff meetings.
Ability to lead tours or help with school groups for the education department.
Helping to manage and give guidance to in-person (and remote) interns.
Other duties as needed by IAIS Administration.
Must have at least a Bachelor’s degree or higher in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, or a related discipline.
PastPerfect experience is preferred but not mandatory.
Experience working with diverse communities, and/or shared heritage, knowledge, & understandings of Native American cultures. There are items in our collections that are culturally sensitive, as well as working directly with tribal entities in managing oral histories.
Museum Educator Responsibilities and Requirements:
Teach age-appropriate, curriculum-based museum programs.
Facilitate hands-on learning activities, in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Provide a safe learning environment and stewardship of the museum facility through “classroom” management.
Leading interactive, discussion-based tours for museum visitors of all ages on weekdays and weekends.
Facilitate virtual education programs on a variety of platforms.
Assist in preparing teaching materials and supplies, as well as the set-up and clean-up of educational activities.
May be asked to help with the Wigwam Escape Room, requiring check in of guests, processing reservations and payments, game orientation, and monitoring of player activities.
Other duties as needed by IAIS Administration.
Must be willing to work both weekdays and weekends, with a flexible schedule that may vary depending on the season.
Comfortable working with elementary school-age children.
Creativity, with a willingness to experience new ideas.
To all STN tribal members who are unemployed or underemployed and are looking for work, the Connecticut Indian Council (CIC) would like to meet with you! The CIC is searching for enrolled STN tribal members in need of training or employment. You must be an enrolled STN member, at least 18 years of age, unemployed or underemployed and males must register for Selective Service. If you meet the minimum requirements, please contact the CIC @ 1 (860) 535-1277.
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