The Promise of Cultural Institutions

The Promise of Cultural Institutions

by David Carr (4)
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0759102929

ISBN-13: 9780759102927

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: AltaMira Press

This thought-provoking collection of essays is essential reading for anyone who cares about cultural institutions and their role in the community of learners. These institutions—often museums or libraries—have the power to profoundly alter our sense of ourselves and of the world around us, but that power carries with it obligations. David Carr challenges

Overview

This thought-provoking collection of essays is essential reading for anyone who cares about cultural institutions and their role in the community of learners. These institutions—often museums or libraries—have the power to profoundly alter our sense of ourselves and of the world around us, but that power carries with it obligations. David Carr challenges us to contemplate both the effects and the responsibilities, to examine carefully the nuances of these experiences. Yet a visit to a cultural institution is itself only one act in the broader activity of learning throughout our lives. Carr has much to say about the experience of learning in its best sense and thus speaks not only to lovers of cultural institutions, but also to lovers of learning everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759102927
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
American Association for State and Local History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,249,137
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword by G. Rollie Adams Part 2 Introduction: Promises and Institutions Chapter 3 Chapter 1: A Museum is an Open Work I see the museum as I see the library... Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Museums, Educative An educative museum is a cognitive environment... Chapter 5 Chapter 3: In the Contexts of the Possible Great cultural institutions are incendiary... Chapter 6 Chapter 4: A Community Mind Invisible actions, unspoken connections... Chapter 7 Chapter 5: The Situation that Educates It is not the educator who educates... Chapter 8 Chapter 6: A Poetics of Questions What is it? What holds the thing in our minds?... Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Museums and Public Trust Our lives embody interpretations of trust... Chapter 10 Chapter 8: Crafted Truths The child's museum is not about objects... Chapter 11 Chapter 9: The Promise of Cultural Institutions This place we are in is new... Chapter 12 Chapter 10: Ten Lessons and One Rule Learners learn from learners... Part 13 Appendix I: To Read Part 14 Appendix II: To Observe Part 15 Appendix III: Each Life Part 16 Index Part 17 About the Author

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