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The Lab for Teen Thinkers is a free year-long public humanities program for rising juniors and seniors presented by Bard Graduate Center. The summer intensive offers teens the unique opportunity to study with a variety of scholars, curators, and PhD students working in the intersections of material culture, decorative arts, and design history. Teens learn about career pathways in museum education, library sciences, archaeology, conservation, and curatorial studies. The summer intensive culminates with teens conducting research projects and sharing their ideas with community audiences. Upon successful completion of the summer program, teens receive a generous stipend and move into phase two of the program. For summer 2021 we are offering two tracks.

Track 1: Seneca Village Historical Archeology Program
In this track teens will research objects and artifacts related to Seneca Village, a 19th century community of predominantly African-Americans, many of whom owned property, in what is now Central Park.

Track 2: Cultural Heritage Science and Conservation
In this track, organized in conjunction with the Guggenheim Museum, teens conduct group and independent research on historical objects and artworks, and by doing so uses the study of the past to connect to their present lives in order to create a more democratic future.

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Important Dates

Summer 2021 Program Dates
July 5–July 29, 2021
Mondays–Thursdays / Morning and Afternoon Sessions

Application Deadline: April 8, 2021
Acceptance Notification: April 30, 2021

Information Sessions
March 9, 5–6 pm, Zoom
March 13, 1–2 pm, Zoom

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Watch The Lab for Teen Thinkers in Action

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