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Hello Alumni,

I trust you all received and have read Dean Peter Miller’s letter from this morning regarding BGC’s efforts toward creating a more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive institution. If you missed it, I urge you to give it a read and be in touch with Peter directly to share your thoughts.

Now that summer has officially arrived, let’s congratulate the BGC class of 2020 and welcome them to the alumni newsletter. Here you will find select career opportunities, alumni accomplishments, and events to attend at BGC and out in the world.

For those of you who missed it, the 2020 Qualifying Paper Symposium recording is available online.

As always, feel free to email me at if you have ideas or relevant events or jobs to share with your fellow alumni in future newsletters.

Grace Reff (MA ’17)

Select Career Opportunities

MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences just announced a one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Digital Humanities. Although the position is based in Cambridge, given the current health crisis, they will consider a remote appointment.

Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens in Houston, Texas is accepting proposals for papers on the relationship between place and material culture in pre-1900 Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest, to be presented at the eighth biennial David B. Warren Symposium. Deadline for submissions is July 1. 

SculptureCenter seeks a Curatorial Fellow to oversee its upcoming In Practice exhibition. 

The historic Barker Mansion in Michigan City, Indiana seeks applicants for its 2020 Research Fellowship. The research fellow will conduct original object-based and archival research on the Barker Mansion to assist in developing a furnishing plan for reinterpreting the historic rooms of the mansion.

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta is accepting applications for its Kress Museum Interpretation Fellow. The fellow will develop dynamic interpretive tools to tell compelling stories for all audiences about the Museum’s European art collection and European special exhibitions.

For more job listings: please visit the BGC job board.
password: BGC-careers-2017

Virtual Events Out In The World

Archaeology in the Time of Black Lives Matter
Thursday, June 25
6 pm
Where does archaeology sit in relation to Black Lives Matter and how might we find ways to engage with the insights and challenges of this moment in our archaeological practice? This panel discussion gathers notable scholars from different sectors and backgrounds who bring diverse experiences and interests to the topic of archaeology in the time of Black Lives Matter. Themes will include personal and scholarly activism and forms of solidarity; pedagogical and curricular strategies; capacity building and community engagement; and how we might diversify and critically rethink research themes and the presentation of archaeological heritages.

Telling the Art Deco Story of The Grand Concourse, Part One
Sunday, June 28
1 pm
In this webinar organized by the Art Deco Society of New York, architectural historian, Anthony W. Robins, will lead a tour through the superb interwar architectural treasures of The Grand Concourse–The Bronx’s famed Art Deco thoroughfare.

Virtual Insights: Archiving the Present
Tuesday, June 30
1 pm
Join Natalie Milbrodt, director of the Queens Memory Project, in conversation with Regina Carra, Rapaport Archivist at the American Folk Art Museum, on archiving stories of resilience, hope, mutual aid, and loss amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Special guest, artist Alexis Ward, will join the conversation to discuss her artistic practice.

Masterpiece Symposium: Conservation Conversations
June 30 – July 1
Masterpiece Online is hosting a programme of digital debate and discussion co-organised by the Fair and Thomas Marks, editor of Apollo, to bring together the pre-eminent museum curators and conservators of tomorrow with the emerging stars of the art and antiques trade – with the aim of encouraging constructive discussion, networking and the exchange of knowledge and practical advice.