Alumni Programs

Curating the Human Story: The Power and Influence of Museums

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6-9PM MAY 23, 2013

Participate in this Evergreen seminar exploring how museums influence our understanding of the world. Member of the Faculty Jean Mandeberg and exhibit planner and designer, Seth Frankel ’93 facilitate this discussion for Greeners and friends in the Boulder area.  Register Now

Program Overview

Do museums transform living, changing cultural objects into fixed, preserved, stale collections? What stories do museums tell? What stories do objects embody? And what stories do we, visitors, tell ourselves? Join in this seminar to explore these questions and analyze how museums help to shape our reality.

About Traveling Seminars

Around the country, alumni, parents and friends of the college gather for faculty-led discussions around big ideas. Feed your passion for life-long learning and activate your engagement with the Evergreen community by participating.


  • Thursday May 23, 2013
  • 6:00–6:45 pm Reception and light refreshments
  • 6:45–9:00 pm Seminar
  • Boulder History Museum, 1206 Euclid Avenue, Boulder, Colorado
  • Limit of 25 participants
  • Regular registration: $20
  • Discounted registration for Evergreen students and alumni who graduated between 2008–2012: $10

Seminar Facilitators

Jean Mandeberg
Jean Mandeberg

Jean Mandeberg is a visual artist, a faculty member at The Evergreen State College and a community arts advocate. Awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship, her work can be seen in numerous public and private collections, and some of her work was recently published in 500 Metal Vessels, edited by Marthe LeVan.

Jean teaches visual art at Evergreen, using the history, materials, and techniques of fine metalworking as a means of expanding artistic choices and transmitting to her students the unusual patience, skill, and persistence that this work demands. Students learn about object-making and mixed media, design process, craftsmanship, and how to visually express their ideas. In her teaching, Jean has been able to link the study of fine metalworking with the humanities. Her undergraduate studio art programs teach liberal arts students to develop their imaginations and critical skills as both makers and viewers of art.

Seth Frankel ‘93
Seth Frankel

Seth Frankel is the founding principal of Studio Tectonic in Boulder, Colorado, which provides museum exhibition design, graphics and planning services. Seth has nearly 20 years experience in the design and implementation of public projects. Prior to starting Studio Tectonic, Seth was an in-house designer at the Smithsonian Institution and worked with a variety of consulting exhibit design firms.

Recent projects include the exhibit Chief Niwot ~ Legend & Legacy at the Boulder History Museum. The exhibit tells the story of this remarkable Arapahoe Indian chief, his dramatic death at the Sand Creek Massacre and the people descended from his legacy.

He is currently working with the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the design and development of the national Peace Museum in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The museum is a living memorial and education center exploring the 10-year war ending in 2002, and its effects on the people and institutions of this West African nation.

After graduating from Evergreen where he focused on education and the environment, Seth pursued fine arts training in furniture design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Your regular yearly gifts to the Evergreen Annual Fund are vital to the continued support of students and faculty. Thank you. The goal of the Traveling Seminar Series is to bring together members of the extended Evergreen community to rekindle the joy of intellectual exploration.