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As part of the School of Art’s annual lecture series, Palmyre Pierroux will give the talk “Media Design for Museum Experiences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective” at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

Palmyre PierrouxThe lecture, which will be held in the auditorium of UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception.

Pierroux, an associate professor of educational sciences at the University of Oslo, Norway, will discuss trends in the design of digital media for visitor use in museums. Pierroux’s research focuses on learning and digital environments in schools, museums, and other informal learning contexts and how digital media and technologies contribute to learning in different settings.

Pierroux is working with Sarah Lowe, associate professor at UT’s School of Art, to direct the six-week Museum Interaction Studies Abroad program in Oslo this summer. Graphic design students will work on a research project addressing visitors and digital technology in museums. They will collaborate with Oslo’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design along with students in Pierroux’s Museum Studies program.

Pierroux is the lead researcher in a recently funded multimillion-dollar research project studying changes in how knowledge is produced and mediated by experts in museums and archives using digital technologies. The study will also look at the ways in which different publics interact with, contribute to, and learn from this knowledge.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on the weekdays. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

See the museum’s website for more information about parking.


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