University of Delaware's Winterthur Program in American Material Cutlure Fall Visit Days

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The University of Delaware's Winterthur Program in American Material Culture provides interdisciplinary study of diverse ideas, contexts, and theories—supported by truly unparalleled hands-on study of objects, landscapes, buildings, decorative arts, and design, both within and outside the vast collections of the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library—so that all of our students may master the skills necessary to expand and confound predominant scholarship in material culture.  Focused on the material world of America in historical and global contexts, the Winterthur Program addresses the complicated lives of objects, the way in which objects fostered human relationships, and how objects ranging from the seventeenth century to the modern era enable us to understand the past in all of its diversity, including the American material world created by Black, Indigenous, or people of color. 100% of enrolled M.A. students receive full funding—a generous annual stipend of $22,000 (for living expenses) and free tuition—for their entire 22-month course of study.

Program Visit Days are an informative experience for prospective applicants considering admission to the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Preregistration is required.  2021 Visit Days will take place at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and will also be delivered virtually via Zoom on four fall Fridays—join us in-person or remotely—your choice. For 2021, Visit Days will take place on October 8th, October 22nd, October 29th and November 19th

On each Friday, your 10:30 AM (EST) in-person or 10:45 AM (EST) virtual visit begins with an Information / Q & A session explaining the Program’s mission, methods, faculty, and application process. Program Director, Dr. Martin Brückner will share this introduction to the Program in-person and via Zoom, during each of the four Visit Days (preregistration required). 

Following the introduction to the Program, your in-person or virtual visit may also include attendance at Thesis Seminar at 1:15 PM (EST). During this class, prospective applicants will watch two second-year Fellows present their thesis research (to date), followed by questions and comments by the Program faculty and Fellows. Each of the four Thesis Seminars will feature two different presenters; please feel free to attend as many sessions as you like (preregistration required). Thesis Seminar ends at ~3:00 PM and includes a break between presenters.

For those visiting in-person, you may choose to arrive at 9:30 AM (EST) to arrange self-guided tours (Gardens open at 9:30 and Galleries open at 10:00) prior to the information session (you will receive guidance regarding meeting at 10:30 for the Information / Q & A session). You may also join current Fellows for lunch mid-day.

For those attending in-person and remotely, you may choose to join us for a Collections Tour at the end of the day; if joining the Collections Tour, your day will end at ~4:15 PM (EST).

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