The Berman for the Classroom
The Berman Museum hosts faculty tours every semester. Deborah Barkun, Creative Director, leads Ursinus faculty through the museum with special attention to how they could use current exhibitions in the classroom. On the tour, faculty members brainstorm ways to apply the conversations happening at the Berman to their curricula and design assignments inspired by them.
- All CIE classes use the smokestack, Live the Questions, as a text in the curriculum.
- Christopher Tralie, Assistant Professor of Math and Computer Science, developed a 3D modeling assignment to correspond with Katie Merz’s work on the smokestack.
- Cory Straub, Associate Professor of Biology, brought classes to the Berman to analyze the plant life in Immigrant Flora: Rising Under. Denise Finney, Associate Professor of Biology, collaborated with Art History to use the exhibition as inspiration for an Inquiry Course.
The Berman Museum has two spaces faculty can request for classroom use: Classroom 016 and Works on Paper Study Room. Classroom 016 is perfect for film screenings, as it has a large screen and can accommodate up to 40 people. The classroom is also available for larger classes working with pulled pieces from the collection. The Works on Paper Study Room is a good fit for seminars of up to 12 people. It has a large table for discussion and breakaway areas for partner work.
Accessing the Collection
The Berman Museum has over eight thousand pieces in its permanent collection. Classes can come to view these pieces to expand their understanding of a time period, movement, region, or more. Contact Catherine Sirizzotti, Collections Manager, to pull the art that best suits your subject material.
Faculty at Ursinus and other local colleges can request self-led or guided tours of the museum for classes with the adjacent form. Visiting the exhibitions in person stimulates students’ interdisciplinary connections between class material, art, and ways the visual medium contributes to a conversation.