Jean Hinkley

Jean Hinkley

Year of Graduation:

Previous Education (degree and institution): 
BA History from American University, Washington, D.C.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist Italy: 
It was an opportunity that I could not pass up! I wanted a hands-on learning experience and to have exposure to global museological perspectives.

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development: 
All of the courses were relevant to strengthening my understanding of museums. A few classes that stand out are The History of Collecting, Museums and the Public I, Museum Education, and Transcultural Aesthetics. History of Collecting laid the foundation for all other classes. We discussed the history of museums and where they came from, what inspired people to collect, and how museum collections came into existence. For Museums and the Public I, all of the classes were either taught on-site with a museum professional guiding us through different museums in Florence or taught by a guest lecturer in the museum field. This gave us a broad perspective of museum insights. Museum Education was a great experience because we visited several museums, participated in educational activities, and even created our own program for the end of the year exhibition. All of the classes challenged my preconceived notions of museums; however, the greatest influence was from Transcultural Aesthetics. My outlook of how museums define culture and who should be defining culture changed.

Where did you do your internship?
I am planning on doing my internship in the Fall of 2017.

What type of museum career are you pursuing, or are you planning on earning another degree?
I would like to start out in the museum education field and then work my way up to being a curator. I think in order to be a curator you need to understand how the other museum departments work together in order to achieve the desired mission of the museum.

 Where did you travel during your time in Italy?
Many adventures to other countries and within Italy. In the fall semester, I traveled with classmates to Dublin, Berlin, Prague, and Paris. For spring break a group of us traveled to Morocco for an amazing trip – definitely my favorite of the year! Within Italy, I traveled to Rome (of course), Venice, Sienna, Panzano, Pompeii (climbed Mt. Vesuvius!), Sorrento, Naples, Treviso, and Prato. We also took a lot of field trips with classes to cities like Milan and Pisa.

What was your favorite place in Florence and why?
I really love Piazza Santa Maria Novella and sitting on the San Lorenzo steps because it is less crowded than popular tourist attractions like the Duomo, plus it makes for good people watching.

What is your least favorite aspect of living in Florence and why?
Personally, I like nature and being in green spaces, and that is not necessarily easily accessible in Florence; but, if you make the effort to find it, there are many places that you can visit with a longer walk or by bus (like Fiesole and the Cascine!)

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist/LdM: 
Start thinking about what you would like to learn more about within the field of museum studies. This will help you get an idea of what thesis topic you might like to pursue. If you have a strong idea at the beginning of the program, you are more likely to get a head start on your thesis.

Please feel free to provide any additional comments:
Studying in Florence with Marist and LdM was the most rewarding educational and personal experience that I have ever had. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

How did you hear about our program?
I grew up in Poughkeepsie, so I always knew about Marist. Then, I decided that I wanted to pursue a degree in Museum Studies and discovered that Marist offered the most hands on program out of all the ones that I researched. Everything fell into place after that.

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Profile Type: Class of 2018
Major: Museum Studies
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: Italy