Frequently Asked Questions
How may the Smithsonian Affiliation benefit a faculty or staff member?
Smithsonian Affiliations Visiting Professional Program: Visiting professionals work full-time with staff at the Smithsonian for four to six weeks on a specific project before returning to WestConn to apply new-found knowledge and skills.
How may a student benefit from the Smithsonian Affiliation?
Intern Partnership Program. Interns spend ten weeks during the summer working full-time at the Smithsonian on a project designed to assist with the affiliate’s own projects.
What events and programs has WestConn hosted as an affiliate?
In 2003, One Day/One Book: An Exhibition in Celebration of Bloomsday #99, commemorated James Joyce’s most acclaimed work, Ulysses, with a display of rare and beautifully designed editions of the novel from the library of a private collector and special commemorative stamps from the National Postal Museum. For the 2004 opening of the Westside Observatory and Planetarium, the National Air and Space Museum loaned a NASA space shuttle astronaut suit; a planetary expert from the Smithsonian delivered a talk at the event as well. Also in 2004, the exhibit Skitch Henderson: A Man & His Music, curated by Hunt Hill Farm Trust and the National Museum of American History, traveled to WestConn.
How may I learn more about the Affiliations program and the collections of the Smithsonian Institution?
For more information, please refer to the Smithsonian Affiliations website at http://affiliations.si.edu. You may also contact Dr. Margaret Leahey at 837-8281 or at LeaheyM@wcsu.edu and/or see “Smithsonian” under Grant Programs on ERes.