In the Fall semester, I taught a new course, a seminar for first-year students: “Skills: From the Medieval Workshop to the Maker Movement.” It was historical and hands-on: I wanted students to understand skills by reading and writing as well as by doing. We read history, psychology, and anthropology; manifestos, manuals, and memoirs.

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The Brown Design Workshop
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Tools and how-tos at the Brown Design Workshop
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Class discussion
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Kenna Libes teaching sewing
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At the Steelyard
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At New Harvest Coffee Roasters
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At the RISD Museum (left) and the John Hay Library
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Professor of American Studies at Brown University. Author of Inside the Lost Museum: Curating, Past and Present.

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