Information Studies’ UCLA/Getty Program Scholar to Add Maori Perspective to Conservation
June 29, 2012 - Tharron Bloomfield will join UCLA as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservation Resident for two years, beginning Sept. 15, as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies, providing instruction in that department as well as in the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation.
Bloomfield specializes in indigenous material culture, emphasizing ways to combine his own Maori perspective with preservation practices. He will be working closely with faculty mentors to develop materials and skills for teaching and on select research projects. He will provide lectures and practical exercises in conservation and preservation courses during the first year, as well as offering select lectures and two-to-four week teaching activities at partnering conservation programs in North America. In addition, he will design and deliver courses in conservation and preservation during the second year, and will also co-organize the professional programs for the April 2013 and 2014 Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation in Los Angeles and Buffalo, respectively.
A warm welcome is extended to Bloomfield by Dr. Greg Leazer, associate professor and chair of the Department of Information Studies; Dr. Ioanna Kakoulli, associate professor and chair of the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology; and Ellen Pearlstein, associate professor of Information Studies and principal investigator on behalf of the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation; with special thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their continued support of conservation and preservation education.