About

A pretty cold Mardi Gras season.

I am Robert Connolly – a resident of New Orleans transplanted from Memphis, Tennessee, via Jackson, Mississippi, via Northeast Louisiana, via . . . where I live with my wife Emma and our rescue dog Grace (Golden Retriever). We have four (step) children and eleven grandchildren spread between Jackson Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana.

I am “institutionally” retired from my career as an educator/museum professional/anthropologist/community activist and advocate, a combination that I enjoyed immensely.  Specifically, on September 1, 2016 I retired as the Director of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. and Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis, where I also served on the Advisory Board for the the Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Studies.

Things I like include Emma, living into the process, aha moments, facilitating the exploration of big ideas, reading, travel on blue line highways, computer graphics, biking, writing, photography, baking, eating, hanging with the grandkids, heat and humidity, recovery, and all of those two-room county museums spread across this country.  I blog about my long-term recovery from alcoholism and my recent cancer diagnosis at the Process Not An Event.

Here is my academia.edu page where I have some of my publications, field notes, syllabi and other things loaded.

 

  10 comments for “About

  1. Linda Watson
    August 20, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Mr. Connolly,
    I read your blog about the Muscatine button museum and saw the article published in our sister paper, the Muscatine Journal. Would you grant permission for it to be published in the Quad-City Times, Davenport, on our On the River page?
    Thank you for your response?
    Linda Watson
    Quad-City Times

  2. jayur
    November 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Dr. Connolly,

    Great blog! Its been a while and I hope you’re doing well. Tulane keeps me too busy these days but hopefully I can make it up to museum some time soon. If you’re around next summer, me and a whole group of folks should be working near Clarksdale, perhaps I could rely on your experiences setting up a public outreach day…

    all the best

    Jayur

  3. November 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog! Welcome 🙂

  4. May 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Robert,
    I saw that you were a contributor for the MOOC News & Reviews and you had an interest in corporate informal learning… that made me think you were the perfect person to know more about the MOOC my company is launching entitled: “MOOC on Corporate MOOCs”.

    We are first to market with a corporate MOOC platform, so you’d get an opportunity to experience it first hand. Apologies for being at all spammy, but I really thought it would be of interest to you. I’ve included the registration page here, if you are interested.
    http://intrepidlearning.com/preregister-corporate-mooc/

  5. July 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Loved this, Robert:

    “Things I like include Emma, living into the process, aha moments, facilitating the exploration of big things, reading, travel on blue line highways, computer graphics, biking, writing, photography, baking, eating, hanging with the grandkids, heat and humidity, recovery, and all of those two-room county museums spread across this country.”

    Pleased to meet you.

    Best,
    Dani

    • July 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks very much. Life is good!

  6. Lynn
    April 26, 2016 at 3:43 am

    I didn’t know there was a term for following old roads. We have Bankhead Highway and Old Hwy. 45, the first concrete road in the south, near Tupelo, Mississippi.

  7. March 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Dr. Connelly –

    Thank you for supporting Connecting to Collection and our new iteration, Connecting to Collections Care! We are here to serve institutions such as yours because we know that professional development opportunities for smaller cultural institutions are not always readily available. It is our pleasure!

    M. Susan Barger
    Community Coordinator, Connecting to Collections Care

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