We Are Montana in the Classroom to Host Free Community Day at SpectrUM

June 22, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s We Are Montana in the Classroom initiative will host a free community day at spectrUM Discovery Area on Friday, June 24.

Intended to ensure all community members have access to hands-on enrichment, spectrUM’s free community day will feature faculty role models from UM’s departments of anthropology and modern and classical languages and literatures.

Spanish linguistics Assistant Professor Pablo Requena, anthropology Associate Professor Leora Bar-el, Latin American studies director and Professor Maria Jose Bustos-Fernandez and anthropology Associate Professor Irene Appelbaum will share hands-on activities in language and linguistics at the museum’s Discovery Bench.

“We’re delighted for We Are Montana in the Classroom to be a part of spectrUM’s free community days and helping inspire the next generation of Missoulians when school is out and many families don’t have access to dynamic enrichment,” said Holly Truitt, who directs spectrUM and We Are Montana in the Classroom.

We Are Montana in the Classroom, part of the UM Broader Impacts Group in the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship, partners with more than 100 UM faculty members, professionals and graduate students to inspire K-12 students about higher education and career pathways. Last academic year, the initiative reached over 10,000 students through statewide tours, classroom visits in the Missoula area, and distance-learning experiences. We Are Montana in the Classroom will host six free, monthly community days between June and December 2016.

SpectrUM’s museum is located at 218 E. Front St. and is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission usually costs $3.50 per person, but will be free for all visitors all day on June 24. 

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Contact: Nathalie Wolfram, We Are Montana in the Classroom program manager, 406-370-7731, nathalie.wolfram@umontana.edu.