The Making Objects Speak project was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional support was provided by the Offices of Academic Technology and Academic Affairs of the City University of New York; the Offices of Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies at John Jay College; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; and California State University, Monterey Bay.

Academic Advisers

The following scholars served as academic advisers for tours:

*Prof. Edward T. O’Donnell, College of the Holy Cross: Immigrant New York Tour
*Prof. Karen Graubart, University of Notre Dame:
Converging Cultures: Latin America, 1520-1830 Tour
*Prof. Margaret L. King, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York:
Encounter with the Past, The Renaissanceand the Ancients Tour
*Prof. Jane Marcus, City College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York:Make It New”: Modernist Visions Tour
*Prof. Kim Hartswick, Director, CUNY B.A. Program:
The World of Augustus and Virgil Tour
*Prof. Jacob Stern, Hunter College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York:
The World of Homer, The Odyssey Tour and The World of Homer, The Iliad Tour
*Prof. Jeanne Fox-Friedman, New York University:
“And Pilgrimes Were They Alle”: The Cloisters and the World of Chaucer’s Cantebury Tales


The Project was created and administered by members of the humanities faculty of John Jay College, CUNY:
Project Director: Emeritus Prof. Elisabeth Gitter, Department of English
Project Manager: Prof. Fritz Umbach, Department of History
Associate Project Director: Prof. Bettina Carbonell, Department of English
Audio-Tour Consultant: Prof. Patricia Licklider, Department of English

Editor-in-Chief: Ward Mintz, Museum Consultant

Project Evaluation: William Tally, Ph.D.

The following people provided important assistance to the Making Objects Speak Project:
Jane Bowers, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, John Jay College; Sandrine Dikambi, Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs and Initiatives, John Jay College; Meghan Duffy, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, John Jay College; David Jaffee, Professor and Director of New Media Research, Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts; Kathy Killoran, Academic Director of Undergraduate Studies, John Jay College; Anoah Levine, Department of Instructional Technology, John Jay College; Jacob Marini, Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, John Jay College; Susy Mendes, Deputy Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, John Jay College; Cecilia O’Leary, Cecilia O’Leary, Professor of History in the Humanities and Communication Division, California State University, Monterey Bay; George Otte, University Director of Academic Technology, CUNY; Cherryanne Ward, Grants Assistant, Office of Sponsored Programs, John Jay College.

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Music Used With Permission:

Ex Cathedra provided the music that appears in the Converging Cultures tour.

In the Civil War Stories tour, we acknowledge with gratitude permissions acquired from these composers or their respective recording companies for use of excerpts of the following pieces:

Martin Wallace, “Variations,” performed by “Counter)Induction,” Benjamin Fingland, clarinet and bass clarinet, Cyrus Beroukhim, Guy Figer, violins, Jessica Meyer, viola, Alistair MacRae, cello, Katie Reimer, piano, recorded at Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY, 2009;  “Circle Song,” Martin Wallace, sequencer; and “March Ink,” Naomi Podber, flute, Martin Wallace, alto sax, and others.

Charles Fussell, Specimen Days: Cantata for Baritone Solo, Chorus and Orchestra, “Prelude—Aerial Voices,”  and “Heavenly Voices,” sung by the Cantata Singers, Boston, David Hoose, conductor, recorded at the Campion Center, Weston, MA, 1995,  Koch International, E1 Music, Charles Fussell: Specimen Days, Being Music: Sanford Sylvan, baritone, Cantata Singers—David Hoose, Lydian String Quartet, Koch International Classics 3-7338-2-H1; and “Right River (Variations for Cello & String Orchestra)” performed by New England String Ensemble, Susan Davenny Wyner, conductor, Rider on the Plains, Emmanuel Feldman, Cello: Cello Concertos by Virgil Thomson and Charles Fussell and Short Pieces, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Paul Gambill, conductor, New England String Ensemble, Susan Davenny Wyner, conductor, Joy Cline Phinney, Piano 2006. Albany Records, Troy 883.

Ernst Mahle, “Trio for Oboe, Cello, and Piano,” performed by James Ryon, oboe, Regina Mushabac, cello, Mark George, piano, Songs of Innocence & Experience: 20th Century Brazilian Chamber Music for Oboe, Cello and Piano, The Burle Marx Trio 2002.  Jeanné Digital Recordings, JDR 2261.

Special thanks also to W. Burle Marx, for an excerpt from “Sambatango,” performed by Regina Mushabac, cello, Mark George, piano, recorded at Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Hall, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH,  Regina Mushabac Cellist: Center Stage 2002.

Thanks also to Frederik L. Rusch, for his fine reading of the Walt Whitman quotations, and to
Barbara Benary and Toni Mergentime Levi for their gracious help with my initial thinking about the sound track.