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The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching museum.  A resource across the university, we inspire creative and critical thinking about culture by fostering interdisciplinary understanding of the material world. We provide opportunities for faculty and students to work with collections and the public, teaching through objects and programs in classrooms, in the gallery in Manning Hall, and at the Collections Research Center.

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Mellon Foundation grant initiates ‘Assemblages’ collaboration Haffenreffer Museum and RISD Museum to further object-based education and research

May 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI — The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University and the RISD Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) have each received grants totaling $500,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for “Assemblages,” a four-year collaborative initiative focusing on the new and evolving field of object-based teaching and research.

The Mellon Foundation grant makes possible the first major academic partnership between the two museums, led by Robert Preucel, Director of the Haffenreffer Museum, and John W. Smith, Director of the RISD Museum. The grant supports Faculty Teaching Fellows, Postgraduate Photography Fellows, innovative courses, teaching workshops, and annual academic seminars during the years 2014 to 2017.

“The goals of our project are to explore how objects and digital media can be used to interrogate the boundaries of academic fields in the humanities and social sciences,” says Preucel.  More... 


CultureLab is an exciting area in the Museum that allows for hands-on research!  Visit our CultureLab page to find out more.