Events that began in 2014

The Haffenreffer Museum is closed for the Brown University holiday break

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:00am - Monday, January 05, 2015 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Haffenreffer Museum is closed for the Brown University holiday break starting at noon on Tuesday, December 23. We will re-open for our regular schedule on Tuesday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m.

Happy holidays!

William Simmons - Paths to the Great Swamp Fight

Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
John Carter Brown Library, Reading Room

The assault by the United New England Colonies on the Narragansett stockade in the Great Swamp (Quawawehunk) marked a turning point in Native American and English colonial sovereignty in southern New England. This talk will elucidate the cultural and political forces that collided in this momentous fight. Sponsored by the John Carter Brown Library, the Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.

Movie screening: National Treasure

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

Join the Haffenreffer Museum Student Group as we screen NATIONAL TREASURE! Tonight at 8pm in the museum (Manning Hall). Free admission, free popcorn and hot chocolate!

Haffenreffer Museum closed for Thanksgiving weekend

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00pm - Sunday, November 30, 2014 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend starting at noon on Wednesday, November 25. We will re-open during our regular time on Tuesday, December 2 at 10 a.m. Have a great Thanksgiving!

1764 Lecture by Colin Calloway, “Powers in the Land: Indian Nations and the Limits of Empire in North America”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
John Carter Brown Library, Reading Room

Please join the Department of History, the John Carter Brown Library, and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology for "Powers in the Land: Indian Nations and the Limits of Empire in North America," by Colin Calloway ( The John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College). This will be the fourth of seven lectures on the world at the time of Brown's founding (and since) by leading academic voices in a variety of fields.Colin Calloway is an award-winning scholar who has written over 15 books on Native American history.

Eva Andersson Strand / Textiles and Textile production in Viking Age Scandinavia

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
List Art Building, Room 120

Eva Andersson Strand, The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Scandinavian inhabitants (today often known as the Vikings) are most famously as explorers, warriors, merchants and pirates who raided and colonized wide areas of Europe from the late eighth to the early eleventh centuries. However, at the time most people lived in individual farms or in small villages in Scandinavia. Furthermore there is clear evidence of both international trade and specialised craftsmanship.

Explore Ancient Egypt in CultureLab

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00am - 2:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

Jen Thum, Egyptologist and graduate student at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, will be in CultureLab to share what she learned about some of the Museum's Egyptian pieces while you examine them close-up. Ms. Thum will also share how she deciphered a badly damaged relief block that had been in the Museum for decades and is now finally on display thanks to her work.

Kevin McBride / Uncovering the 1676 Battle of Nipsachuck

Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Smith-Buonanno, Room 106

Join Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, as he discusses the King Philip's War Nipsachuck battlefield survey focused on identifying and documenting the location and boundaries of the movements, sites and actions associated with Second Battle of Nipsachuck.

Clark L. Erickson / Pre-Columbian Monumental Landscapes in the Bolivian Amazon -- Shepard Krech III Lecture

Monday, October 06, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salomon Center, Room 001

Clark L. Erickson, PhD Department of Anthropology University of Pennsylvania. Traditionally, the archaeologists have the vast Amazon region of South America to be a cultural backwater compared to the better-known civilizations that developed in the Americas. Scholars stress the limitations of tropical environments and lack of critical technological innovations to sustain civilizations. In recent years, the documentation of raised field agriculture, black earth, managed forests, hydraulic engineering, and large settlements in the Amazon has questioned traditional assumptions. Dr.

Curator's Tour of In Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University

Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

William Simmons, Professor of Anthropology and curator of this installation, will lead a tour of the Haffenreffer Museum’s latest exhibit celebrating Brown’s 250th anniversary. The exhibit takes an anthropological look at The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University and features archives and objects, such as the President’s robe, cap, and chain, that are not typically available for close viewing.

Creating Relics for Brown and the Search for a Useable Past

Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
List Art Building, Room 120

The ancient objects we associate with the history of Brown University are physical manifestations of the veneration we feel about this place. Like sacred religious relics, the time-worn buildings and portraits and ceremonial artifacts we have enshrined are touchstones that enable our sense of connection to Brown. In this talk, University Curator and Senior Lecturer in American Studies Rob Emlen examines the history and the meanings for Brown of those objects we have chosen to venerate.

In Deo Speramus Exhibit

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum, Manning Hall

The symbols and ceremonies of Brown University embody its unique history, values, and identity. These symbols and ceremonies establish solidarity within Brown's community and transcend its campus to make connections to the wider social spheres of which Brown is a part. On the occasion of the University's 250th Anniversary, this exhibit assembles Brown’s symbols so that we may see and hear what they have to say.

Artist Talk by Mateo Romero - Barbara A. and Edward G. Hail Lecture

Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
List Art Building, Room 120

Contemporary Pueblo painter Mateo Romero was born and raised in Berkeley, California. Although his cultural background is an urban one, through his father Santiago Romero and his connection to their Southern Keresan Cochiti people, this experience includes much of the Rio Grande Pueblo world as well. Mateo attended Dartmouth College and studied with acclaimed artists Ben Frank Moss and Varujan Boghosian. He received an MFA in printmaking from the University of New Mexico. Mateo is an award-winning artist who has exhibited internationally in Canada and in the United States.

"Inventing Tradition" - Lecture by Dr. Jane Lancaster

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salomon Center, Room 001

When Brown students conduct a campus tour they pass on Brown traditions, some of which have a long and honorable history, while others are of more recent (and dubious) origin.

"An Old Art Form for New Occasions: Tlingit Totem Poles at the Dawn of the New Millennium" - Shepard Krech III Lecture by Dr. Sergei Kan

Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salomon Center, Room 001

Until fairly recently totem poles carved and raised by the Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska were used mainly to depict the heraldic crests of the matrilineal kinship groups. Some poles stood in front of the large lineage-owned winter houses or inside of them, serving as corner posts. Other poles contained the cremated remains of the leaders and prominent members of the group whose crest they bore, or simply memorialized them. In the last decades, however, Tlingit carvers have been creating poles that reflect the new identities and experiences of their people.

"Indian (Art) Hating on Campus: Heap of Birds at the University of Illinois" lecture by Dr. Robert Warrior

Monday, April 07, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salomon Center, Room 001

As the final lecture in the Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown (NAISAB) series, Robert Warrior (Osage), professor of American Indian Studies, English and History at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) will give a talk about the struggle and the violence that has surrounded the movement to replace the University's Indian mascot, including the attack on the installation of contemporary artist Edgar Heap of Birds. This lecture is sponsored by the CV Starr Lectureship.

"Stealing the Past: Collectors and Museums of the 21st Century" - Lecture by Dr. Richard M. Leventhal

Monday, March 31, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salomon Center, Room 001

What would people in the United States say if one day we woke up and found that the Liberty Bell had been stolen and was in a museum in another country? And, when asked to return this symbol of our country, the museum replied that it would be better cared for in their museum and therefore they would not return it. Does this sound outrageous? Stories similar to this can be found throughout the world.

In Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University

Saturday, March 08, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

Please see listing at 5:00pm on Friday, March 7th for a full description.http://brown.edu/Facilities/Haffenreffer/index.html

Curator’s Tour of In Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University

Saturday, March 08, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

William Simmons, Professor of Anthropology and curator of this exhibit, will lead a tour of the Haffenreffer Museum's latest exhibit celebrating Brown's 250th anniversary. The exhibit features archives and objects, such as the president's robe, cap, and chain, that are not typically available for close viewing.

In Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University

Friday, March 07, 2014 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The symbols and ceremonies of Brown University embody its unique history, values, and identity. These symbols and ceremonies establish solidarity within Brown’s community and transcend its campus to make connections to the wider social spheres of which Brown is a part. On the occasion of the University’s 250th anniversary, this exhibit assembles Brown’s symbols so that we may see and hear what they have to say.

"Culture in Context: The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology" - Lecture by Dr. Robert Preucel

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details

The Haffenreffer Museum originated with the private collection of Rudolf F. Haffenreffer II, who founded the Museum in the early 20th century on the Mount Hope Grant in Bristol. Dr. Preucel, Director of the Museum and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, will provide an overview of the history of the Museum and will discuss its collections, exhibitions and research. Located at the Mount Hope Farm barn, 250 Metacom Ave, Bristol. $5 for non-members of the Farm. Sponsored by Mount Hope Farm. (Snow day 2/19). 

"Two-Spirit Imaginings of Decolonized Futures" lecture by Cherokee scholar Qwo-Li Driskill

Monday, February 03, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Smith-Buonanno, Room 106

Qwo-Li Driskill, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, will be delivering a lecture titled "Two-Spirit Imaginings of Decolonized Futures" as part of the year-long Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown (NAISAB) lecture series, sponsored by the CV Starr Lectureship