Events Archive

Gloria O'Neill - Storytelling for the Next Generation: Harnessing the Power of Video Games to Share and Celebrate Cultures

Thursday, October 22, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salomon Center, Room 001

Presented by Gloria O’Neill, President and CEO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Lunch with the Scholars who “Uncovered Ancient Egypt” - Dr. James P. Allen

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Department of Egyptology and Assyriology and Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology are proud to present a series of short lunchtime talks featuring the researchers highlighted in the exhibit Uncovering Ancient Egypt: Ancient Crafts, Modern Technologies. The exhibit invites visitors to step behind the scenes with Brown’s researchers in Egyptology, archaeology, medicine, and materials science. Together these researchers have used modern technologies to discover how the objects in Brown’s ancient Egyptian collections were made and used thousands of years ago.

Explore the Haffenreffer Museum at Brown University

Saturday, October 17, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall
Student docents from the Haffenreffer Museum Student Group will be at the Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to answer your questions within the Museum's exhibitions featuring "Uncovering Ancient Egypt: Ancient Craft, Modern Technologies" and "In ...

Haffenreffer Museum open during Gallery Night Providence

Thursday, October 15, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall
Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors. This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks ...

Carla Sinopoli - Exploring the Collections: An Anthropologist in the University Museum Storeroom - Jane Powell Dwyer Lecture

Thursday, October 08, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salomon Center, Room 001

Anthropologist are explorers. We travel to exotic locales to excavate ancient ruins or learn from indigenous communities. Many of the materials gathered in our research are now in the storerooms and laboratories of University museums. In this talk, Carla Sinopoli (University of Michigan), opens the storerooms of the remarkable Asian collections of the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology to discuss how archaeological and ethnographic collections made at the start of the last century continue to be of value today. Dr.

Celebratory Reception for Exhibit - Uncovering Ancient Egypt: Ancient Crafts, Modern Technologies

Thursday, October 01, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall
The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology's newest exhibit invites you to step behind the scenes with Brown's researchers in Egyptology, archaeology, medicine, and materials science. Together they have used modern technologies to discover how the objects ...

To Search: Investigations of the Virtual and Material Lives of Objects - Symposium

Friday, September 25, 2015 1:00pm - Saturday, September 26, 2015 4:00pm
>> OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details

Presented by RISD Museum and Haffenreffer Museum

How do objects circulate across physical and digital landscapes and how does this movement affect their status? Do we search differently with objects in the humanities and social sciences? How do we discover, attend to, and channel the network of ideas they help generate?

CSREA Fall Welcome Reception + Native Re-Appropriations Exhibit Opening

Monday, September 21, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Floor 3R
Please join us for a celebration of the Fall Semester and opening of CSREA's 2015-2016 art exhibit "Native Re-Appropriations: Contemporary Indigenous Artists".
About the Exhibit:
The prevailing images that we see of Native Americans ...

Haffenreffer Museum open during Gallery Night Providence

Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall
Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors. This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks ...

Haffenreffer Museum open during Gallery Night Providence

Thursday, August 20, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall
Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors. This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks ...

Haffenreffer Museum open during Gallery Night Providence

Thursday, July 16, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall
Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors. This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks ...

Haffenreffer Museum Closed for July 4th Holiday Weekend

Friday, July 03, 2015 10:00am - Sunday, July 05, 2015 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology will be closed for the duration of the July 4th holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m.

Haffenreffer Museum open during Gallery Night Providence

Thursday, June 18, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors. This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence. Gallery Night Providence Tours start from the Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and travel to 23 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites.
Guided tours begin at 5:20 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 7pm.

Haffenreffer Museum closed during exhibit installation

Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:00am - Monday, June 15, 2015 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Haffenreffer Museum will be closed during exhibit installation through Friday, June 12. We will re-open on Tuesday, June 16 at 10 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Haffenreffer Museum Closed for Exhibit Installation

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 10:25am - 4:25pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Haffenreffer Museum will be closed from Tuesday, May 26 through Wednesday, June 10 for exhibit installation. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please join us when we re-open to see our new exhibit demonstrating the use of digital technology to explore ancient Egypt.

Haffenreffer Museum Closed for Exhibit Installation

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:00am - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall
The Haffenreffer Museum will be closed from Tuesday, May 26 through Wednesday, June 10 for exhibit installation. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please join us when we re-open to see our new exhibit demonstrating the use of digital technology to ...

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

Saturday, May 23, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
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.

Haffenreffer Museum open during Gallery Night Providence

Thursday, May 21, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors. This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence. Gallery Night Providence Tours start from the Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and travel to 23 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites.
Guided tours begin at 5:20 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 7pm.

Dolores Purdy Corcoran, Richard Pearce, and Barbara Hail - Women and Ledger Art

Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
List Art Building, Room 120

In the 19th century Plains Indian warriors told stories of their heroic deeds by drawing them on pages of a ledger book. In the last forty years this form has been adapted by Native women artists to tell stories of women's lives of the past and present. Author Richard Pearce explores the history of this new form in his book Women and Ledger Art: Four Contemporary Native American Artists. In this program he will be joined in discussion by scholar Barbara A.

Haffenreffer Museum open during Gallery Night Providence

Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors. This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence. Gallery Night Providence Tours start from the Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and travel to 23 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites.
Guided tours begin at 5:20 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 7pm.

Preston Singletary - "(A) yáx áwé daa yoo tuxaatánk: This is How I'm Thinking About It" - Barbara Greenwald Memorial Arts Program

Thursday, April 02, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salomon Center, Room 001

Preston Singletary's work with glass challenges the notion that indigenous artists are only best when traditional materials are used. He has helped advocate on the behalf of all indigenous peoples through his art, connecting ancient Native styles to current modern art movements.  His artistic style continues to evolve and develop, keeping the work fresh and relevant while pushing the boundaries of the material. Hear him speak about his process, inspiration, and the new direction his work is taking. Sponsored by donors to the Barbara A.

Haffenreffer Museum open during Gallery Night Providence

Thursday, March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence, Rhode Island open their doors. This free event, which celebrates art ranging from contemporary multi-media installations to one-of-a-kind functional artworks, is called Gallery Night Providence. Gallery Night Providence Tours start from the Regency Plaza at One Regency Plaza and travel to 23 of Providence’s galleries, museums and historic sites.
Guided tours begin at 5:20 and leave every 20 minutes. The final artbus of the evening leaves at 7pm.

New Student Docent Program at the Haffenreffer Museum

Thursday, March 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall
The Haffenreffer Museum is initializing a student docent program. Docents lead tours and activities for individuals and groups of all ages in the Museum. We will have our initial meeting on Thursday, March 19 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. We will begin ...

Ruth Phillips - Aesthetic Primitivism Revisited: How the Love of Primitive Art Gave Rise to Indigenous Modernisms - Jane Powell Dwyer Lecture

Thursday, March 12, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salomon Center, Room 001

This talk, given by Ruth Phillips, Carleton University, re-examines the critical role played by the taste for primitive art in the emergence of contemporary Indigenous artistic modernisms in Australia and Canada. Using the examples of expatriate German anthropologist Leonhard Adam-- author of the widely read 1940 Penguin Primitive Art-- and the Austrian-born artist George Swinton-- influential promoter of modern Inuit sculpture-- it traces the evolution of their thinking as they came to understand the modernity of the Australian aborigines and Canadian Inuit whose arts they admired.

Haffenreffer Museum Student Group Meeting

Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Sayles Hall, Room 104
The Haffenreffer Museum Student Group is having its first major meeting of the semester in Sayles 104 at 6pm on Thursday, March 5. This semester, the group plans to take field trips to museums in the Providence and Boston areas, give members the opportunity ...

Jaune Quick-to-see Smith - A survey of contemporary Native American art - Barbara A. and Edward G. Hail Lecture

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
List Art Building, Room 120

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is a Native American contemporary artist and a member of the Flathead Nation.  She will present an overview of Native art today that looks at new media such as installation, performance, photography as well as artists who are trained in painting, sculpture and clay with a Native ideology.  She will also present a short history of her work that entails over forty years of engagement in art.  Sponsored by donors to the Barbara A. and Edward G. Hail Lecture and the Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.

Closed due to snow

Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Haffenreffer Museum is closed today due to the snow storm. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Haffenreffer Museum closed today

Tuesday, February 03, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Haffenreffer Museum is closed today. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Haffenreffer Museum closed due to storm

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall

The Haffenreffer Museum (and Brown University) is closed on Tuesday due to the blizzard. Thank you.

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).