Humanities

Ethnographer Jason Baird Jackson takes us behind the scenes of IU Bloomington’s Mathers Museum and reflects on the future of museums in the 21st century.

Jacinda Townsend

March 26, 2014

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A real-life story involving a familial murder lies behind the new novel Saint Monkey, by Jacinda Townsend, assistant professor of English.

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Thirty-two faculty members from six IU campuses have been awarded grants for their projects in arts and humanities through Indiana University’s 2013-14 New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program. In 2014, New Frontiers enters its 10th year of supporting IU faculty in the arts and humanities. Initially funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. starting […]

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 Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures is one of three U.S. institutions selected to collaborate with Chinese museums as part of a three-year program organized by the American Folklore Society and the China Folklore Society and funded by the Asia Program of the Henry Luce Foundation. Beginning this year through 2016, the museum will […]

IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative will preserve historical and cultural artifacts for future generations.

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Revelations that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into Google and Yahoo data centers outside the United States worsen the crisis the U.S. government faces over its cyber-espionage activities and undermine confidence in Google and Yahoo as global communication businesses, says Indiana University Bloomington cybersecurity expert David Fidler. Through documents disclosed by former NSA contractor […]

Adrian Matejka

October 17, 2013

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Already an award-winning poet, Matejka’s new collection on boxer Jack Johnson is a finalist for the National Book Foundation’s 2013 National Book Award in Poetry.

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A fall exhibition featuring rarely seen images shot by famed Life magazine photographer Margaret Bourke-White will open Sept. 6 at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on the IU Bloomington campus. The exhibition will remain on display  through December. In 2014, it will travel to the Bensusan Museum of Photography, Museum Africa, in Johannesburg, South […]

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Not so long ago, most Americans were wary of yoga, meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic ,and similar practices. Today, complementary and alternative medicine has become so commonplace that many Americans — even evangelical Christians — might be surprised to learn that such practices have close ties to Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, or Western metaphysical religious traditions. Candy Gunther […]

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H. Wayne Storey

June 12, 2013

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Using 21st-century technologies, H. Wayne Storey and John Walsh are recreating the 14th-century poet Petrach’s famous sonnets, as Petrarch meant them to be.