Richard Bauman

November 17, 2016

Bauman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of folklore and ethnomusicology, is recognized for his great intellectual contributions to anthropology and to IU.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a $194,685 grant to Indiana University researchers to study the professional training that scholars receive related to understanding, appreciating and complying with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The human rights legislation, enacted by Congress in 1990, establishes the rights of federally recognized U.S. tribes to reclaim […]

Building 3D museums

May 13, 2014

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Libraries, newspapers, classrooms — everything is supposedly going digital. Some say that’s a bad thing; but Stacie King, associate professor in IU Bloomington’s Department of Anthropology, has a pretty good argument for why museums should go digital, too. King, a faculty curator for the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, received funding from the IU Bloomington […]

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 Indiana University, in collaboration with Montana State University and the University of Greenland, is conducting a three-year, $1.5 million National Science Foundation-funded study of the biological, cultural, and environmental challenges facing an Arctic population. Like many coastal and modernizing communities worldwide, northern Greenlanders are confronted by a changing climate, demographic shifts, and global economic forces […]

Supporting new science

August 12, 2013

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A group of young anthropology researchers takes its research to the public through a crowd-funding website designed specifically for supporting new science.


Strange bedfellows

July 16, 2013

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They tangled together in a 250 million-year-old burrow: the sleeping, cat-size mammal forerunner Thrinaxodon liorhinus and the slightly smaller amphibian Broomistega putterilli that crawled in after, suffering from labored breathing caused by fractures on seven ribs. Indiana University Bloomington anthropologists have now helped solve the mystery of these ancient strange bedfellows. An international team of scientists […]


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Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures marks its 50th anniversary this month with a new exhibition and a series of free programs  The “Treasures of the Mathers Museum” exhibition opens Sunday, April 28. As its name suggests, the exhibition is an overview of the breadth of the museum’s collections. “While it’s a celebration of the museum’s […]


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Jason Jackson, associate professor of folklore at Indiana University Bloomington, has been named the new director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. He is the Mathers’ third director. With the appointment, Jackson comes full circle, having worked at the museum during his first year of graduate school at IU, studying cultural anthropology and folklore. […]


If you’re a Downton Abbey fan (and yes, we are legion), you know that the Grantham family is in turmoil, their aristocratic privilege threatened by financial disaster. Still, it seems unlikely that their lavish  lifestyle will be too much affected. We Americans will just have to wait for Season 3 to unfold to know the […]


Mintzi Martinez-Rivera

November 9, 2012

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Pursuing a dual Ph.D. in anthropology and folklore, Mintzi Martinez-Rivera studies how young people are redefining the meanings of ‘traditional.'”