When I entered Brown’s Anthropology PhD program in 2003, I had no intention of interning at the Haffenreffer Museum (nor knowledge of the museum’s existence), but when the opportunity presented itself, I thrilled to it. I enjoy being around old things, exploring fashion far and wide, and holding objects in my hands while imagining their provenience. My first task at the Museum fit this bill – I worked alone in the quiet, dimly lit gallery, labeling and archiving a collection of Latin American textiles. I sewed tiny labels onto each article of clothing, taking care not to disturb the fabric’s warp and weft. Here I nurtured an affinity for material culture that I later parlayed into curatorial fellowships at Temple University’s Center for the Humanities and Northwestern University’s Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies.
The 2017 academic year marks the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s 60th anniversary with Brown University.
"Sixty at 60" brings together people whose lives have intersected across six decades through their involvement with the Haffenreffer Museum.
Their reflections will provide insights into the ways academic museums transform lives, inspire discoveries, and provide space for new conversations within and beyond the university.
- Douglas Veltre – Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage January 16, 2018
- Dr. Barry R. Bainton, ‘63/64 – Applied Anthropologist (retired) August 17, 2017
- Theo Koda – Anthropology concentrator and Museum Intern, Brown University ‘17.5 August 11, 2017
- Hannah Sisk, AB‘13 Archaeology August 2, 2017
- Professor William Simmons (Part II) – Professor of Anthropology, Brown University July 20, 2017
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