Events

Museums and the Public Humanities: A Panel Discussion (at CAHI)
Friday, September 5; 10-11:30 a.m.
Museum directors and curators will explore current and future prospects for public humanities work in museums of ethnography and cultural history during this free public panel discussion. The panelists will discuss digital humanities, the changing status of curation, and career preparation. Panelists will include C. Kurt Dewhurst (Director of Arts and Cultural Initiatives, Michigan State University, Marin Hanson (Curator, International Quilt Study Center and Museum), Jason Jackson (Director, Mathers Museum of World Cultures), Jon Kay (Director, Traditional Arts Indiana), Marsha MacDowell (Curator of Folk Arts, Michigan State University Museum), and Mary Worrall (Curator of Cultural Heritage, Michigan State University Museum). This event is presented in conjunction with a CAHI-sponsored "Global Midwest" workshop.


Exhibition Opening--State of an Art: Women's Wall Painting in Ghana
Friday, September 5; 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Student curator Brittany Sheldon will open her exhibit and present a talk on "State of an Art: Contemporary Ghanaian Bambelse." A reception will follow.


National Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off Reception
Monday, September 15; 4-6 p.m.


Lotus in the Park (at Waldron, Hill, Buskirk Park)
Saturday, September 20; Noon-5 p.m.
Join the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in celebrating music and crafts from around the world. This year we'll make masks, kazoos, and harmonicas to take home, and painting "houses" in the Ghananian style known as Bambelse as part of a community art project.


Speaking of Food--The Real Homeland Security: Sustaining the People and Places of Local Food
Friday, October 3; Noon
Jennifer Meta Robinson, a Professor of Practice in Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington, will speak about the current popularity of local food across the nation and the innovative developments in the Bloomington area for making local food available to local consumers. She will address the idea that a food system, however, is not a one-way conduit from fields to tables but a reciprocal relationship-economic, social, and place-based-that invites those who enjoy eating local food to help secure the lives of those who grow it. Using photos and life stories of small farmers in Southern Indiana, she will focus on the major challenges that growers face in providing local food and how customers can strengthen local food systems in our area. Speaking of Food is a lecture series presented in conjunction with, and sponsored by, Themester 2014's "Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science," an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Speaking of Food--"Your Grandmother Relied on Guess-work": Fear, Technology, and Authoritative Knowledge in Home Canning Discourse
Friday, October 17; Noon
Danille Christensen, from Ohio State University's Center for Folklore Studies, and an IU alumna, will speak on her upcoming book, Freedom from Want, a cultural history on "how and why some home canning has been promoted by individuals with diverse agendas in the 20th century United States." Speaking of Food is a lecture series presented in conjunction with, and sponsored by, Themester 2014's "Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science," an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Speaking of Food--Acai:From Local to Global
Friday, October 24; Noon
Eduardo Brondizio, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington, and Andrea Siqueira, Visiting Lecturer in International Studies Program at Indiana University Bloomington, will discuss their work surrounding the acai berry (both are serving as curators of Acai: From Local to Global). Their presentation will describe the continuing role of the acai berry for the Caboclo people of Brazil, building upon their research into acai's global market expansion, and how that expansion is affecting the forest farmers who grow and supply the fruit. Speaking of Food is a lecture series presented in conjunction with, and sponsored by, Themester 2014's "Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science," an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

Halloween Family Fun Fest--Monsters
Sunday, October 26; 2-4 p.m.
Come learn about monsters from around the world and then make your own to take home.


Speaking of Food--Coffee
Friday, October 31; Noon
Catherine Tucker, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington, will speak about her research on coffee and the environment. Her studies "focus on coffee farmers' adaptations to market volatility and environmental change in western Honduras, and aim to understand what adaptations appear to be most promising and sustainable for coffee producers and the natural environment." Speaking of Food is a lecture series presented in conjunction with, and sponsored by, Themester 2014's "Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science," an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.


Family Craft Day--Making Music
Sunday, November 16; 2-3:30 p.m.
Make kazoos, harmonicas, drums, and other instruments out of household objects. Come join us for this fun, and sustainable, event. Bring an empty soda or water bottle to make your own maraca.


WinterFest--Creating Cookbooks and Other Gifts
Sunday, December 7; 2-3:30 p.m.
Bring your favorite recipes and we'll help you turn them into a special cookbook to be given as a gift this holiday season. While you are here we'll also work on other gift-worthy crafts.