Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS)

Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS) is a bi-weekly yearlong seminar that meets on Friday afternoons in Schwartz 103 (except where noted below). The series includes anthropology colloquia presented by invited guests and Brandeis anthropology faculty, alternating with workshops, reading groups and presentations by graduate students. See the schedule.

Students interested in material culture studies from both an archaeological or ethnographic perspectives may also take courses offered through the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE), a Boston-area consortium, based at MIT and composed of faculty from the host institution as well as from Brandeis, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University, UMass Boston and Wellesley College.

Material Culture Study Center

The department has curatorial responsibility for a teaching collection of art and artifacts from Africa, Asia, Australia, the American Southwest, Mesoamerica, the Near East, South America and Oceania — all available for student research. The center has a digital camera, lighting equipment, a computer and scanner, storage cabinets and a 1,000-volume research library. A rotating selection of objects is on display at the department.

Research Consultant Program

Visiting research scholars and professors emeriti are available for student consultations. This program is not intended as a substitute for the help and advice available from departmental professors, but rather to provide students with access to anthropologists having special interests that augment those of the teaching staff. The program is research-oriented and open to graduate students preparing to undertake dissertation research and undergraduates intending to write an honors thesis or do independent study.

To schedule an appointment, send the name of the person you wish to consult, along with a very brief description of the topic you wish to discuss, to

The social-science collections of the university are housed in Goldfarb and Farber libraries. These materials are accessible at the library and through an online catalog system, Library OneSearch. The library has facilities for users to do computerized searches of bibliographic databases such as the Social Science Index, the MLA Index and other periodical indices. The Interlibrary Loan Office provides books or photocopies of materials not owned by the university.

Brandeis is a member of the Boston Library Consortium, an association of 20 academic and research libraries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. A collection of anthropology books and journals donated by the late Robert Manners is housed in the Graduate Study Room.