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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Symbolism at Museum of Anthropology

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

poster illustration for USU Museum of Anthropology 'Symbolism' event

(illustration from Museum of Anthropology website)

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Symbolism” is the topic of the next Saturdays at the Museum activity at Utah State University and its Museum of Anthropology.

Guests are welcome Saturday, March 2, for activities during the museum’s 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours. Through the day, patrons can explore the significance of symbols around the world and their importance in culture. There will be special tours of the museum’s “Ritual and Religion in Dogon Culture” and “Status and Pride in Tribal Africa” exhibits.

Also, USU professor Doris McGonagill will present her findings on Aby Warburg, one of the first people to study symbols, at 1 p.m. in Old Main, Room 252.

“Every culture uses symbols to help communicate meaning and understanding,” said Kevin Price, a museum assistant. “Each perspective is unique and teaches us to look more closely at the world in which we live.”

In addition to the Saturdays at the Museum activity series with its 10 a.m.-4 p.m. hours, community members and USU students alike can visit the museum during its standard operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Funding for Saturday events is provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the IMLS is available online.

The USU Museum of Anthropology can be found on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building.

For more information about museum events, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website.

The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Source: Museum of Anthropology

Contact: USU Museum of Anthropology, (435) 797-7545,

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