Repatriating “Ñusta” to the People of Bolivia

Returning to her Eternal Home: Repatriating Ñusta to the People of Bolivia

In his February 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the recent repatriation to Bolivia of “Ñusta” the 500-year-old mummified ancestral remains of a young girl, after her 129 year-long sojourn in the MSU Museum collections. What lessons does “Ñusta” and her long journey have for us, as

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MSU Museum to Return Bolivian Mummy

SPECIAL CEREMONY SET FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 IN WASHINGTON D.C. The human remains of a young Bolivian girl, recently given the honorary title of Ñusta meaning princess in the indigenous language off Aymara will be heading home soon after a 129 year stay at Michigan State University. A special ceremony

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Teal Ribbon tied around a tree on the campus of MSU to support sexual assault survivors

MSU Museum Partners With The Army of Survivors To Launch Speaker Series On Effects Of Sexual Violence

The Michigan State University Museum and The Army of Survivors have partnered to launch a roundtable discussion series to raise awareness and provide education on the effects of sexual violence. The series will kick off on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Four sessions will be held at the MSU Museum and

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Silk-based Butterfly Dress created by Alexandra Bourque

Butterflies are Good to Think: Healing Partnerships with the Sister Survivors

In his January 2019 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander considers the deepening partnership between the Museum and the sister survivors and allies associated with the vast sexual abuse crisis that has been centered on MSU. Emerging out of the teal ribbon conservation project, described in the August 2018 Director’s

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A New Interactive StoryWalk Opens at MSU Museum

A new interactive StoryWalk is available on the second floor at the MSU Museum. It features the book, “Because of an Acorn” by Lola Schaefer. The StoryWalk is a collaboration between East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) and the Museum. “StoryWalks are a wonderful way of putting a fun, interactive twist

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The 1920 Christmas Number for The Graphic, featuring a drawing by R. Higgins

Masks for the Holidays: Mystery and the Regeneration of Life

In his December 2018 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on the Museum’s collections as he considers the curious symbolism of masks used during the holiday season, from Halloween masks, to the masked figure of Santa Claus, to New Year’s masquerades. Speculatively, Auslander proposes an anthropological interpretation of the

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Give Green Day

Give Green Day

On Tuesday, November 27, Spartans near and far will come together to make a better tomorrow. Give Green Day is a chance to give back and make a difference to impact current and future Spartans. Support the MSU Museum by donating to the mini-museum classroom on Give Green Day. MSU

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CALIPSO, a joint mission between NASA and the French space agency, CNES, provides new insight into the role that clouds and atmospheric aerosols (airborne particles) play in regulating Earth’s weather, climate, and air quality. (image courtesy NASA's Golbal Climate Change website)

Bringing Climate Change Home: Science on a Sphere and the World of Objects

In this November 2018 letter, MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander considers how NOAA’s Science on a Sphere system, scheduled to arrive at the Museum in late 2019, could be combined with physical objects in the Museum collections to illustrate the history and future effects of global climate change. What new

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Docents at the MSU Museum

MSU Museum Seeks Docents for Education, Visitor Services

The MSU Museum is recruiting docents to help visitors get the most out of their visits. Docents greet groups, conduct tours, and lead educational activities that add to the visitor experience and increase awareness of collections and exhibitions. Successful docents should be enthusiastic, flexible, curious and able to work with

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Aerial view of Michael Heizer, This Equals That, 1976–1980, State Capital Complex, Lansing, Michigan, commissioned by the state of Michigan. Photograph by Balthazar Korab.

This Equals That: Revisiting the Problem of “Equivalence”

In his October 2018 letter MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander reflects on conversations about bringing Michael Heizer’s legendary art work, “This Equals That,” out of long term storage, to be restored and reconstructed somewhere in the Greater Lansing area. Long considered one of the nation’s preeminent monumental sculptures, “This Equals

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