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UA center launches Institute for Human Science, Culture
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Center for the History of Psychology (CHP) at the University of Akron (UA) is now home to a new multidisciplinary institute devoted to understanding historical and contemporary issues in the human sciences.
The new Institute for Human Science and Culture (IHSC), approved by UA’s Board of Trustees in May, will promote education and research in the history, preservation, documentation and interpretation of the human experience.
“The Institute of Human Science and Culture continues our commitment to offer innovative and engaging programs that promote understanding of the human condition,” said David Baker, CHP executive director.
The IHSC will incorporate educational programs and courses, special collections, exhibits and research that explore the meaning of the human experience from multiple perspectives — psychological, anthropological, artistic and historical.
The institute will house several collections that provide a look at historical understandings and portrayals of human science and culture, including the CHP Instrument and Apparatus Collection; the Cushing Memorial Library Asylum Report Collection; the Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Popular Psychology Magazine Collection; and the David P. Campbell Postcard Collection.
The public also can visit the institute’s Gallery of Human Science and Culture, where visitors can enjoy interpretative exhibits and experience objects and artifacts up close. This summer, the institute will launch an exhibit on sacred spaces that examines the architecture of places of worship and delves into the meaning of such spaces. In the fall, a second exhibit will highlight Native American ethnographic art and objects from the Jim and Vanita Oelschlager Collection.
Education and research also will play a role at the institute. In addition to offering regular workshops and public lectures, the institute plans to offer an undergraduate certificate in museum and archives studies. Students enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to work with experts from a variety of disciplines across UA. They also will get hands-on experience working with the collections at the institute.
Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.
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