Richard Bauman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Indiana University Bloomington professor and AFS member Richard Bauman has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the United States.

Bauman, distinguished professor emeritus of anthropology and folklore in the College of Arts and Sciences, is known for his theoretical and methodological contributions to the ethnographic study of language and performance. His insights have led to changes in how scholars across various disciplines understand the circulation of utterances and the construction of audiences and publics.

In 2008, the Department of Anthropology started the Bauman Distinguished Lecture Series to honor speakers who inspire others through their research in communication, media and performance.

Bauman was among 252 new members elected in the 2021 class that was announced April 22. The class includes scientists, scholars, artists and leaders in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.

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