History of the Center for Public Humanities

A Brief History

The Brown Center for Public Humanities is located in the historic Nightingale-Brown House, at the edge of the Brown University campus, at 357 Benefit Street. It was founded as the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization following the death of John Nicholas Brown in 1979, when his widow and children established an educational foundation to encourage study and research in American art, history, architecture, and historic preservation. In 1995, the Center became a part of Brown University, and in 2006 it became the headquarters of the Public Humanities program. In 2008, the Center changed its name to the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage to more accurately describe the work of the Center and the students in the Public Humanities Program.  Today, students, faculty, and staff at the Center work together to advance the field of Public humanities through scholarship, research, and public programs.

For more information about the historic Nightingale-Brown House please visit Our Historic Building.

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