MA Program Ambassadors

Please contact the students below if you are interested in a students' perspective on the MA program and what the Public Humanities means to them and their professional goals.  The Ambassadors can also assist prospective students or general visitors with logistics for campus visits.

Maiyah Gamble Rivers, Second-Year MA in Public Humanities Candidate
(Interests: Storytelling via the Arts, issues of Black identity)
Coming to the Public Humanities program with a degree in Art History, I have found the perfect platform that will allow my passion for the arts and interest in Black culture/identity to merge as one. Through the Fellowship for the Study of the Public History of Slavery I hope to delve into the realm of self-discovery using the arts to explore issues of Black identity, community, and storytelling. History continues to provide a singular perspective on what it means to be Black in America. As a woman of color I believe it is critical that people of color have a more comprehensive understanding of their history. I find the arts to be the most beautiful forms of resistance. Through the arts people of color can continue to write themselves back into history. 

Kara Noto, First-Year MA in Public Humanities Candidate
Kara brings to the program considerable experience in public affairs and community outreach at the city, university and federal level. Having spent time behind the desk at the the National Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard, Kara finds beauty in bureaucracy, untangling red tape and turning ideas into things. She emphasizes her passion for building a more interdisciplinary capacity for public outreach, and for using public humanities tools to create a more engaged agency in public life. Kara is a proud Coast Guard spouse, Michigander, Redditor, outdoorsperson, and dog mom living in and exploring coastal Connecticut.

Reya Sehgal, Second-Year MA in Public Humanities Candidate
(interests: Interdisciplinarity, Performance, Public Art)
As an artist and praxis-oriented scholar, my interests vary greatly: architectural history, performance theory, temporary public art, rhetorics of diversity, collaborative educational strategies, interdisciplinary methodologies...the list could go on. Brown's Public Humanities program excited (and continues to excite!) me because of its flexible structure and practical focus; at Brown, I can choose-my-own educational adventure and seek collaborative opportunities campus-wide. Having designed my own major (Postcolonial Urbanism) as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, I was drawn to the program's versatility and emphasis on interdisciplinarity, allowing me to combine and remix my interests in new and experimental ways. I'm a performer, one of the DIVERSITY FELLOWS!, and am eager to create a more symbiotic relationship between my performance work, my academic interests, and my curating/research/writing/teaching. While at Brown, I hope to center my coursework, projects, and on-the-job learning around the following goals: to assert the vitality of the arts through responsively and responsibly working with various publics; to illuminate identity-making languages and practices on individual, community, institutional, and geographic levels; to rethink institutional hierarchies in the arts/humanities world in order to create innovative forms of public practice; to reframe discourses around diversity (its possibility and its problems); and to use performance as a tactic to both interrogate and enliven Public Humanities work. I am thrilled to be the David Winton Bell Gallery's Curatorial Assistant and look forward to finding new ways of participating in the Providence arts scene during my time at Brown.

Katie Vogel, First-Year MA in Public Humanities
I want to study how to create environments that encourage the learning of the widest possible range of people. I am particularly interested in how to make learning about history and literature through museums and community centers more relatable to young people. For the past four years, I have worked with high school students in college access. I have also worked with students and the public as an educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, facilitating discussions on immigration stories of the past and present. My dream for the not-so-distant future is to open a bookstore that focuses on providing a space for community engagement.

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