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Arielle Julia Brown: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesArielle Julia Brown: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesAs a graduate fellow with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, I am interested in exploring how cultural institutions and arts initiatives can inspire social justice and community engagement through the presentation of work by artists from Africa and the Diaspora.  I began my career at 7stages theatre in Atlanta, Ga where I first became interested in how art and performance can instigate civic dialogue. Radical performance experiences in Jamaica, Senegal and East Africa have greatly shaped my aesthetic and social interests as a cultural producer, theatre practitioner and curator. After returning from a transformative trip to Rwanda in 2010, I founded The Love Balm Project, a workshop series and performance based on the testimonies of women of color who have lost children to systemic violence. The Love Balm Project has been developed at cultural institutions throughout the SF Bay Area and in Atlanta. Other impactful experiences include work with Theatre Without Borders, SF Emerging Arts Professionals and The Encuentro Mellon Artistic Leadership Fellowship with the Los Angeles Theatre Center. I received my B.A. in theatre from Pomona College in 2011.
Leah Burgin: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesLeah Burgin: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesCultural heritage sites fascinate me. Currently, I am most interested by how meaningful access to places, objects, and stories from the past has the potential to shape a person's perspectives on important issues, both historical and contemporary. As an MA candidate, I hope to learn how to better craft meaningful connections between people and heritage sites through education and interpretation. I bring experience from institutions including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, the National Park Service, and the United States Capitol, among others. 
Sarah Dylla: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesSarah Dylla: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesMy interests lie in presenting meaningful stories of history and cultural heritage to the public. Prior to entering Brown University, I worked at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, Virgin Islands National Park, St. Thomas Historical Trust, and Savannah Music Festival, creating digital and traditional site interpretation aids, researching histories and landscapes, and writing cultural programming grants, respectively. Through these experiences, I gained an appreciation for how historic sites and cultural organizations cultivate connected and informed communities, creating shared experiences with heritage and safeguarding distinctive aspects of both natural and cultural environments. In the Public Humanities program, I intend to explore new ways to tell the stories of sites and objects of historical and cultural interest, integrating subject matter ranging from environmental studies to the humanities and utilizing digital technologies to make interpretations more powerful and relevant for today’s audiences.
Barbara Elmúdesi: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesBarbara Elmúdesi: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesI come from a southern island of Chile and I’m interested in promoting the value of the local cultures and cultural hertiage, decentralizing both [from Santiago]. Also, I’m concerned with the creation of spaces where children can establish a relationship with these topics. I have been working on youth engagement and other cultural heritage research at the Chile’s National Library, where I was in charge of a program called “Chile para Niños” (Chile for Children).
Tyler French: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesTyler French: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesArts and humanities organizations should be attentive to, held accountable by, and enmeshed in the lives of the community members they serve. I believe the arts are a vehicle through which we can learn about ourselves, each other, and our relation with each scale of community in which we participate. Every community member should have access to the arts, to spaces for sharing our commonalities without diminishing our differences. I hope to create, foster, and allow these spaces for sharing through cultural policy work, community participatory design, and critical dialogue between artists and the communities in which they live. At Brown I will explore the question of how arts and humanities can be central and attentive to the needs and resources of a community and equitable to all within that community, while awakening interest in, inspiring response for, and paying witness to social inequity.

Maiyah Gamble-Rivers: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesMaiyah Gamble-Rivers: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesComing 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, and that is to be direct descendants of slaves. As a woman of color I believe it is critical that people of color have a more comprehensive understanding of our history. I find the arts to be the most beautiful forms of resistance. Through the arts people of color continue to write themselves back into history.  CONTACT ME! I'm a Program Ambassador.

Diane Garvey: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesDiane Garvey: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesMy passion for arts and cultural organizations has brought me to the public humanities graduate program at Brown. I am particularly interested in studying the intersections between art, culture, and business and am excited to use the Humanities as a lens through which to explore this space. By merging fields of study I believe we can get a broader, deeper, and more nuanced understanding of how to lead or create successful and responsible organizations and businesses.
Nicole Larrondo: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesNicole Larrondo: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesFor the past 4 years I've been working on several cultural heritage projects in remote sectors of my country, Chile. Developing heritage scholarship in these rural communities has helped strengthen their importance and value as keepers of cultures and traditions long gone, thereby structuring a strong case to the government and the private sector to protect, preserve, provide access, and develop further these sites. In the Public Humanities program I'm searching for tools to help rural communities reconstruct their past through oral history and visual interpretation (interviews, photographs, and drawings amongst others) which will help to preserve their (and our) local community identity for future generations.
Andrea Ledesma: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesAndrea Ledesma: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesI always love a good story. As a public historian, I constantly find myself drawn to the characters and themes of the past, as well as exploring how these experiences resonate with contemporary communities and issues. At the same time, I am intrigued by the ways in which we share these stories with others. Technology only moves forward, and with it comes an exciting array of means for retelling—or rather reinventing—history. So as an MA candidate, I will study the intersections between history, technology, and the public narrative in order to create exhibits that are as enriching as they are collaborative. With previous experiences at the National Archives and Newseum in Washington, DC, I know that museums possess the unique power to educate, inspire, and challenge its audiences. And so, I hope that the spaces I create will not only inform and entertain visitors, but also help them understand that they are both a product and producer of a shared history.
Liz Malone: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesLiz Malone: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesWhile earning my B.S. in Urban Studies from Worcester State University, I have always been fascinated in studying people and their connection to community and how their education molds that unique relationship. We learn through peoples’ individual and collective stories and connecting those stories to policy and practice within cultural and educational institutions. In my three short years working at Brown University, I have learned that this institution thrives on building and maintaining community. My interests involve learning how cultural and educational institutions, such as Brown, connect and relay information in effective methods to their community and beyond.
Robin Ness: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesRobin Ness: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesI am interested in linking the past and present through art, and in the conjunction of contemporary artistic practice with cultural heritage sites. Working with artists, art, and historic sites in the urban harbor areas of Providence and Gothenburg to revitalize the past through creative practice, will be central to my activities within the program. The MA in Public Humanities degree will accent my BFA degree from Rhode Island School of Design, inform my work in Digital Production Services at Brown, and will expand my professional and artistic opportunities in creating, interpreting, preserving, and transmitting the cultural heritage record.

Eduardo Robles: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesEduardo Robles: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesI’m interested in the counter-hegemonic potential of culture and cultural production, its ability to unite and educate interethnic communities to challenge systematic inequalities that emerge with globalization.  I earned a BA in History from UC Santa Cruz in 2007, then during The Great Recession I was literati and diffuse, living in complex urban centers like Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Paris.  Now, if aesthetics is contemplation and ethics action, I’m joining Brown’s Public Humanities program intent on obtaining a practicum at a cultural organization engaged in creative egalitarianism.  I wish to acquire professional skills in project management and learn effective cultural policy (applicability rather than rhetorical) while researching the entanglements of race discourse in public history and material culture studies.     

Jess Schlosser Smith: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesJess Schlosser Smith: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesI’m thrilled to have the opportunity to step back and look at cultural programming and public engagement from a broader perspective. My interests include community collaborations, socially engaged artwork, leadership and strategy, residency programs, and creative economic development.
Reya Sehgal: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesReya Sehgal: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesI am deeply interested in performances of diversity and multiculturalism in the public sphere, from neighborhood branding initiatives to museum exhibitions to the increasingly documented and mediated performances of self in everyday life. Having worked in "the art world" for several years, I feel that there is a pressing need to restructure our institutions to represent, serve, and engage diverse publics in responsive and responsible ways. Accordingly, I hope to study institutions and their environments—built, social, auditory, historical—to better understand the confluences between place-making and identity-making and the opportunities for radical change. As an artist, I seek to learn more about the curation and creation of public performance, the transformative possibilities of para-/institutional collaboration, and the challenges to identitarian and disciplinary hierarchies in the contemporary art world. CONTACT ME! I'm a Program Ambassador.
Caroline Nye Stevens: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesCaroline Nye Stevens: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesAs a program manager, architectural guide, and independent blogger, I have spent the past several years exploring ways of bringing Chicago’s diverse architectural landscape and vibrant history to life for others by opening doors to its buildings and telling the stories of its neighborhoods. I aspire to expand my knowledge of architectural history to a national and international scale, and engage with the latest practices that would allow me to best share my enthusiasm for the built environment in the public realm. 
Katie Vogel: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesKatie Vogel: MA Candidate in Public HumanitiesI 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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