Seven Rules for Public Humanists

If we want the humanities to be more than academic—if we want them to make a difference in the world—we need to change the way we work. We need to rethink some of the traditional assumptions of the humanities. I suggest here seven rules of thumb for doing public humanities.

(Distributed August 29, 2014)

Call for Faculty Fellows in Public Humanities

The Center for Public Humanities at Brown University announces a Faculty and Community Fellowship Program.  Brown faculty and community leaders in the arts and humanities will serve one year terms at the Center.  Faculty members interested in innovative methods for presenting their research to the public; those conducting research in collaboration with community organizations; and/or faculty seeking to incorporate public engagement in their courses will find support through the fellowship program.  Culture workers from the non-profit community can use their fellowship to purs

(Distributed August 11, 2014)

Gallery Night: Bringing Guantánamo Home

Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:00pm - 8:00pm

>> OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details

Where can Guantánamo  be found in United States culture and politics? How do migration, security, refuge, and human rights affect our communities in Rhode Island?

As part of September’s Gallery Night Providence, drop by the University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein gallery in downtown Providence to see the exhibit “Bringing  Guantánamo Home”, meet photographer Mary Beth Meehan and students from the International Chater School and learn more about their work shown in the exhibit.


Guantánamo Teach-In

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7:00pm - 8:30pm

List Art 110

Why does the US military have a base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and why is it so hard to close? Why has Guantánamo become a locus of conversation around issues of migration, security, refuge, and human rights? After brief presentations by professors and students, we will have small group discussions to explore these questions and others.  


Panel Discussion - Who is a Refugee? What makes a Refuge? RI Stories of Immigrants and Refugees

Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00pm

>> OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details

Join us for a public forum and discussion on the stories, struggles, and successes of immigrant and refugee populations in Rhode Island.

The panel concludes a month of programming organized the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, which explores the history of the United States’ use of GTMO to house immigrants and refugees, as well as its post-9/11 use as a prison for suspected terrorists.


Photographing GTMO and the Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Nightingale-Brown House

Artist's Lecture: Since 2005, Christopher Sims has been making photographs within fictitious Iraqi and Afghan villages on the training grounds of U.S. military bases as well as photographing daily life at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. A former photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, he is the Undergraduate Education Director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Jihad Lamp, Fort Polk, Louisiana. 2006. Photograph by Christopher Sims

The Practicum, In Practice

The public humanities program emphasizes the relationship of theory and practice. Rather than writing a thesis, students undertake two practicums where we connect knowledge learned in the classroom to practice in a professional setting, and reflect critically on these experiences with our academic peers. Practicums allow us to enhance our skills as well as to connect to the field.

(Distributed July 10, 2014)
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