Intersecting Identities: Power Dynamics in the Public Humanities

Attendees at Intersecting Identities: Power Dynamics in the Public Humanities:

Claims of authenticity or ownership relate to power and impact all of the work we do in the public humanities. Who owns what? Who gets to speak for whom, and when? Commemoration and representation, the use of social media, heritage, sites of conscience, public art: all of these areas of work are classed, raced and gendered and they all rely on claims to power and the propagation of dominant stories. Yet it is important to understand that even working to tell the hidden, invisible or resistance narratives can be troubled.

(Distributed March 21, 2014)

The Jenks Museum of Natural History and Anthropology

As part of the university’s 250th anniversary, a group of  Public Humanities students, faculty, and collaborators are giving new life to a piece of Brown’s history. Christened ‘The Jenks Society for Lost Museums’, the group is tracking down remaining objects, remaking specimens, and researching the Jenks Museum of Natural History and Anthropology’s history. 

(Distributed March 10, 2014)

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American Dance Legacy Initiative Mini-Fest: March 1, 2014

Rhode Island is Going Mobile

Mashapaug Pond-one of the sites that will be featured on Mobile Rhode Island:

The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities will collaborate to create a Rhode Island statewide mobile application, tentatively titled, “Mobile RI.” The appearance and format of the app will be similar to Sakonnet Historical, a mobile app developed by the Center for Public Humanities, the Tiverton Public Library, and the Little Compton Historical Society, with funding and support by RICH.

(Distributed January 31, 2014)

EMBODIED HISTORIES: American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) at the Center for Public Humanities

Student at Central Falls High School doing “Body Research” on José Limón:

Dances by American choreographers provide unique insight into American history and culture, yet Americans, historically, have not turned to dancers or dance institutions to deepen their understanding of America. In fact, as a culture, we have privileged the visual arts and the word over the performing arts, particularly dance, and turned to literature, paintings, sculpture, and artifacts to tell the story of who we are and from whence we came.

(Distributed January 23, 2014)

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What happens after Public Humanists graduate?  Watch Alumni Interviews!

Mapping 100 years of African Diasporic Arts History in Providence

Mapping Arts – Providence reveals the lives, influence, and work of black artists in Providence from the 1860s through the 1960s. The project connects the legacies of artists including painter Edward Bannister, singer Sarah Vaughan, and jazz musician James Berry, who all spent time in the city and shaped its cultural landscape. The hub of the project is a digital map with historical information and images about black artistic influence on Providence.

(Distributed December 5, 2013)
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