Exhibition

Opening reception: Bringing Guantánamo Home

Lecture

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)

When Endings are Also Beginnings: Fare thee well Annie Valk!

At the end of the July, Deputy Director, Anne Valk will be leaving Brown and the Center for Public Humanities for Williams College, where she will be leading public humanities initiatives through a multi-disciplinary appointment.  Annie has shaped the Brown Center in the most profound ways. Outgoing director, Steve Lubar hired Annie seven years ago and he vividly remembers a quality Annie mentioned during her interview: “I am a collaborator. I believe in collaboration.”

(Distributed June 25, 2014)

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project comes to Washington DC

Since 2012, a group of undergraduate and graduate students from Brown have joined teams from 14 other universities as well as hundreds who served, lived, and were held at GTMO in a process of unearthing and exploring its hidden histories.

The result is the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, an internationally traveling exhibit of surprising stories, images, and documents from before 9-11 and after, as well as dialogues on why GTMO's past matters today. We are thrilled to be hosting the exhibit in Providence from September 2 – 30, 2014.

(Distributed June 17, 2014)

IMAGINING WATERWAYS IN A POST-INDUSTRIAL CITY at “Deindustrialization and Its Aftermath: Industry, Class, and Resistance,” Concordia University

Deindustrialization Conference Program:

Background
“Oral History and Community Memory,” co-taught by Anne Valk and Holly Ewald, teaches both theory and practice. Students research the history of an area, interviewing people who spent time there. And then they use the archive of interviews to teach others, creating interactive exhibits and tours that reveal Providence’s history and spaces through the stories of those who lived here. 

(Distributed June 6, 2014)

Reviving a Neighborhood

"The area is not there for me to remember . . . It's almost like losing one of your peers."

June Simmons-McRae spoke in reverent tones of her childhood neighborhood of West Elmwood during a recent oral history interview. Once a vibrant neighborhood, West Elmwood was demolished in the early 1960s as part of Providence’s urban renewal movement. The Huntington Industrial Park was built in its place. Today, the neighborhood only lives on in the memories of former residents and the bonds that many friends still share.

(Distributed May 5, 2014)

A "Handy House" for Student Consultants: Teaching History in a Local House Museum

The Cadman-White-Handy House, Westport, Massachusetts.:

The Westport (Massachusetts) Historical Society asked for our help with their newly acquired 1710 Cadman-White-Handy House. How might they use it as “a cultural hub around which the community can reconnect to its heritage”?

Students in the “Shrine, House, or Home: Rethinking the House Museum Paradigm” course took on the challenge. Molly Kerker, a student in the Public Humanities MA program, was a member of that class. I asked her about this experience.

What was the most challenging aspect of coming up with a plan to interpret the Handy House?

(Distributed April 10, 2014)

How to succeed in Public Humanities

Atticks '11 with Sculptor Larry Egan:

Archivists, arts administrators, art teachers, communications managers, consultants, cultural planners, curators, development writers, interpretive guides, marketing coordinators, museum curators and educators, nonprofit business managers, oyster farmers.

Education, interpretation, research, and administration.

Cities, historic sites, museums, parks, and universities.

(Distributed April 2, 2014)
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