Reflecting Change: City. Plaza. People.

Since its creation in 1848 as City Hall Park, Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence has undergone continuous, rapid, and significant change.  It has served as a transportation hub for horses, carriages, trolleys, and buses. Buildings have been built up, torn down, abandoned and renovated. Audiences have watched Houdini perform feats of magic, John F. Kennedy speak, and the aerial performers of Bandaloop dance on the side of a building.

(Distributed June 17, 2013)

My Travels at Brown

Franklin Odo, reflects on his month in residence as a senior fellow in Public Humanities at Brown.  


A residency at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage has included several distinct albeit interconnected journeys all in the space of a single month, April 2013.

(Distributed April 24, 2013)

Expanding access to arts and humanities opportunities for Providence children

On Thursday, April 25, The Center for Public Humanities is co-sponsoring the 2013 Senator Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanities, titled, Now is the Time!: Expanding Access to Arts Opportunities in the Creative Capital.    

A panel conversation features experts from Hartford, the Bronx, and Boston, who will discuss how their respective initiatives have made great strides in redressing the decline of arts and humanities opportunities for urban children and young people.  

(Distributed April 23, 2013)

History on the go

What do Rhode Island’s official state bird, a Revolutionary War Battle, and kitschy 1970s comedian and game show stalwart Charles Nelson Reilly have in common? Their stories will be included on a new mobile smartphone application called Sakonnet Historical, developed through collaboration between the Tiverton Public Library, the Little Compton Historical Society, and students from the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities.

(Distributed April 5, 2013)

A Day in the Life of a Public Humanities Professional

As one of the people who help to run the public humanities M.A. program, I am frequently asked "what do your graduates do?"  Whether responding to prospective students, faculty, or staff at local organizations, answering this question gives me a way to talk about the fascinating and varied ways that public humanities alumni are putting their degree to work in the world.  Six cohorts of students – about 75 in all -- have completed the M.A.

(Distributed March 27, 2013)

Digital storytelling in the Digital Scholarship Lab

Using new technologies in digital scholarship involves constant negotiation.  Scholars must select technologies that are fit for their purposes.  But their understanding of purpose hinges upon grasping the affordances of the technologies they might use.  In other words, scholars cannot know what their purposes might be until they understand the affordances of the technologies they might use.

(Distributed March 19, 2013)

Building a Dance-literate Public

American Dance Legacy Initiative’s Mini-Fest opens on Friday night, March 15th, at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.  This event is ADLI’s annual opportunity to gather together its wide-ranging community of dancers, educators, and advocates to celebrate a year’s worth of accomplishments, and to share our work with the public in our local community here in Rhode Island.

(Distributed March 11, 2013)
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