Susan Smulyan, editor, Doing Public Humanities, Routledge, forthcoming
Faculty, post-docs, students, and practitioners at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, are writing Doing Public Humanities, a book that illustrates the theories and methods of public humanities in nine essays, each featuring a case study.
- We are committed to a public humanities practice that works for social justice and that explores the intersectionalities of race, class, gender and sexualities.
- We care about process as well as product and work collaboratively beyond the campus confines, locally, nationally, and internationally.
- We have come to our understanding of the field through courses and projects with students in our Masters in Public Humanities program and with PhD students in our top ranked American Studies department.
The case studies in Doing Public Humanities range across the cultural landscape from disruptive events to websites; from tours to exhibits; from after school arts programs to archives; providing a wide-ranging look at the practice of public humanities. These essays allow scholar-practitioners to consider the meaning of this community-based work and its importance to universities.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Matthew Jacobson, William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History, Yale University
The Rise of the Public Humanists
Case Study: Day of Public Humanities
Robyn Schroeder, Director of Humanities in the Public Good, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
What can Public Humanities Learn from Public Art?
Case Study: New Urban Arts and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University
Susan Smulyan, Professor, American Studies; Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University
Digital Contexts for Public Humanities: Accessibility, Collaboration, and Audience Engagement
Case Study: Teaching Digital Public Humanities with the Public Library
James McGrath, Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Public Humanities, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University
A New Cultural Heritage Practice
Marisa Brown, Assistant Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University
Thinking through Hyperlocal History: Race, Class, and Geography
Ronald Potvin, Assistant Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University
Marjorie O’Toole, Executive Director, Little Compton Historical Society, Little Compton, Rhode Island
Case Study: What Readers Matter? Challenging the Disappearance of the Branch Library in Boston’s Chinese Neighborhood
Diane O’Donoghue, Director, Program for Public Humanities and Senior Fellow for the Humanities, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
Doing Public Art in a Neo-Liberal Age
Case Study: The Rosa Parks House Project
Anthony Bogues, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory; Inaugural Director, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University
Shana Weinberg, Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University
Maiyah Gamble- Rivers, Manager of Programs & Outreach, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University
Racial Forgetting and History in the Present
Case Study: Remembering Massacres in Texas Historical Markers
Monica Martinez, Stanley J. Bernstein '65 P'02 Assistant Professor of American Studies, Brown University
Against Invisibility: Preserving Asian American Photographs
Case Study: Building Visual and Public Archives of Chinese American Family Albums
Robert G. Lee, Associate Professor, American Studies, Brown University