Doing Public Humanities

Introducing:

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

Preface

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

Case Study: A Funeral for Fogarty / Hacking Heritage: An UnConference

Marisa Brown, Assistant Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University

Thinking through Hyperlocal History: Race, Class, and Geography

Case Studies: “Rhode Tour” and “If Jane Should Want to be Sold”

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

Public Amnesias

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