Letter from the Director

Welcome to the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University!

This year we are busy with interesting courses, great lunch talks, exciting conferences, amazing projects, and several out of town field trips. We are deepening and extending a range of collaborations locally, nationally, and

In the fall, we hosted the first conference bringing together organizations from around the country all of whom use the open source software, Curatescape, to develop locally based tours. The Center partners with Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Historical Society in RhodeTour (an app you can download if you’re interested!) based on Curatescape. In the spring, we focus on our annual unconference, “Hacking Heritage” that has spun off many new projects.

We have several new adjunct faculty members teaching new classes, including Rick Ring from the Rhode Island Historical Society; Roger Mandle, on the 21st century museum; Christina Dawkins, a prison reform advocate teaching on prison education as public humanities as part of our continuing interest in the nascent Brown Incarceration Initiative; and Elizabeth Francis, executive director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities teaching on philanthropy. Students and faculty will travel to New Bedford, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong.

New projects include renewed outreach to prospective students and alumni; continuing conversations about an undergraduate component to Public Humanities; a revitalization of our website and blog: and several writing projects
and grant applications.

Please explore our website and think about how you can join in our projects!

Susan Smulyan
Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
Professor, American Studies