Please contact Public Humanities Student Ambassadors if you are interested in a students' perspective on the MA program and what the public humanities means to them and their professional goals. The Ambassadors can also assist prospective students or general visitors with logistics for campus visits.
Jasmine Chu, Public Humanities MA Student (Jasmine_Chu@brown.edu)
I am a public historian, educator, and lover of all things imaginative. Prior to Brown, I studied History and French Literature at the University of California San Diego. My first foray into the professional world was at a local bar and music venue, which ignited my desire to work in a creative field. I began volunteering in the beautiful museums of Balboa Park, and accepted a position as the School and Public Programs Coordinator at the San Diego Museum of Man. Through the amazing community I found in the park, I also had the pleasure of serving as a board member of the San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals. These opportunities allowed me to design and implement programs that both engaged with the public and supported connections within the local non-profit sector. I am passionate about alternative methods of storytelling, identity building, social justice, and empathetic human connections fostered by fun, wild, powerful programming. In my studies, I specifically want to dig into the shifting boundaries between “normal” and “abnormal” from the Enlightenment onwards. Moving forward, I hope to curate spaces that engage with communities to contextualize history and inspire change.
Ryan Saglio, Public Humanities MA Student (Ryan_Saglio@brown.edu)
I am a Rhode Island native who graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with my BA in English and Art History. While in school, my research focused on the ethical, aesthetic, and technical aspects of conservation and display of ancient antiquities. My research spawned an interest in how ideas and information spread through various types of communication and how we, as the public, perceive it. I am also fascinated by the concepts of originality and uniqueness and how our perception of them, change our view of the world. For the past five years, I have worked with children and adults with developmental delays and helped them learn to access their communities. I have learned that most community spaces are not as accessible to that population as we might think. Often spaces are limiting both physically and intellectually. My goal here at Brown is to expand not only my research and interest in communication and reception but to work to make public spaces more inclusive for all types of people. I hope to take these interests and experiences and become a museum educator. Art and culture has always been a passion and I hope to take the insights I have gained and make museums more accessible for all.