Public Humanities Blog

We are all complicit

July 2, 2020

Breylan Naajeeyistláa Martin is a second-year student in the Public Humanities MA program where she is also the graduate fellow at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She shares this think piece and her opinions with you out of a great passion for the cause and because she values thoughtful exchanges.


We are all complicit. So what?

Brown University sits on the treasured and invaluable land of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples.

Letter from the Director

July 1, 2020

Dear Students, Alumni, Colleagues, Fellows, Partners, and Friends of the JNBC,

NEIGHBORHOOD AIR: Rethinking community engagement during a world crisis

June 29, 2020

Six months into my graduate program - and my new life - in Providence, I found myself, like much of the rest of the world, disoriented, helpless, and trapped in my house. How am I supposed to engage with public humanities in a time of social distancing? Most of the opportunities for safely connecting in creative and empowering ways are now digital and elected officials were suggesting courses of action that are confusing at best.

Doodles at a Distance: Journaling, Instagram, and Self Worth in the Time of COVID-19

June 8, 2020

Anyone who has attempted to hop on the bullet journal train

Transcription, Or the Perfect Public Humanities Project for the Quarantined Hermit

May 19, 2020

Read something. Type the words into a text box. That’s it. Transcription of materials in historical archives is a straight-forward and simple task anyone can do for a number of institutions, and from home. During this time of absolute uncertainty it feels great to be able to genuinely contribute to something, with minimal effort required.