Public Humanities Blog

Small and Mighty: Reflections on a Tiny Team Moving the Needle

September 28, 2021

Sophie Don has been the Administrative and Operations Manager for the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation since completing her MA in Public Humanities at Brown in 2020. She has a personal passion for the mission of PHRF, as her grandparents and other family members are survivors and were involved in the 1964 memorial effort. You can reach Sophie Don at [email protected]org.

A Place Prepared: The Demolition of “Lippitt Hill”

August 30, 2021

Rai Terry is a Black queer visual scholar, audiovisual archivist, and multimedia artist. They are a 2nd year graduate student in the Public Humanities program and Fellow at the Center for Slavery and Justice. They are engaging the spaces, both physical and digital, that Black queer people occupy and adorn as reclamations of life and freedom.

It’s not about you

August 5, 2021

Julia Renaud received her MA from Brown's Public Humanities program in 2019  and decided to stay in Providence, thanks to the richness and creativity of the Rhode Island public humanities community. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

“It’s Only Art”: How Art Controversy over Cultural Appropriation and Historical Trauma Can Move Toward a More Ethical Public Humanities

May 3, 2021

Alyssa Manansala is a PhD student in the department of American Studies at Brown University. Her research interests include Asian American poetry and hybrid literary forms, Filipinx studies, postcolonial theory, performance theory, and visual/media culture. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, where she was awarded the 2018/2019 Teaching Fellowship and the 2019 REEF Artist Residency.

Toward a “Just” Memory of the Asylum

February 8, 2021

Sarah Bell is a 3rd year PhD student at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown.  Her research focuses on architecture, memory, and the visitation of abandoned spaces in both the ancient and the contemporary worlds.