Conference: Destruction & Regeneration in the Public Humanities

Destruction & Regeneration in the Public Humanities is a hybrid conference, reunion, and ceremonial farewell to the Public Humanities Masters Program at Brown University as students, alumni, faculty, and community collaborators once knew it.  This online and in-person event brings stakeholders of the Public Humanities together to discuss our work, evolutions in the field, and futures of the cultural sector through presentations, panels, networking events, and creative workshops.

To make the space safe and comfortable for everyone, rapid testing and masking will be required.

In-person events will take place in and around the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage in Providence, RI. Remote participation will be scheduled directly with online participants.

Pitch your Unconference ideas, let us know how you intend to participate, and indicate any accessibility needs you may have. We are doing everything we can to make sure this conference is as attend-able as possible - including coordinating affordable lodging. We have a small budget to cover hotels and partially offset travel expenses, if needed. Register by April 16 to request monetary support or hotel accommodations.

Hotel accommodations will be at Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown, located at 58 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI.  We reserved a block of double-occupancy rooms, so attendees will share accommodations with a fellow public human.  Final list of guests for each room must be submitted to the hotel by April 19 (hard deadline set by the hotel).  Unused rooms will be released to general reservations and cannot be guaranteed.


March 30 Unconference submission deadline

April 16 Registration deadline for attendees requesting hotel accommodations and partial travel support. We cannot guarantee hotel or travel support for registrations after April 16.

April 20 Attendee registration deadline



Working Schedule*

Friday, May 12



Exhibition by current students open for visits - possible student programming forthcoming


Optional meet-up for those arriving this evening (location TBD)

TBD, Evening RE/GENERATE Exhibit Opening (Gallery).  RE/GENERATE is a series of six humanities participatory workshop series that took place during spring semester and engaged with themes of regeneration, creation, and remix. This is a collaborative, accumulating exhibition  that will include work created in the workshops.

Saturday, May 13



Breakfast at the JNBC


Community building activity


Lunch Talk by Keynote Speaker Annie Valk


Hybrid Unconference


Wine and Cheese


Dinner & Toasts

7 - 9pm


Sunday, May 14



Brunch at the JNBC


Send off to the Public Humanities MA program as we know it with a time capsule burial.



*Exact times subject to change