Events

Upcoming

  • How can a historic house to see our our communities and our nation through fresh eyes, to question what we take for granted, and to image the possibility of a different—better—world?  At the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center we use our historic resources to examine our communities and ourselves, to make visible the structures and beliefs that enforce inequality, and to draw energy and inspiration from the beauty that surrounds us. First among these resources are Stowe’s house and Stowe’s story. Both are incredibly rich in their contemporary relevance—racism, religion, the power of the written word, and women’s experiences are just a few of the themes they engage.

    Briann G. Greenfield (MA’96, PhD’02) is Executive Director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, an innovative historic house museum that promotes vibrant discussion of Stowe’s life and work and inspires commitment to social justice and positive change. From 2014 to June 2018, Dr. Greenfield, was Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Previously, Dr. Greenfield was Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University where she administered the department’s Public History Program and taught broadly across the curriculum. Dr. Greenfield received her M.A. in Museum Studies and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University. She is the author of Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009).

    History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Humanities
  • Tea Shop is an autonomous, interactive space that has a simple motto (translated into English): “Free to use by all (in cost and content). No red tape, no exclusion, and no power bill (we use solar energy).” Outside the reach of state censure, this in-progress project uses social sculpture to implicitly engage issues of land-use planning, neocolonialism and listening that is specific to the concerns of those in Yangon using it to creatively express themselves.

    Erik DeLuca, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Multimedia 

Past Events

Art in the City: The Practices of Procedural Public Art

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Lecture Room

Did you know there are over 400 contemporary artworks in the city of New York’s public art collection? Where and how are these pieces situated? What is the process for artist selection, and artwork development, approval, and installation? Reina Shibata will discuss NYC’s public art processes, and what it takes to realize projects in the public realm.

Reina Shibata, MA’10, Deputy Director, Percent for Art, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Black Labor at the Nightingale-Brown House

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Lecture Room

Radical Inclusion and Creativity: Working for Museum Innovation

Center for Public Humanities
, Lecture Room
Like many creatives, Sage’s career has not followed a well-established, linear trajectory. Rather, she has had to make her way along the sometimes thorny path of her own design. Her last three jobs were created for and by her, and sparked innovations, spurred new partnerships and resulted in the inclusion of young people who are too often excluded from universities and museums. Sage’s presentation is a poetic interpretation of her public cultural humanity work through the creative lens of equity.

Black Gotham Experience presents The Origin Stories Tour with Kamau Ware

Center for Public Humanities
, Lecture Room

Lectures

Global Mass Incarceration: A Human Rights Crisis

Center for Public Humanities
, Lecture Room

Mass incarceration is not only a problem in the United States. The globalization of mass incarceration presents unique challenges and opportunities for those working to combat the discriminatory practice of locking up certain populations in mass. This talk explores incarceration, genocide, and the U.S. racial history of incarceration during the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

Undergraduate Public Humanities Interest Lunch

Center for Public Humanities
, Lecture Room

Are you an undergraduate student interested in the public humanities?

Come join Susan Smulyan, Director of the Center for Public Humanities, and other students for an informal lunch to discuss a new potential Public Humanities track in the American and Ethnic Studies concentrations.

Share your insight on new curricular options for undergrads and how you can engage with public humanities opportunities at Brown.

Kabob & Curry will be served!

RSVP by Tues 11/6 @ http://bit.ly/ph_lunch_nov8

Lectures

How to Make the Revolution Irresistible: Everyday Stories at the National Public Housing Museum

Center for Public Humanities
, Lecture Room
Lectures

Visualizing Precarious Lives in “Torn Apart / Separados”

Center for Public Humanities
, Lecture Room

How can digital humanities be used to respond rapidly to humanitarian crises? What are the considerations for undertaking this work with vulnerable communities? This talk examines these questions throughTorn Apart / Separados, a digital humanities project that used data storytelling to respond to the United States’ government’s “zero tolerance” and family separation immigration policies. 

Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University.

Exhibitions

Unfinished Business: The Long Civil Rights Movement Exhibition and Reception

Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice
, Carriage House Gallery

Lectures

Young Visitors to Shanghai’s New Art Museum

Center for Public Humanities
, Lecture Room