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Past Conferences

  • Mar
    9:30am - 3:30pm

    Fifth Annual Hacking Heritage Unconference

    Silver Lake Community Center, 529 Plainfield Street, Providence, RI

    Hacking Heritage is a participant-led unconference that is open to anyone with an interest in exploring questions about community history, heritage and preservation together.

    This year, Hacking Heritage is moving off of Brown’s campus into Silver Lake. We encourage session discussions related to Silver Lake’s past, present and future — but propose a discussion about a topic that interests you whether it’s related to Silver Lake or not. And think outside of the box: sessions don’t need to follow any format. They can be discussions, but they can also be a space for collaboration on a new project with new partners, a community art-making workshop, or a group walk. It’s a great format for all kinds of participation, and you don’t have to propose anything to come.

    Learn more, register and propose a session on the event website:

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  • Apr

    Recordings of all sessions from the Inheritance Symposium are available on  YouTube (Inheritance Symposium Playlist)

    Inheritance brings together activists, curators, educators, tribal leaders, artists, historians, heritage workers, and policy makers to explore the range of strategies that institutions and communities are using to respond to contentious representations of race, Indigenous lifeways and history in public art and architecture. Over two days on Zoom, speakers from the US, UK and Canada will offer first-hand accounts of initiatives and actions that resulted in the removal, reinterpretation, or recontextualization of public and commemorative artworks, heritage sites and museum collections, while others will present on efforts to protect and preserve sites that have been ignored or under-resourced. We are in the midst of a reckoning, as communities seek to reshape how (and whose) history is told and commemorated in public space. This may entail radical changes to the art that hangs on our walls, the monuments in our public squares, and the stories that are told at historic sites as the public landscape that we have inherited continues to evolve.

    This symposium, organized by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, includes a mix of online and in-person events and opportunities over four days. In-person events at the Public Humanities Center include an artist’s talk and participatory performance with Haus of Glitter on Wednesday, April 27; an exhibition opening for Jazzmen Lee-Johnson’s Not Never More on Thursday, April 28; and an Unconference on Saturday, April 30. The symposium takes place on Zoom on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29, with opportunities for audience conversation during breakout sessions at the end of each day. Please check the Program page for a detailed schedule of events.

    The symposium and all associated events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Inheritance is made possible through a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.


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  • Please join us for a celebration of Jazzmen Lee-Johnson’s Not Never More (2022), a site-specific art installation on the ground floor of the Center for Public Humanities. Read more about the exhibition here.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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  • Apr
    9:30am - 1:00pm

    Inheritance Unconference

    Nightingale-Brown House

    Following two days of presentations and breakout conversations on Zoom, the in-person Unconference offers participants to continue conversations, collaborative thinking and project planning in an open-ended format. The Unconference takes place at the Center for Public Humanities. There will be three sessions, with opportunities for participants to submit session ideas twice throughout the morning.

    An unconference is a participant-led day of conversations, collaborative thinking and collaborative doing. Session ideas all come directly from participants — you. Never been to an unconference before? Read about how it works here.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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