Events: Lectures

Have you ever wondered how public humanists integrate their projects and ways of thinking into their dissertations? Come hear Micah Salkind, JNBC Interdisciplinary Opportunities Fellow and 6th year Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, discuss his fieldwork in Chicago’s house music communities, as well as his incorporation of new oral histories, existing archives, and ethnographic research into his dissertation.

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Artists Talk: Lecture by Stih and Schnock

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Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock are conceptual artists based in Berlin. In this lecture they  will introduce their working methodology, based on the collaboration between art and science, with some of their site-specific interventions as well as installations in museums, defined by them as ‘containers and carriers of memory’.

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Film Screening: Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve

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Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve tells a story about seemingly ordinary land on the southern coast of Rhode Island which proved to be the site of New England's only undisturbed Pre-Contact Period (1100-1400 AD) Native American coastal village. The Narragansett Tribe locate their origins story at this pond and land, today used for dirt biking and adjacent to a housing development and shopping center. A thirty-year battle ensued between the rights of property ownership and the social and cultural importance of preserving this early Native archaeological site.

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Notes from Doha

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While many cultural institutions in the US and Europe struggle to find funding to support programs and collections, cities in the Persian Gulf are on a tear, building up significant art collections and opening new museums at a dizzying pace. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Doha are at the front of this race, investing billions in new educational and cultural institutions that they hope will provide the foundation for a future post-oil economy.

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Sonic Delights: Adventures in Realizing Sound Art

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In the Garden of Sonic Delights is a major exhibition of sound art located throughout Westchester County, NY, including work by such noted artists as Laurie Anderson, Annea Lockwood, Trimpin, Ed Osborn, and Stephen Vitiello.

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A Cemetery’s Lament: Desecration and Responsibility along Vienna’s Gürtel

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Lunch Talk by Diane O’Donoghue, Senior Fellow for the Humanities (Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizeship and Public Service at Tufts University)

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Talking About Audience Engagement is one thing, Measuring it is Another

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Since Nina Simon published The Participatory Museum in 2010 and Anne Bergeron and Beth Tuttle released The Art & Science of Engagement in 2013, the topic of how museums and cultural institutions can engage visitors has exploded and field leaders like the IMLS have invested heavily in spurring innovations that activate participation.

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Catalyzing Newport: Collaboration for and as Public Humanities

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Talk by Elizabeth Francis, Executive Director, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; Fellow, Center for Public Humanities. 

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Race, Media, and Digital Humanities

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Join Brown American Studies alum Matt Delmont for a demo and discussion of Scalar, a multimedia web-authoring platform. Matt will talk about using Scalar to create companion websites for his book projects on American Bandstand, busing for school desegregation, and Roots, as well as ways to use Scalar for collaborative projects.

Lunch will be provided.

When it comes to conservation, climate change is the elephant in the room. Cultural heritage experts acknowledge its minor implications, from wood rot to tilting lighthouses. They call for bandaid remedies in the form of “green” restoration exemplars. But few have measured the whole elephant. Yet as Naomi Klein says, climate change changes everything. It’s even redefined cultural heritage itself. Who could have guessed, when our heritage laws were written, that carbon would one day become an even more precious heritage value than beauty or history?

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Ethical Storytelling: How to Make a Film Without Pissing Everyone Off

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Renee Tajima-Peña has filmed in diverse communities a

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Visual Documentation: Stories from the Lost Paradise

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Professor Ho will speak from an intimate perspective about Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, including the little stories, trauma and conflicts, the brutality, the Utopian villa

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Lunch talk with Yes Men

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Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos, aka Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, aka Yes Men, will talk about "Just Transition," focusing on how to get good food, a good wage, and a fossil-free campus.

Lunch will be provided. Kindly RSVP by Monday 10/12 here: http://goo.gl/forms/7G8cmhJ4oB

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Our Marathon: Reflections on The Boston Bombing Digital Archive

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Jim McGrath (Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Digital Humanities at the JNBC) will discuss his work as Project Director of 

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Bittersweet: History Meets Art in a Collaborative Exhibit

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How did two colleagues with fundamentally different approaches collaborate to create the exhibit "BitterSweet: An Old Tree Becomes a Sculpture"? Inspired by the wood of the tree, Artist Gail Whitsitt-Lynch created a sculpture, BitterSweet.

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Storytelling through Objects & the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts

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MMoAA Founder Laurelin Kruse discusses the museum as a mode of storytelling, and how going beyond the global and the local, into the deeply personal, can reveal shared meaning in our everyday lives. For more information visit www.theMMoAA.org. In addition to this lunch time talk, the MMOAA will be in Providence all week, culminating in an appearance at WaterFire, on Saturday, May 16.

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Making Colonial American Publishing Visible

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Jim Egan and Patrick Rashleigh will speak about their work visualizing the library catalog databases that serve as the foundation for Mapping Colonial Americas Publishing Project (http://cds.library.brown.edu/mapping-genres/).

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Along the Border and on the Digital Frontier: Mapping and Memorializing Violence

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From 1910 to 1920, vigilantes and Texas Rangers killed hundreds of innocent Mexicans in one of the least remembered, and yet largest episodes of racial violence and civil unrest in American history. The centennial of this peak of violence is upon us.

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Fellow's Talk: Holly Ewald of UPP Arts!

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Third Fellow’s Lunch Talk! Holly Ewald, Founder and Artistic Director of UPP Arts, formerly known as the Urban Pond Procession, will discuss the evolution of the organization’s work, which has integrated artistic practice, environmental justice, and community memory. Founded in 2007, the Urban Pond Procession originated from a mandate to make signs warning local people about the dangers of fishing and swimming in Mashapaug Pond, stemming from the site’s history of use by the Gorham Silver Manufactory.

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Public Humanities Fellows Luncheon with Christina Bevilacqua (The Providence Athenaeum)

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Christina Bevilacqua, Director of Programs and Public Engagement, founded and runs the weekly Salon Series at the Providence Athenaeum which for nearly nine years has featured guest lectures, community discussions, libations, and a revival of the salon culture that once played a pivotal role in the intellectual and cultural development of social groups, societies, and even countries.

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