Public Humanities & Ways of Knowing
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
8:00am - 4:00pm
The Public Humanities & Ways of Knowing is the culminating project of students enrolled in AMST1540, Public Humanities: History, Theory & Practice--the first undergraduate-focused course on public humanities at Brown--as well as a constitutive event for the inaugural Day of Public Humanities on Tuesday, May 9th.
In the bulk of their coursework, this class aimed, in their formulation, to "de-center Brown in the imagined local knowledge economy" of Providence. Researching and learning from institutions around the city, and learning from each other's work through the course of the class, the cohort became interested in the institutional bases of knowledge production--how knowledge is produced, valued, and credited in different organizational settings. For their final project, they decided to take this topic up directly, at the university itself. The public-facing interventions of their project, The Public Humanities & Ways of Knowing, stem from the shared questions with which they leave the course. Their methods, including a facilitated conversation/listening project, and an "unmanned" participatory installation, are consistent with contemporary trends in the professional practice of public humanities.
Without further ado, the events!:
Reflections on Alternative Knowledges
Take a half-hour study break and join Liliana Sampedro and Sarah Cooke for a facilitated, open conversation on alternative knowledges we've learned outside the classroom. This might involve thinking about ways to take care of oneself, considering the everyday advice we might give or receive, and thinking back to how our lived experiences interact with our present day selves. RSVP by signing up for individual or group discussion slots. Chocolates and cookies provided!
A Note to a Former Self
Stop by the station on the main green to send a piece of advice or knowledge to the you that first entered the Brown community, whether that was several weeks, months, or years ago. Consider the knowledge you have gained both in and out of class about Providence, Brown, your communities, and yourself. Curated by Adele Anderson, Julia Bianchi, and Kaya Hill.
Other public humanistic endeavors may find you by chance!