Events

Public and community programs are an important part of the Center for Public Humanities’ DNA.  Our lunch talk series, Public Humanities Now: New Voices, New Directions, invites a range of innovators in the Public Humanities to share their work each semester over lunch in the Lecture Room.  In the fall of 2021, we are launching a new series Conversations at JNBC with (mostly) local writers, thinkers, architects, composers, and artists. Conversations will be held weekly on Thursday evenings.  Our conferences, workshops, and exhibitions chart new directions in the field.  It goes without saying that so much of the value of these events is tied to togetherness. 

Please scroll down to see the lunch talk and conversations schedule for this semester.  In addition, you will find many resources throughout our website that may be enjoyed digitally.   

  • Our digital projects  page has links to a digital tour of our departmental home (the Nightingale-Brown House), to Public Work: A Public Humanities Podcast, and to Rhode Tour, a mobile and web app on historic and cultural sites in Rhode Island. 
  • We record all of our conferences! Our Conferences page has information about past events with links to the Center for Public Humanities' YouTube channel, where we post video of all of the presentations. 
  • Black Labor in the Making of the Nightingale-Brown House, by Joanne Melish, traces the history of black labor in the Center's departmental home on Benefit Street.  
  • The Public Humanities Blog has it all: it’s informative and fun, and features posts from many of our students, alumni, faculty, and fellows. 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Sep
    29
    All Day

    Exhibition: Not Never More

    Nightingale-Brown House

    Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord: Artists Respond (2021-2023) is an artist residency inviting two Rhode Island-based artists, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson and Deborah Spears Moorehead, to create site-specific artworks that respond to the Center for Public Humanities’ historic wallpaper, Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord.

    Jazzmen Lee-Johnson’s residency culminates in Not Never More, a series of prints installed in the Center for Public Humanities from April 28 – September 30, 2022.

    Artist’s Statement: We inhabit our histories. We feel the pains of the past, we clang in its echoes, feel its residue caked up on our skin. History’s traumas have been perpetually erected in monuments, embedded in street names, stone walled in woodlands, hung, stacked, and plastered in architecture. Not Never More is my gut reaction and visual response to confronting such an architecture—the problematic 19th century French wallpaper Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord (The Views of North America), created in 1834 by Jean-Julien Deltil. This wallpaper adorns the foyer and staircase of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage which is situated in the historic Nightingale-Brown House. Deltil’s wallpaper obfuscates colonialism, genocide, capitalism, and slavery, in its romanticized idyllic nostalgic imagery. My response, Not Never More, is a textile print/quilt installation that remixes, conceals, reveals, and warps this historically fraught and imperialist imagery into layers of possibility, braggadocio, pessimism, blunt historical moments of shame/ contradiction, dance, and critical optimism.

    Deborah Spears Moorehead’s artwork will be installed at the Center for Public Humanities in October 2022.

    Gallery Hours:

    May and September: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    June – August by appointment. To schedule: call 401-863-1177 or email [email protected].

    Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Open for Gallery Night Providence: Thursdays, May 19, June 16, and July 21 from 5-8 p.m.

    Closing Reception: Thursday, September 15, 5-8 p.m.

    JNBC Exhibitions
  • Sep
    29
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Jordan Seaberry

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today: Jordan Seaberry is a painter, organizer, legislative advocate and educator, and serves as Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a people-powered nonprofit agency. He will discuss his work with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), an organization born out of the belief that the transformative power of arts and culture can spark a grassroots movement capable of creating a world rooted in empathy, equity and social imagination.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Sep
    30
    5:30pm

    Holly Shaffer Book Launch

    Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

    Join Molly Aitken, Chair and Associate Professor of Art History, CUNY, and Shahzad Bashir, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities and History at Brown University, in a discussion about Holly Shaffer’s new book, Grafted Arts: Art Making and Taking in the Struggle for Western India, 1760-1910.

    Holly Shaffer is Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture at Brown University. Her work focuses on the art and architecture of Britain and South Asia.

    Arts, Performance, History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Humanities
  • Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord: Artists Respond (2021-2022) is an artist residency inviting two Rhode Island-based artists, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson and Deborah Spears Moorehead, to create site-specific artworks that respond to the Center for Public Humanities’ historic wallpaper, Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord.

    Deborah Spears Moorehead’s residency culminates in Perceptions of Organizational Change, through a Kaleidoscopic Lexicon of Color installed in the Center for Public Humanities from October 6 - December, 2022. In her work, Spears Moorehead draws on her Seaconke, Pokanoket and Wampanoag ancestry as she responds with four large panels to the inaccurate and false depictions of Indigenous people in the 1835 French wallpaper Vues de l’Amerique du Nord at the JNBC.

    Jazzmen Lee-Johnson’s artistic response, Not Never More, that was on view April 28 – September 30, 2022.

    Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m.

    Open for Gallery Night Providence: Thursday, October 20 and Thursday, November 17.

    JNBC Exhibitions
  • Oct
    6

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today, artist Deborah Spears Moorehead will discuss her new work Perceptions of Organizational Change, through a Kaleidoscopic Lexicon of Color, a site-specific artistic response to the problematic wallpaper Les Vues d’Amerique du Nordin the main hallway of the Nightingale-Brown House.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Oct
    13
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Bob Dilworth

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today, Bob Dilworth, visual artist and Professor Emeritus, University of Rhode Island, will discuss his ongoing attempts to locate and interpret matters of blackness in his artwork during a time of social and political change.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Oct
    20
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Nirva LaFortune

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today: Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Councilwoman and candidate for Mayor of Providence will discuss her time in City Council and what it means to be from Providence and be an elected official.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Oct
    27
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Renee Ater

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today: Renee Ater, former Professor of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland and current Provost Visiting Associate Professor in Africana Studies at Brown University, will speak about her work at the intersection of race, monument building, and public space.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Nov
    3
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Kent Kleinman

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today: Kent Kleinman, Faculty Director of the Brown Arts Institute, will talk about the mission of the Brown Arts Institute as an incubator for interdisciplinary coursework, creative practices, and research in the arts.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Nov
    10
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: H. Jack Martin

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today: H. Jack Martin, Executive Director of the Providence Public Library, has been working in public libraries since the age of thirteen when his mom volunteered him to work at the Cornelia Public Library in Georgia. He will discuss how Providence Public Library has transformed itself into a 21st century, free, open-source learning university for the public.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Nov
    17
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Andrew Raftery

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today: Andrew Raftery is an artist and Professor of Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design. His recent work explores French scenic wallpaper and Chinese wallpaper displayed in museums and domestic interiors. He will present a portfolio of drawings and watercolors.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Dec
    1

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today: Historian and filmmaker Claire Andrade-Watkins, Ph.D., a second-generation Cape Verdean American, chronicles the legacy and ‘lived’ memory of the Fox Point community where she was born and raised. She will be in conversation with a little girl who asked her neighbor, “Why do you still have your house, and we don’t?” Dr. Andrade-Watkins is Professor of Media and Africana Studies, MILAIS, Emerson College, and Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Dec
    8
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Dietrich Neumann

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today: Dietrich Neumann, Director of the JNBC, will speak about the past and future of Public Humanities and the transformative power of public art.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures

Past Events

  • Artist Talk
    Sep
    23
    4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Racial Slavery, Marronage, and Freedom: Artist Talk

    Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman St, Providence, RI

    Join artists Edouard Duval-Carrié, Jess Hill, and Rénold Laurent featured in the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice’s 10th anniversary retrospective exhibition Racial Slavery, Marronage, and Freedom in a discussion about the exhibition, their creative processes, and their connections to the Center. The artist talk will be followed by a reception in the CSSJ gallery at 94 Waterman St., 02912.

    Edouard Duval-Carrié is a multidisciplinary artist and curator based in Miami, Florida. Born and raised in Haiti, Duval-Carrié fled the regime of “Papa Doc” Duvalier as a teenager and subsequently resided in locales as diverse as Puerto Rico, New York, Montreal, Paris, and Miami. His works address the complexities of the Caribbean and its diaspora. He has exhibited in major museums, art institutions, and galleries in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Some of his exhibitions are: The Art of Embedded Histories (2019); Decolonizing Refinement (2018-19); Mémoires Encastrées/Memory Windows (2018). Duval-Carrié’s work was recently shown at the fifteenth edition of documenta, a prestigious international exhibition held in Kassel (2022). In 2018, Duval-Carrié was the inaugural recipient of The Ellie’s Michael Richards Award, given to a Miami-based artist who has cultivated an original practice over a long period of time. He has collaborated with the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice on several exhibition projects.


    Jess Hill received her BFA in Printmaking, with a minor in Art History, at the University of West Georgia. She is a recipient of the 2017 Emerging Artist Residence from the Atlanta Printmakers Studio and was the Heimark Artist in Residence at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice in 2018. She has been a part of several group exhibitions across the United States. Jess Hill is a mother of three beautiful children. She is currently living and working in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was also born and raised. Her work focuses on how we view each other through the prisms of race and gender. She explores and celebrates the differences among the human race.
    Other themes that appear in her work include class, religion, and cultural patterns. She uses printmaking and mixed media methods in expressing her art form. Her ultimate goal is to dismantle the barriers and institutions that allow human beings to believe they are separate from each other so we can truly embrace each other’s differences.


    Rénold Laurent was born in Source Bretoux, a village at the foot of the Marbial Valley—a few kilometers from the city of Jacmel, Haiti. At the age of ten he began to draw and paint under the direction of his father, Maccène Laurent. Soon he abandoned the style of his father and began to create new perspectives and techniques in his paintings, eventually settling on abstraction as his mode of visual communication. He views abstract painting as the most expressive means to explore the extraordinary powers of the imagination. He has collaborated with several cultural institutions in Haiti including the Haitian Art Museum in Port-au-Prince. In 2019, he was the Heimark Artist in Residence at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice. His work has been exhibited several times in Haiti and in other countries.

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Arts, Performance, Graduate School, Postgraduate Education, History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Humanities, Identity, Culture, Inclusion, Social Sciences, Student Clubs, Organizations & Activities
  • This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today, f amed Rhode Island arts patron & nephrologist Dr. Joseph Chazan, illustrator and founder of BIG NAZO LAB, Erminio Pinque, and writer and playwright Lenny Schwartz will discuss their involvement in creating “Chazan! Unfiltered”, an innovative locally produced graphic novel chronicling the life adventures of Dr. Chazan and his connections to the Arts and Medical communities.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Sep
    21

    Cristobal Gnecco is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Universidad del Cauca in Colombia. His research interests include the political economy of archaeology, discourses on the other, geopolitics of knowledge, and ethnographies of heritage.

    History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Humanities, Identity, Culture, Inclusion, International, Global Engagement, Research
  • Sep
    21
    5:30pm

    Marisa Bass, “The Monument’s End”

    List Art Building

    Marisa Anne Bass is a Professor in the History of Art at Yale University, where she teaches early modern art with a focus on the creative and intellectual culture of northern Europe. She thinks often in her research about how individuals have used art to find grounding in times of political, spiritual, and cultural upheaval, or to make sense of circumstances that otherwise defy explanation. Her latest book The Monument’s End: Public Art and the Modern Republic (forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2023) asks whether the making of monuments is ever compatible with the making of a modern republic. In it, Bass explores the tension between individual commemoration and the collective aspiration toward liberty in monumental experiments from the Dutch Republic to the present. She is the author of two prior monographs with Princeton University Press: Jan Gossart and the Invention of Netherlandish Antiquity (2016) and Insect Artifice: Nature and Art in the Dutch Revolt (2019), winner of the 2020 Bainton Prize from the Sixteenth Century Society for the best book in art and music history. She has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. In 2021, she was named the inaugural Guggenheim Fellow in Early Modern Studies.

  • Sep
    15
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Jazzmen Lee-Johnson

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today, artist Jazzmen Lee-Johnson will discuss her work Not Never More: On remixing and redecorating a history. Join a conversation and walk through Jazzmen Lee-Johnson’s creative response to the problematic wallpaper Les Vues d’Amerique du Nord.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Poster - Atmospheric Violence
    Sep
    15
    4:30pm

    Eyal Weizman ─ Atmospheric Violence

    Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

    Eyal Weizman will speak about cities, warfare, neo-colonization, and apartheid, not by focusing on built structures but on the air that moves through cities. Airborne toxins, like the colored smoke in a wind tunnel, highlight the dynamics of power and control that we must pay more attention to. Tear gas is deployed to disperse bodies gathering in democratic protest, white phosphorus, and chlorine gas to spread terror in cities, aerial herbicides to destroy arable land and ruin livelihoods, and the smoke rising from large-scale arson to eradicate forests for industrial plantations. Toxic clouds colonize the air we breathe across different scales and durations, from urban squares to continents, unique incidents to epochal latencies.

  • Sep
    8
    6:30pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Darrell Petit

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting.

    Today, artist Darrell Petit creates monumental sculptures of granite for public commissions and private collections throughout the world. He will speak about two recent site integrated sculpture projects - Eventat One Dalton, Boston and Standing Stonesin Cambridge, MA.

    The Conversations Series is co-sponsored by the Herbert H. Goldberger Lectureships Fund.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Apr
    30
    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.

    JNBC Conferences
  • 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.

    JNBC Conferences, JNBC Exhibitions, JNBC Performances
  • Apr
    28
    All Day

    Exhibition: Not Never More

    Nightingale-Brown House

    Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord: Artists Respond (2021-2023) is an artist residency inviting two Rhode Island-based artists, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson and Deborah Spears Moorehead, to create site-specific artworks that respond to the Center for Public Humanities’ historic wallpaper, Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord.

    Jazzmen Lee-Johnson’s residency culminates in Not Never More, a series of prints installed in the Center for Public Humanities from April 28 – September 30, 2022.

    Artist’s Statement: We inhabit our histories. We feel the pains of the past, we clang in its echoes, feel its residue caked up on our skin. History’s traumas have been perpetually erected in monuments, embedded in street names, stone walled in woodlands, hung, stacked, and plastered in architecture. Not Never More is my gut reaction and visual response to confronting such an architecture—the problematic 19th century French wallpaper Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord (The Views of North America), created in 1834 by Jean-Julien Deltil. This wallpaper adorns the foyer and staircase of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage which is situated in the historic Nightingale-Brown House. Deltil’s wallpaper obfuscates colonialism, genocide, capitalism, and slavery, in its romanticized idyllic nostalgic imagery. My response, Not Never More, is a textile print/quilt installation that remixes, conceals, reveals, and warps this historically fraught and imperialist imagery into layers of possibility, braggadocio, pessimism, blunt historical moments of shame/ contradiction, dance, and critical optimism.

    Deborah Spears Moorehead’s artwork will be installed at the Center for Public Humanities in October 2022.

    Gallery Hours:

    May and September: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    June – August by appointment. To schedule: call 401-863-1177 or email [email protected].

    Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Open for Gallery Night Providence: Thursdays, May 19, June 16, and July 21 from 5-8 p.m.

    Closing Reception: Thursday, September 15, 5-8 p.m.

    JNBC Exhibitions
  • Apr
    28

    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.

    REGISTER HERE

    JNBC Conferences
  • Apr
    27
    5:30pm - 7:00pm

    QTPOC Liberation Lawn Party!

    Nightingale-Brown House

    The Haus of Glitter Dance Company has spent the last 2 years living + healing + creating in the former home of Esek Hopkins, commander of the slavery ship “Sally”, hired by the Brown brothers of Brown University. Join The Haus of Glitter for a Artist Talk + Lawn Party + Protest Demonstration that celebrates Queer Feminist BIPOC led historic intervention and our beloved intersectional cultures of dance, music and creative community. Come strut the runway with us! Music by DJ Sita (Haus of Glitter) + Food and Beverages provided!

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

    JNBC Performances
  • Apr
    21
    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Barnaby Evans

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting. 

    Today: Barnaby Evans, artist, urban consultant, and creator of WaterFire, will talk about his work creating artworks involving large scale, urban interventions and site-specific installations that serve to catalyze broad citizen involvement in transformational change for their communities.

    The Conversations Series is funded by the Marshall Woods Lectureship Foundation of the Fine Arts.

    *All individuals – regardless of vaccination status – must wear masks indoors, unless in a private, non-shared space or when actively eating. In addition, social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained when unmasked. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Event attendees, including visitors and guests, must comply with all COVID-19 University policies and protocols in place at the time of the event.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Apr
    21
    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    J. Carter Brown Lecture: Doreen Adengo

    List Art Building

    Doreen Adengo, AIA, is Principal of Adengo Architecture, LLC in Kampala.

    Adengo is an architect and the founder of Adengo Architecture in Kampala, Uganda. She has taught studio courses at The New School for Social Research and Pratt Institute, and worked previously for Adjaye Associates. Her firm’s recent work in Uganda includes the design of affordable housing, schools, and a mobile medical clinic that incorporate ecologically sensitive elements such as solar panels and water harvesting capabilities. Adengo is the Conservation Architect on the Uganda Museum, a 1940s modernist building selected for a Getty conservation grant in 2020, and is an expert on modernist architecture in Africa. Adengo’s presentation will discuss architecture in post-colonial Kampala.

    Adengo will present on Zoom. Link will be posted soon. Limited seating will be available in List 120.

    This event is sponsored by The Pritzker Foundation’s J. Carter Brown Memorial Lecture Fund at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Speaker: Rebecca Hernandez, PhD, Community Archivist, and Teresa Mora, Head of Special Collections & Archives, University of California at Santa Cruz Libraries

    Talk description: coming soon.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Apr
    18

    Digital media have afforded artists and archivists the ability to document and record at previously unimaginable levels. Yet despite its purportedly infinite storage capacity, the virtual world is also a precarious site for storage and documentation, one where users face the paradox of permanence and impermanence simultaneously. Domains are sold. Links rot. Servers crash. Sharks eat undersea cables. In many ways, the constraints and affordances of physical forms of documentation have been reproduced through the advent of digital record keeping.

    This event offers a set of questions about the role of documentation in the digital age, from practices of accountability to community building and the intersections thereof. The capacities and constraints of virtual and physical documentation will be interrogated, from audio-visual archiving to 3D printing to publishing and printing as an archival process. Join us for a panel featuring the work and insights of artists and archivists Regina Longo, Paul Soulellis, and Rosalie Yu, who have actively engaged these challenging questions.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Apr
    14
    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Gina Borromeo and Jan Howard

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting. 

    Today: RISD Museum curators, Jan Howard and Gina Borromeo, will share the RISD Museum’s process for deaccessioning a bronze head of an oba from Benin in preparation for its return to Nigeria.

    The Conversations Series is funded by the Marshall Woods Lectureship Foundation of the Fine Arts.

    *All individuals – regardless of vaccination status – must wear masks indoors, unless in a private, non-shared space or when actively eating. In addition, social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained when unmasked. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Event attendees, including visitors and guests, must comply with all COVID-19 University policies and protocols in place at the time of the event.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and headquartered at the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Solutions, the Crafting Democratic Futures project brings together nine university partners, each tasked with leading a local effort to devise a racial reparations plan for their area. This talk will lay out the project in Newark, New Jersey, where Rutgers faculty, staff, and students have engaged multiple community organizations in an effort to imagine a reparations plan that both aligns with national and state-level efforts and is uniquely meaningful to the specific place from which it grows.

    Mark Krasovic is an associate professor of history and American studies at Rutgers University-Newark, where he is currently the lead PI on a Mellon-funded project devising a racial reparations plan for Newark. He also works on two local archives projects and is writing a book on community arts and cultural programs funded by Great Society-era initiatives like the War on Poverty and Model Cities.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Apr
    7
    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Camilo Viveiros

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting. 

    Today: Camilo Viveiros, Executive Director at The George Wiley Center, the longest running community organizing group in Rhode Island, will talk about the organization’s work and its focus on challenging systems of oppression and making policy changes around many of today’s social issues.

    The Conversations Series is funded by the Marshall Woods Lectureship Foundation of the Fine Arts.

    *All individuals – regardless of vaccination status – must wear masks indoors, unless in a private, non-shared space or when actively eating. In addition, social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained when unmasked. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Event attendees, including visitors and guests, must comply with all COVID-19 University policies and protocols in place at the time of the event.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Apr
    7
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Embodied Archiving: Oral History as a Social Practice

    Nightingale-Brown House

    Amy Starecheski, Director, Oral History MA Program, Columbia University.

    Oral histories are social. They must be used, discussed, and remembered in order to stay alive; they can easily die in institutional archives. How can we curate oral histories in ways that connect them to places and people, creating embodied archives and social networks of oral history caretakers?

    Introduction and moderator: Caroline Cunfer

    JNBC Lectures
  • Students: Come learn about the Columbia University’s Oral History MA program with the program’s director Amy Starecheski. Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts Program is the first program of its kind in the United States: a one-year interdisciplinary MA degree training students in oral history method and theory. Through the creation, archiving and analysis of individual, community and institutional histories, they amplify the critical first-person narratives that constitute memory for generations to come. Light refreshments will be provided.

    JNBC Workshops
  • Apr
    5

    Philip Jodidio, born in New Jersey, graduated from Harvard in 1976 and moved the same year to Paris, where in 1980 he became the Editor-in-Chief of the art monthly Connaissance des Arts, at the time the largest circulation monthly art magazine in France. He began to write books about contemporary architecture in 1993 and left the magazine to pursue writing and editing as a full-time occupation in 2002. He is the author and/or editor of over 150 books for publishers such as Taschen, Rizzoli, Thames & Hudson and others, mostly about contemporary architecture. He has also been the editor of several scholarly books on historic Muslim cities published by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. He is currently a resident of Lausanne, Switzerland.

    In his talk, Philip Jodidio will discuss the new architecture of Qatar.

    This lecture is sponsored by the Pritzker Foundation’s J. Carter Brown Memorial Lecture Fund.

    Free and open to the public.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Mar
    24
    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting. 

    Today: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, visual artist and Professor of Photography at the University of Rhode Island, will present her visual work on the politically complicated role of the 2.5 million South Asians who “volunteered” for their British colonial power during World War II.

    The Conversations Series is funded by the Marshall Woods Lectureship Foundation of the Fine Arts.

    *All individuals – regardless of vaccination status – must wear masks indoors, unless in a private, non-shared space or when actively eating. In addition, social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained when unmasked. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Event attendees, including visitors and guests, must comply with all COVID-19 University policies and protocols in place at the time of the event.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Mar
    24

    Primary sources—the materials of which archives and special collections are made—are the building blocks of evidence and storytelling. In this talk, I’ll describe how the Public Knowledge program at the Mellon Foundation is supporting co-creator approaches to archives, helping to cultivate multivocal narratives, and rethinking aspects of technology and infrastructure development.

    Patricia Hswe is the Program Officer for Public Knowledge at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which she joined in 2016. As the Foundation’s program area that supports libraries, archives, and university presses, Public Knowledge makes grants that strive to increase equitable access to—and activation of—recorded knowledge that helps to build an informed, heterogeneous, and civically engaged society. Before joining The Mellon Foundation, Patricia worked at the Penn State University Libraries and at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Mar
    22
    7:00pm - 8:30pm

    Public Humanities Lab / Sonic-Scapes, Session 4

    Nightingale-Brown House

    A weekly series of listening sessions where participants will come to the session with one sonic recording that relates to that week’s theme. As a group, we will listen to the selected sounds and discuss. Registration is required and curator will communicate with registrants regarding the weekly theme. Curator: Ariel Lynch

    Register for Session 4: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/263131863487

    This series is a part of the Public Humanities Lab at the Center for Public Humanities, where Public Humanities graduate students curate exhibitions and public programs that probe questions about art, memory, heritage, culture and sensation.  

    JNBC Exhibitions
  • Mar
    17
    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Conversations at the JNBC: Avery Willis Hoffman

    Nightingale-Brown House

    This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting. 

    Today: Avery Willis Hoffman, Artistic Director of the Brown Arts Institute, will explore the challenges (and opportunities) of launching a new institute for the arts during a turbulent pandemic era.

    The Conversations Series is funded by the Marshall Woods Lectureship Foundation of the Fine Arts.

    *All individuals – regardless of vaccination status – must wear masks indoors, unless in a private, non-shared space or when actively eating. In addition, social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained when unmasked. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Event attendees, including visitors and guests, must comply with all COVID-19 University policies and protocols in place at the time of the event.

    JNBC Lectures
  • Mar
    16
    6:30pm

    Public Humanities Lab / Oral History Crash Course

    Nightingale-Brown House

    Come learn the basics of how to run an oral history interview! Participants will have the opportunity to take their own oral histories after training and exchange ideas on incorporating oral history into future projects. Curators: Alyssa Trejo and Elizabeth Mathews, with Dr. Lauren Yapp. Register here if you plan to attend.

    This series is a part of the Public Humanities Lab at the Center for Public Humanities, where Public Humanities graduate students curate exhibitions and public programs that probe questions about art, memory, heritage, culture and sensation.  

    JNBC Exhibitions, JNBC Workshops
  • Mar
    15
    7:00pm - 8:30pm

    Public Humanities Lab / Sonic-Scapes, Session 3

    Nightingale-Brown House

    A weekly series of listening sessions where participants will come to the session with one sonic recording that relates to that week’s theme. As a group, we will listen to the selected sounds and discuss. Registration is required and curator will communicate with registrants regarding the weekly theme. Curator: Ariel Lynch

    Register for Session 3: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/263131261687

    This series is a part of the Public Humanities Lab at the Center for Public Humanities, where Public Humanities graduate students curate exhibitions and public programs that probe questions about art, memory, heritage, culture and sensation.  

    JNBC Exhibitions
  • Mar
    15
    12:30pm

    Public Humanities Lab / Oral History Crash Course

    Nightingale-Brown House

    Come learn the basics of how to run an oral history interview! Participants will have the opportunity to take their own oral histories after training and exchange ideas on incorporating oral history into future projects. Curators: Alyssa Trejo and Elizabeth Mathews, with Dr. Lauren Yapp. Register here if you plan to attend.

    This series is a part of the Public Humanities Lab at the Center for Public Humanities, where Public Humanities graduate students curate exhibitions and public programs that probe questions about art, memory, heritage, culture and sensation.  

    JNBC Exhibitions, JNBC Workshops
  • Brown University alumna (Class of ’98) and BAI Professor of the Practice Ayana Evans will present a series of protest projections on Nightingale-Brown House at 357 Benefit St, Providence, RI. The projections address mass incarceration, education inequalities, and love. This event will feature a live performance by the campus acapella group Harmonic Motion and poet Adjua Greaves, who is currently earning an MFA in Poetry from the Literary Arts Program at Brown.

    JNBC Performances