Day of Public Humanities

May 9, 2017 was the first ever Day of Public Humanities (DayofPH). The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanity’s post-doctoral fellows Robyn Schroeder and Jim McGrath, and Inge Zwart (MA ’17) curated, organized, and hosted three events on Brown’s campus and an elaborate online discussion in order to raise the profile of the public humanities with specific attention to questions of labor within the field. In this blog post, we share our reflections on the events, show some behind-the-scenes preparations, and introduce tentative future plans.

(Distributed September 13, 2017)

EXHIBIT: Welcome to Camp America: Beyond Gitmo

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Nightingale-Brown House

This exhibition of photographs by Debi Cornwall includes environmental portraits of 14 former Guantánamo captives now living in 9 countries, from Albania to Qatar. Each image replicates, in the free world, the military’s “no faces” rule, commenting on alienation of indefinite detention and how these men will remain forever marked by Guantánamo.  

Mastering the Art of Togetherness

Kara Noto, Commencement 2017:

Good morning colleagues, friends, partners, and families both logical and biological. Thank you for being with us today, and for being present and supportive during this exciting season of transition. 

(Distributed June 12, 2017)

This Is Where We Are: Considering Place While Walking

We enter a campus building none of us has ever been in, slipping in as someone else exits.

We intentionally take our most frequent paths, and we describe how they feel to us and what we have seen there.

We intentionally go somewhere most of us have never been, only to find that it’s an old haunt for one member of our group.

We observe that we feel very much on campus. A block later, very much off.

(Distributed April 27, 2017)

Unconferences, Conversaciones and Latino Heritage

Unconference — un·con·fer·ence noun

A loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events.

(Distributed January 26, 2017)

Curating Social Media: What I Learned from Designing @hi_shangrila

What is Instagram? What do museums need to know about Instagram?

Is it a viable platform for drawing in and engaging new audiences?

What do museums use Instagram for now and how might that usage change in the future?

How can different digital initiatives provide continuity between museums, media and popular culture?

These are all questions that I explored throughout my time as a Programs Intern at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Shangri La this summer and which I will address in this short article.

(Distributed December 15, 2016)
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