Inside the Maelstrom of the Culture Wars of the 1990s

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Nightingale-Brown House

John Killacky was curator of Performing Arts at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis from 1988-1996. Many of the artists he presented during that time: Karen Finley, Holly Hughes, Bill T. Jones, Marlon Riggs, Ron Athey, among others came under attack from conservative members of Congress and religious groups who were opposed to them receiving governmental support from the National Endowment for the Arts. He will share his experiences and perspectives of presenting controversial artists during the Culture Wars.


Lunch Talk: Applying a Human Rights Approach to Building a Public Humanities Initiative

Thursday, September 15, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Nightingale-Brown House

Over 2.3 million individuals are incarcerated in the United States. That means over 2.3 million families and communities are feeling the direct effects of mass incarceration, while our entire nation is confronted with the injustices of our criminal justice system on a weekly, or even daily basis. As individuals working in the public humanities, what do we owe those directly and indirectly affected by mass incarceration in terms of their humanity and our own?


Exhibition: States of Incarceration

Monday, August 29, 2016 - Saturday, September 24, 2016

>> OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details

States of Incarceration is the first national traveling multi-media exhibition on the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States. It was developed by faculty and students at twenty different universities across the country, including Brown, working together through a national program called the Humanities Action Lab with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences.


Conference: The Prison Education Movement: Does Brown Have a Role?

Friday, September 16, 2016
8:30am - 1:00pm

Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center

The US has the largest prison population in the world, with over 2,300,000 men and women currently incarcerated, giving us the second-highest per capita incarceration rate in the world and making us “the world’s leading jailer,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union. We spend over $80 billion on incarceration every year, with local and state governments spending $20,000 to $50,000 annually to keep each inmate behind bars.

Northeast Public Humanities Consortium 2016

The North Eastern Public Humanities Consortium (NEPH) fosters public projects animated by humanistic inquiry in support of art, culture, history, and education for a more democratic society.  Linking eleven diverse institutions across the region (Bard Graduate Center, Brown, Columbia, CUNYGrad Center, Harvard, Lehigh, New York University, Rutgers—Newark, University of Massachusetts Boston, Tufts University, University of Delaware and Yale), the consortium provides opportunities for faculty, students, professionals, and community members to build partnerships and enh

“They Tried to Bury Us. They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds.”

Nick & Vivi reflecting on Arshile Gorky’s The Artist and His Mother at Whitney Museum of American Art, NYCNick & Vivi reflecting on Arshile Gorky’s The Artist and His Mother at Whitney Museum of American Art, NYCEach winter, soon after welcoming a New Year, my family and friends enter the time of commemoration and remembrance.  On a frigid day of January 14, 1990, my dad and I began our 3-days long vigil at a Moscow airport. We were not alone. We joined a strange community that was united in grief, fear and hope waiting anxiously for each plane arriving from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

(Distributed February 10, 2016)
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