Franklin Odo is an author, activist, scholar and historian; he focuses on the history and lived experiences of Asian Americans. Odo was Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. He is currently the John J. McCloy ’16 Visiting Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy at Amherst College where he teaches courses on race, public history and memory, and the idea of “model minorities.”
I am Violet Sun, MA graduate in Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong—though I myself am actually from Beijing, mainland China. Over the course of this summer, I have gotten to know the lovely city of Providence, working as an intern at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and staying at the Carriage House apartment in the 200+ year old Nightingale Brown House, right next door to the historic John Brown House.
Last week I had the pleasure of tagging along with Public Humanities Community Fellow Holly Ewald to document and help facilitate her most recent project: the 2015 UPP Arts Teachers Workshop. The day and a half long program was held in the cheerfully decorated library of the Reservoir Avenue School and attended by some 15 teachers, artists, researchers and scientists with a wide variety of ages, talents and experience.