Public Humanities Fellows

An innovative and exciting group of community leaders in the arts and humanities serve as Public Humanities Fellows at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Each fellow works on a public humanities project and becomes a resource for Public Humanities students.  Public Humanities Fellows are culture workers from the non-profit community who use their fellowship to pursue a program of reading, writing, and thinking or to engage in a specific project with the support of Center staff, faculty, and students. 

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Director of Programs and Exhibitions at Providence Public Library

    Current project: Producing Within a Lifetime: Immigration and the Changing City, a conversation series exploring the complexities and universalities of immigration to Rhode Island as reflected in the history of the Pond Street Neighborhood.

  • Public Humanities Community Fellow, Founder and Artistic Director of UPP Arts

    Current project: Working on a series of responses to the Gorham silver show at the RISD Museum, including pop-up exhibits, community conversations about the environmental and labor impacts of the Gorham company, zines, and performances at the Gorham site.

  • Public Humanities Community Fellow, Executive Director, RI Latino Arts

    Current project: Archiving the collections of Nuestras Raices: Latino History of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Latino Arts and actively collecting artifacts, stories and doing research to go into those archives. 

  • Public Humanities Community Fellow, Executive Director at the Little Compton Historical Society

    Current project: Working on an exhibit and a set of public programs, “The Women of Little Compton” and hoping to collaborate with students on research and interviews.   -  In addition, will open an archaeology project with the Public Archaeology Lab investigating two cellar holes in Little Compton, both with Native American, English Settler, and lastly African-American histories for student collaboration. 

  • Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum

    Lorén M. Spears, Narragansett, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, has been an educator for 25 years, has served as an adjunct faculty at Brown University and at University of Rhode Island. She shares her cultural knowledge and traditional arts learned through her family with the public through museum programs.

  • Public Humanities Community Fellow, Curator of Rhode Island Collections at Providence Public Library

    Current project: Thinking about community archiving in light of communications theory and social practice art as part of preparing a Providence Public Library workbook for community archives; presenting a Lunch Talk at the Center for Public Humanities; and continuing collaboration on Hacking Heritage.

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Director of Literary Engagement and Outreach at School One

    Diana Champa is the Director of Literary Engagement and Outreach at School One where she oversees literary arts programming and community engagement. Before this position she worked for Prime Cut Productions and the Van Morrison Rhythm and Blues Foundation in Northern Ireland.

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Executive Director at Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth

    Taylor Jackson was born and raised in Conway, AR. She received a B.A. in History from Rhodes College located in Memphis, TN, and an M.A.

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Outreach & Program Manager at JFK Library and Museum

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Curator of Collections at Plimoth Plantation

    Jade Luiz is Curator of Collections at Plimoth Plantation and received her Ph.D. from Boston University. For her dissertation, she specialized in historical archaeology, nineteenth-century urbanism, gender, and archaeology of the senses. Her research delves into the history of