About the Center for Public Humanities

Education, research, and public engagement initiatives to connect individuals and communities to art, history, and culture.  

The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage’s innovative MA program, engaged research, and professional development workshops help students, practitioners and communities make the humanities meaningful and accessible.

The Center, founded as the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization in 1979 (see History) and part of Brown University since 1995, offers:

  • the leading graduate program in public humanities, offering a professional (terminal) MA and an MA available for those in Brown’s Ph.D. program in American Studies.
  • a range of courses in topics including oral history, museum skills, informal learning, cultural policy and nonprofit management, and community and public art
  • a wide-ranging professional development workshop series open to students and practitioners
  • innovative engaged scholarship disseminated through academic publications, online and social media, and public exhibitions
  • public engagement initiatives, both physical and virtual, that connect students and faculty with communities to serve both educational and community needs
  • installations and interpretive programs in the Public Humanities Gallery and elsewhere in the Providence area
  • collaborative projects developed with other departments and centers at Brown and with local, national, and international cultural, arts, and educational institutions

The Brown Center for Public Humanities defines public humanities through our teaching, projects, and publications. 


 

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