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Seven Rules for Public Humanists

If we want the humanities to be more than academic—if we want them to make a difference in the world—we need to change the way we work. We need to rethink some of the traditional assumptions of the humanities. I suggest here seven rules of thumb for doing public humanities.

(Distributed August 29, 2014)

Call for Faculty Fellows in Public Humanities

The Center for Public Humanities at Brown University announces a Faculty and Community Fellowship Program.  Brown faculty and community leaders in the arts and humanities will serve one year terms at the Center.  Faculty members interested in innovative methods for presenting their research to the public; those conducting research in collaboration with community organizations; and/or faculty seeking to incorporate public engagement in their courses will find support through the fellowship program.  Culture workers from the non-profit community can use their fellowship to purs

(Distributed August 11, 2014)

The Practicum, In Practice

The public humanities program emphasizes the relationship of theory and practice. Rather than writing a thesis, students undertake two practicums where we connect knowledge learned in the classroom to practice in a professional setting, and reflect critically on these experiences with our academic peers. Practicums allow us to enhance our skills as well as to connect to the field.

(Distributed July 10, 2014)

When Endings are Also Beginnings: Fare thee well Annie Valk!

At the end of the July, Deputy Director, Anne Valk will be leaving Brown and the Center for Public Humanities for Williams College, where she will be leading public humanities initiatives through a multi-disciplinary appointment.  Annie has shaped the Brown Center in the most profound ways. Outgoing director, Steve Lubar hired Annie seven years ago and he vividly remembers a quality Annie mentioned during her interview: “I am a collaborator. I believe in collaboration.”

(Distributed June 25, 2014)
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