Exploding Myths, Heroes, and Victors or the long, gravel road of historical representation in museum exhibitions

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Nightingale-Brown House

Margaret Koch, Deputy Director: Margaret's career has spanned all aspects of museum work in both large and small institutions during the past 30+ years. She began as a registrar in a small county museum with a staff of 6.5; she was the .5. A 7-year side trip into leading cross-cultural international student programs at a theological graduate school in Chicago opened a life-changing window into the world. But history museums have always been her first love.

“You Are Welcomed by Everyone”: Meet the New Masters Students in Public Humanities

MA Candidates in Public Humanities, class of 2017, not pictured:  Maiyah Gamble Rivers, Liz Malone, Reya Sehgal and Jess Smith:

At the end of August, the Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage welcomed ten new students to the Masters program in Public Humanities. Geographically, we’ve cast a wide net, with two of our new students hailing from right here in Providence—and two from another hemisphere altogether. Our new students have worked for music festivals, art museums, house museums, architecture centers, and in the cultural heritage sector.

(Distributed October 6, 2014)

Public Humanities Program Open House 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Nightingale-Brown House

Meet and Mingle with current and former students in the Master's in Public Humanities Program. The Center for Public Humanities will host a reception including a brief presentation about the Public Humanities Masters Program at Brown. Learn more about the degree, ask questions, and stay for the screening of a documentary produced by program alumna, Amanda Murray, '08 who will be on site to talk informally about how the Public Humanities program informed her career trajectory.


Screening and Q&A with Producer and Director: THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO

Friday, October 24, 2014
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Smith-Buonanno, Room 106

A 2014 Tribeca Film Festival world premiere, THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO is a feature-length documentary tracing the origins of Chinese American food through what is arguably America’s most popular takeout meal: General Tso’s Chicken. Anchoring the film is an upbeat quest to understand the origins and popularity of America’s Chinese food and its top-selling dish. Who was General Tso? And why do nearly fifty thousand restaurants serve deep-fried chicken bearing his name?

Cuban narratives: providing voice with "The Way to Strategy"

Fitt Artists in Residence, Pedro Gutiérrez Torres and Alexander Beatón Gallano arrived in Providence from Santiago, Cuba, by way of Miami, in early September.  Their immediate project while in the U.S. was to install a now internationally travelled installation: The Way to Strategy, "a tribute to those dreams that fell in the fight for life".

(Distributed September 29, 2014)


Calling Future Public Humanists: Application For Admission Now Open!


Prosopopoeia as Protocol: The Hale Experiments and Object – Oriented Ventriloquy during the Cold War

Thursday, November 6, 2014
6:00pm - 8:30pm

RISD Museum, Grand Gallery

The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society of Esthetic Realizers) is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird.

LOCATION: RISD Museum Galleries (Grand Gallery).

Reservations requested risdmuseum.org.

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)
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