Public Humanities Initiative

Building Publics: Humanities Combating Isolation (Series Overview and Schedule)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020  11:00am Online Event; 4:00pm (New York)


Free and open to the public

Registration required

Hosted by the Public Humanities Initiative at the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, this Zoominar features the projects developed by our 2019-2020 Public Humanities Graduate Student Fellows over the course of the past year, followed by discussion with fellow scholars, community members, and civic partners. An interdisciplinary group of emerging scholars, these Public Humanities Fellows have worked both together and independently to implement projects that bridge humanistic thinking with civic engagement and social justice, scholarly research with public building and communication. They will discuss how their projects promote humanistic thinking beyond the university, from different disciplinary perspectives and through a variety of media, such as audio media and podcast producing, walking and mapping, and curatorial and pedagogical practices aimed at serving under-resourced communities.  They will also discuss the origins of their projects in a commitment to break out of academic silos, the challenges they faced in the recent foreclosure of public spheres, and their current thinking about the methods and urgency of the Public Humanities in these critical times—both in the public sphere and in the context of higher education. 

This series will take place as public Zoom meetings starting at 4:00 pm EDT. Please REGISTER HERE in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email on the day of the event containing information about joining the meeting.


Wednesday, May 13th 2020    Zoom | 4:00 pm EDT 
Audio Media and New Orientations in the Humanities
Milan Terlunen and Olivia Branscum with guests Michelle E. Wilson and Sierra Eckert

Wednesday, May 20th 2020    Zoom | 4:00 pm EDT 
Podcast as Research
Milan Terlunen and Olivia Branscum

Wednesday, May 27th 2020    Zoom | 4:00 pm EDT 
Walking, Mapping, and Reimagining the Environment
Scot McFarlane with Wright Kennedy

Wednesday, June 3rd 2020    Zoom | 4:00 pm EDT 
Multilingual Youth as Curators
Alexandra Méndez

Wednesday, June 10th 2020  Zoom | 4:00 pm EDT 
New Pedagogies in Justice 
Erin Petrella and Meadhbh McHugh

Wednesday, June 17th 2020   Zoom |4:00 pm EDT 
New Pedagogies in Climate
Akua Banful


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