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. Please email [email protected] to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.
Alexandra Méndez is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American and Iberian Cultures (LAIC) and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) at Columbia University. She received her B.A. from Harvard in the History and Literature of Latin America. Her research focuses on narratives about the New World and their circulation and publication between the Americas, Spain, and Venice in the sixteenth century. She was a 2018-2019 Graduate Fellow with the Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Global Language Justice through ICLS, and her book reviews have appeared in Public Books and the Harvard Review Online.