Public Humanities Initiative

Teaching from the Archive of Women’s Incarceration

Thursday, May 7, 2015  1:15pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

First come, first seated

Photo credit: Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Art


New York Council for the Humanities

How do we teach the history of imprisonment in the United States when mass incarceration continues to shape our current social landscape?  Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellow Emily Hainze will speak about a curriculum project she is developing in partnership with the Prison Public Memory Project, a non-profit dedicated to recovering, preserving and interpreting the historical artifacts and cultural memory of prisons, and the communities with which they are entwined.  The talk will focus on the process of bringing archival material from the Hudson Training School for Girls (a juvenile prison facility that existed in Hudson, NY from 1904-1975) into a classroom setting.

The Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by the New York Council for the Humanities in partnership with university humanities centers at Columbia, Cornell, CUNY, NYU, Syracuse, and the State University of New York at Buffalo and Stony Brook to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, to encourage humanities graduate students to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere and to explore the public dimensions of their scholarship in partnership with community organizations serving pubic audiences throughout New York State.

The year-long fellowship provides training in the methods of public scholarship and in developing scholars' skills for doing public work.

More on the Public Humanities Fellowship at the New York Council for the Humanities website.


  • Emily Hainze

    PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University


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