Advancing the Humanities in the Public Sphere

Friday, January 31, 2020
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Umans, Katie

We will be welcoming two fantastic scholars to campus to talk about their experiences with public humanities and the projects they developed in part during our Summer Institute in Public Humanities this past June.  Joining them will be UNH scholars and public humanists Eleanor Harrison-Buck, Kabria Baumgartner, and Leah Woods.

If you are working in public humanities, thinking of working in public humanities, or wondering what public humanities is, we’d love to have you be part of this conversation, which will cover considerations such as starting and funding a project, working with community partners to share knowledge and create mutual benefit, and finding ways to fit public scholarship into an academic career.   We also hope you’ll come if you’re interested in our second UNH Summer Institute in Public Humanities, coming up this June, and would like to learn more about the types of projects you might be able to launch as a participant.

Bios and Projects:

  • Elena Creef, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College, will be talking about “Reenacting and Remembering the Battle of Greasy Grass, aka The Battle of Little Bighorn,” a cross-cultural meetup for which she is partnering with Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho horseback riders.
  • Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut Fiona Vernal will be talking about “A Caribbean Museum,” a community-based archival and oral history initiative, which will include pop-up exhibits and salons about public housing, mobility, and migration. 
  • UNH Public Humanities Fellow and Whiting Fellow Eleanor Harrison-Buck, Associate Professor of Anthropology, will be discussing “The Crooked Tree, Belize Museum and Cultural Heritage Center,” sharing her experiences working with community members to build an archaeology museum and cultural heritage center dedicated to Kriol culture. 
  • Assistant Professor of English Kabria Baumgartner will be sharing “Stories from the Archives: African Americans in Essex National Heritage Area,” which aims to amplify African American history, literature, and culture in the Essex National Heritage Area.
  • Associate Professor of Art and Art History Leah Woods will be talking about starting a “Prison Outreach Program” in a women’s correctional facility in Concord, with female instructors and mentors teaching marketable and creative skills in furniture-making and woodworking.

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