Webinar: Humanities for All

This AASLH webinar examines a successful collaboration between an academic institution and a historical society and introduces Humanities for All, a new resource from National Humanities Alliance that showcases partnerships between higher education and community organizations.

Details:

DATE: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TIME: 3:00 - 4:15 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone!)

COST: Free to Members / $40 Non-members

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact learn@aaslh.org for more information.

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Description & Outcomes

How can partnership with higher education institutions increase the reach, capacity, and impact of our history work? Humanities for All is a new website from the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) that showcases over 1,400 examples of higher education–community partnerships involving teaching, research, and public programming. In this AASLH webinar, Daniel Fisher (NHA) introduces Humanities for All, presents strategies for utilizing the website, and leads a discussion with the project directors of “These Words: A Century of Printing, Writing, and Reading in Boston's Chinese Community,” Jessica Wong Camhi (Chinese Historical Society of New England) and Diane O'Donoghue (Tufts University and Brown University). The facilitated discussion presents takeaways from the “These Words” partnership. Participants will feel confident and inspired to apply the lessons of “These Words” and other projects from Humanities for All to their own successful and mutually beneficial partnerships with higher education institutions. A Q&A period follows the presentation.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand how they can use Humanities for All as a resource.
  • Participants will feel inspired to explore Humanities for All.
  • Participants will learn the challenges and successes of the “These Words” partnership.
  • Participants will feel confident and inspired to apply the lessons of “These Words” and other projects from Humanities for All to their own partnerships with higher education institutions.
  • Participants will feel inspired to explore partnership with a local higher education institution.

Speakers:

A young man in a sports jacket, tie, and black-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. A tree is in the background. Daniel Fisher is a project director and postdoctoral fellow at the National Humanities Alliance Foundation. At NHA, Daniel leads Humanities for All, a survey of publicly engaged humanities work in U.S. higher education funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Humanities for All website launched in July at http://www.humanitiesforall.org. The website presents a cross-section of the field for practice and advocacy, including over 1,400 projects that are searchable, sortable, and illustrated with a selection of in-depth profiles. Prior to joining NHA, he held fellowships at the École Biblique and the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. He holds a B.A. from McGill University, an M.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where, as a graduate student, he taught and co-curated a publicly-engaged research-driven exhibition.

 

A middle aged woman with blonde hair, circular glasses, and a cowl neck sweater smiles at the camera.Diane O’Donoghue, a visual and cultural historian, is Director of the Program for Public Humanities and Senior Fellow for the Humanities at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, at Tufts University, where she has chaired the Department of Visual and Critical Studies. She is also Visiting Professor of Public Humanities at Brown University and a contributor to a collection, titled "Doing Public Humanities,” that will be published by Routledge.

 

 

A young woman with brown hair and brown eyes, wearing tortoiseshell glasses and a a blazer, smiles at the camera.Jessica Wong Camhi is the director of the Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE), a Boston-based non-profit dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration to the New England area.


Engaging the Public: Seven Rules

Steven Lubar, Director of Brown University's Public Humanities Program has recently posted "Seven Rules for Public Humanists."

Without losing meaning, one could easily swap the words "Public Humanists" for "Public History" or "History Organizations" or "History Museums," &c.

Lubar's Twitter profile photo, an adaptation of the famous Charles Willson Peale self-portrait.
Lubar's Twitter profile photo, an adaptation of the famous Charles Willson Peale self-portrait.

Here are his rules. Read the full post for his take on each of them.

  1. It’s not about you
  2. Be a facilitator and translator as well as an expert
  3. Scholarship starts with public engagement
  4. Communities define community
  5. Collaborate with artists
  6. Think digital
  7. Humanists need practical skills

Steven has articulated some core principles that should drive all of our work.

As my good friend and mentor Kent Whitworth says, "Stewardship is an open hand, not a closed fist. It's, 'What are your needs and how can I/we help you get there?'"

What do you think of these principles?