Online Resources and Scholarship
Public Humanities Projects and Community Engagement
Michigan State University's Tools of Engagement website is a helpful resource page with modules that can be implemented into your own curriculum or syllabi.These modules are designed to introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement, develop their community-based research and engagement skills, and assist with training the next generation of engaged scholars.
In 2012, Operation Homecoming writing workshops will take place as part of a formal medical protocol to help heal service members at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The NICoE is a new facility that provides an interdisciplinary team assessment in a holistic, patient- and family-centered environment, and is dedicated to providing care to service members and their families dealing with the signature wounds from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health (PH) conditions.
ART/SCIENCE Collaborations is an international, collaborative research project investigating the emergence of new artist-scientist collaborations. In this ethnographic study of five contemporary collaborative projects in the US the UK, Europe and Australia involving diverse groups of scientists and artists, we are exploring the institutional, political, epistemic and technological matrices that allow these interfaces to emerge and that shape their development and wider impact.
Sensory Stories: Bringing University Research to Life is an exciting new project that teaches researchers how to communicate their work to the public. These stories will be told through appeals to the senses – taste, smell, vision and touch – using public spaces, performance and objects to reveal vital aspects of current research.
Civic Humanists Visit High School Classrooms brings faculty from the Rice School of Humanities to Houston-area high schools, especially those with student populations currently underrepresented at Rice University, to present new scholarship in their fields and to provide an introduction to college-level topics and approaches.
Peace Paper For two millennia, humankind has created paper by hand. Whatever the intention behind the paper, be it to represent wealth, to carry spirituality, or to convey messages, every fiber that goes into the making of paper has a story to tell. Today, Peace Paper works to empower healing arts communities by introducing collaborative art processes that foster positive forward thinking, enhanced communication, and peaceful reconciliation.
Writers in Prison Project The Writers in Prisons Project is a collective of writers, performers, and literary scholars in Wisconsin. In partnership with correctional facilities, we offer voluntary classes in literature, memoir, poetry and spoken word, and African American studies for inmates. These classes are not accredited, as we are not a University program, but all facilitators are highly skilled volunteers who believe that making space for this kind of engagement and education can help to reduce recidivism, improve literacy, and increase our felt sense of humanity.
Swamp Gravy Folk-Life Play “Swamp Gravy,” Georgia’s Official Folk-Life Play, collects the stories of Miller County citizens and weaves them into inspiring, funny and touching plays suitable for all ages. Every October there is a new Swamp Gravy show, which is remounted in March. In October 2012, there’s the world premiere of Swamp Gravy: Live and Learn, which is our 20th Anniversary show! Past shows have included The Blue Doctor, Solid Ground, Ain’t No Tellin’ and Nothin’ But a Will.
Cornerstone Theater Company Cornerstone Theater produces new plays through the collaboration of people of many ages, cultures and levels of theatrical experience, building bridges between and within diverse communities. Our work is based on the conviction that aesthetic practice is social justice, artistic expression is civic engagement, and that access to a creative forum is an essential part of the wellness and health of every individual and community.
Global Lives Project The Global Lives Project is a volunteer-based creative collaboration focused on the cultivation of empathy across cultures. We curate an ever-expanding collection of films that faithfully capture 24 continuous hours in the life of individuals from around the world. We celebrate the diversity of human experience through the study and exploration of culture, status, ethnicity, language, and religion.
Case Studies, Research, and Scholarship
Public: A Journal of Imagining America is a peer-reviewed multimedia e-journal for projects, pedagogies, resources and ideas incorporating humanities, arts, and design in public life. Like Imagining America, Public seeks rich engagements between a diverse range of participants, disciplines, sectors, and organizations, as well as between works in its interactive archive. Submissions can be made online.
National Forum’s community engagement team focuses their research and practice on some of the points where communities and higher education institutions intersect. Researchers explore community perceptions as individuals dialogue about the importance of higher education, as well as investigate how higher education institutions and communities come together to create access structures for youth in neighborhoods.
The Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI) provides opportunities for leaders in scholarly disciplines, academic libraries, advanced technologies, and higher education administration to study, develop, and implement creative and innovative strategies to advance scholarly communication in the context of the ongoing digital revolution. SCI has recently commissioned institutes on Alternative Academic Career Paths and Forms of Scholarly Publication, Production, and Communication .
The Public Humanities Toolbox Engaging Communities Online is a website and handbook seek to show small cultural heritage organizations how to use easy web tools to create great websites. We present a set of tools that can be combined in different ways depending on what type of web presence your organization needs. We start with the basic blog and explain how to include various other features to make a dynamic website.
Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life advances knowledge and creativity through publicly engaged scholarship that draws on humanities, arts, and design. We catalyze change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables publicly engaged artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization. IA has recently published work on Tenure and Promotion Research and Integrated Assessment Project. They also maintain an updated list of their Publications and Reports.
Humanities Resource Center Online is a result of collaboration between humanities organizations, universities, and social scientists, provides the academic community and the public at large with an online source of information, including statistical data, about the humanities in the United States. The information contained here, which is continually updated, is intended to provide the basis for decision making by educators and policymakers. Their Humanities Indicators and Scholarship on the Humanities are particularly helpful sources of information.
University of Idaho Toolbox is intended to provide a philosophical yet practical enhancement to cross-disciplinary, collaborative science. Rooted in philosophical analysis, Toolbox workshops enable cross-disciplinary collaborators to engage in a structured dialogue about their research assumptions. This yields both self-awareness and mutual understanding, supplying CDR collaborators with the robust foundation needed for effective collaborative research.
Social Impact of the Arts The Social Impact of the Arts Project uses statistical analysis and qualitative investigation to identify social impacts at the neighborhood level. SIAP is a recognized innovator in the development of empirical methods to study links between cultural engagement, community well-being, and neighborhood revitalization. In 1995 SIAP pioneered the use of geographic information systems (GIS) as a strategy for integrating data on the arts with other socio-economic data. The team has developed methods for collecting and integrating data on different forms of cultural involvement, which led to the cultural asset mapping methods that have gained wide emulation. Their Case Studies have been archived from 1994-2010.
Public Humanities Institutes, Centers, and Consortia
The Simpson Center for the Humanities Public Projects at the University of Washington promotes collaboration between scholars and community partners in education, governmental, non-profit, and grassroots organizations. They currently include: !Carnaval¡, Objects, Displays and Edible Arts in Historical Japan and Japanese-American Seattle, Texts and Teachers, and Transformative Education Behind Bars.
UC Humanities Network This new initiative of the UC Office of the President is designed to support, stimulate, and facilitate excellence in humanities research across the University of California. Representing a dynamic new structure and vision for multicampus engagement and collaboration, the Network links together the Humanities Advisory Committee, the UC Consortium of Humanities Centers, and the UC President's Society of Fellows in the Humanities. The Humanities Network initiatives include The Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work , a graduate and faculty fellows program, the UC Humanities Forum blog, and multi-campus research groups.
Brown Center for Public Humanities The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage’s innovative MA program, engaged research, and professional development workshops help students, practitioners and communities make the humanities meaningful and accessible. Their intiatives include: the American Dance Legacy Initiative, Defining the Public Humanities, Fox Point Community History Project, Guantanamo Public Memory Project, and many others.
Public Humanities @ Western The Public Humanities @ Western is a new program designed to enhance the Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ commitment to the promotion of innovative forms of publicly engaged knowledge creation, experiential learning, and campus-community collaboration. Bringing together faculty, students, staff, and public partners, the program aims to address common problems as well as opportunities that arise between the campus and community.
Portland State Center for Public Humanities The Portland Center for the Public Humanities at Portland State University (PCPH) promotes rigorous humanistic inquiry into the languages, histories, and ideas that shape our ways of life, as well as those that offer a means of positively transforming them. In our view, the underlying purpose of the core humanistic disciplines is to engage public life by reframing our perspectives, interrogating our assumptions, and raising questions about human thought, history, and culture. The Center sponsors research groups, lecture series, and scholars-in-residence.
Cultures & Communities at UW-Milwaukee promotes diversity and civic engagement through its Certificate Program, Community-University Partnership grants, and collaboration with the Center for Volunteerism and Student Leadership. The whole city becomes our campus as we combine academics with real world experience and build lasting partnerships with diverse community organizations. The program offers an undergraduate certificate and CUP grants to support community-university partnerships.
Just Publics @ 365 at CUNY is a partnership between the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the Ford Foundation that rethinks scholarly communication in the digital era. The project will equip academics with the digital skills necessary to communicate their research for a range of media, identify new metrics to measure the impact of networked scholarship, and forge productive links between scholars, media professionals, and political activists who address issues of inequality and injustice.
Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes serves as an arena for the discussion of issues germane to crossdisciplinary activity in the humanities and as a network for the circulation of information and best practices related to the organizational and management dimensions of humanities centers and institutes.Looking to the future, it is one of the major goals of CHCI to become an increasingly international organization, and our international membership has grown 25% since 2007 alone. To that end, the International Advisory Board has begun discussions with humanities leaders in various parts of the world to identify affinities and shared concerns, and to explore opportunities for collaboration.