Under this section, you will find current and selected past projects. The word “projects” is an overarching term I am using to encompass both my academic and public humanities endeavors.
Upon entering my doctoral program in American Studies at Brown University, I opted into the master’s in Public Humanities from the John Nicolas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. The influence of the public humanities courses has allowed me to think broadly about the impact of my scholarly work and efforts. Even though my work has always centered on my communities, I am now skilled to center my work with my communities. This, of course, looks different for different projects.
The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement project comes out of AMST 2540 “Methods in Public Humanities” co-facilitated by Dr. Susan Smulyan and Dr. Robyn Schroeder. This is a multi-site exhibition curated around the 2014 Hong Kong social movement for universal suffrage. I and four colleagues traveled to Hong Kong in January 2016 to interview students, faculty, and artists who were/are activists for this movement. Five months of teamwork and constant communication with our partners in Hong Kong resulted in a multi-site exhibition around the Providence, RI area.
The Robstown Area Historical Museum Community History Day is a project I have been conceptualizing for over two years, and in July 2016 it came to fruition! While conducting research in the Robstown Area Historical Museum for my undergraduate honors thesis (2013) I noticed large gaps in the historical narrative of the museum. Since then I have been thinking about ways to address this issue. In AMST 2650 “Introduction to Public Humanities” facilitated by Dr. Steve Lubar, I started to conceptualize the project. Then in “Methods in Public Humanities” I was able to roll out the necessary connections, documents, and plans to carry out the project in collaboration with the Robstown Area Historical Museum.