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Public Humanities, Humanities in Practice Workshops

dateNovember 16, 2022 timeWednesday, 2:00pm–4:00pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University locationVirtual Event
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Person seated in front of a computer

This workshop explores Zip Code Memory Project’s current undertaking: creating an accessible, enduring website that collates, showcases, and sustains the highs and lows of the last three years.

More often than not, sharing public humanities projects with larger audiences depends on the distribution and preservation of information online. And yet, when looking to memorialize these projects for future cohorts and community members, how should publics imagine the design and role of the website itself? In the Zip Code Memory Project’s final active year, the objectives are not only to continue the larger, outstanding effort of remembering COVID-19, but to memorialize ZCMP itself.

Note: The event will be held over Zoom

Workshop Leader

Meg Jianing Zhang (PhD Student, Department of English and Comparative Literature)
Lex Taylor
(Guest, ZCMP Web Design and Development)
Zip Code Memory Project

The Zip Code Memory Project (ZCMP) seeks to find community-based ways to memorialize the devastating losses resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic while also acknowledging its radically differential effects on Upper New York City neighborhoods. Through a series of art-based workshops, public events, social media platforms, and a performance/exhibition at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, community members re-imagine zip codes not as zones of separation, but as interrelated spaces for connectivity and mutual care.

This workshop is presented as part of the Public Humanities Skills Workshops, a series of sessions that connect graduate fellows and the public with skills, methods, and strategies to engage in the interdisciplinary field of the Public Humanities. These workshops are hosted by the Public Humanities Initiative and open to all. Advanced registration is required.

Please email [email protected] to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.