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Humanities Speak of Race (2021): Making a Place for Writing

Public Humanities, Building Publics

June 2, 2021

This week, the Building Publics series features Therese Cox in conversation with Leslie Davol from the community organization Street Lab. Together, they talk about the development of WRITE, an ongoing public humanities initiative that brings free, interactive pop-up writing stations to public spaces throughout New York City’s five boroughs. By making a place for writing, WRITE fosters a participatory urbanism that emphasizes accessibility, collaboration, creativity, and community interaction. More broadly, the talk will consider the role of collaboration in the public humanities between scholars and creative practitioners, curators and cultural organizers, teaching artists and writers, to explore how writing, design, and civic engagement can create opportunities for a more equitable built environment. With a response from K. A. Jagai, mentor at Girls Write Now.