Building Publics: Humanities Speak of Race Spring 2021 Series Overview and Schedule

Fellows, Public Humanities Fellows, Public Humanities, Humanities in Practice

April 30, 2021

The Building Publics Spring Graduate Series showcases how our Public Humanities Graduate Fellows bridge humanistic thinking with civic engagement; social justice with scholarly research; and public building with communication, in order to unleash new, more critical modes of scholarly imagination. Each year highlights a new, pressing theme. Last year's theme, Humanities Combatting Isolation, looked at ways can form connections. This year, under the heading Humanities Speak of Race, we look at the complex dynamics of race and privilege.

While it was particularly challenging to develop academic work through public ties in the context of lockdown, our fellows actively engaged in debates about privilege and race that are animating academia generally and the public humanities in particular. Over the weeks of the Building Publics series, we will learn about different ways organizations and fellows are attempting to together address and better understand these relations. Each workshop is curated by a graduate fellow or graduate collective, and will feature conversations with some of the community members and civic partners with whom they have worked in conceiving and implementing the projects.

This series is co-funded through the Addressing Racism: A Call to Action for Higher Education initiative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement.

Click here to register for the series.


Wednesday, May 5th 2021 Zoom | 4:30 pm EDT
Unbecoming Me: Models of Transgressive Black Girlhood
Margaret Banks (English and Comparative Literature) with guest Jydin Harwell (Frederick Douglass Academy and Double Discovery Center) and a response by Ruth Nicole Brown (Michigan State University)

Wednesday, May 12th 2021 Zoom | 4:30 pm EDT
Spirit Sharing: An Interspiritual Conversation on Non-Hegemonic Beliefs and Community Building
Julián Sánchez González (Art History and Archaeology) with Karen Rose (Sacred Vibes Apothecary) and Delphinios (Minoan Brotherhood)

Wednesday, May 19th 2021 Zoom | 4:30 pm EDT
Reimagining the Humanities from Within
Round table discussion with members of the Academic Diversity and Inclusion Research Collective at Columbia University

Wednesday, May 26th 2021 Zoom | 4:30 pm EDT
Storytelling, Medical Inequities, and Intergenerational Knowledge: Diaspora Named and Archived
Tehya Boswell (Public Health) and others

Wednesday, June 2nd 2021 Zoom | 4:30 pm EDT
Making a Place for Writing
Therese Cox (Columbia English & Comparative Literature) with Leslie Davol (Street Lab)

Wednesday, June 9th 2021 Zoom | 4:30 pm EDT
Radical Pedagogies of the Carceral State: ArtsXSocial Justice
Nick Croggon (Arts X Social Justice at Columbia University, Art History and Archaeology), Laura Betanncourt (Studio Museum in Harlem) and others

Wednesday, June 16th 2021 Zoom | 4:30 pm EDT
Towards a Public Humanities Curriculum: A Pedagogy Workshop
Round table discussion on just futures of graduate teaching.