Preparing students for careers as dynamic, socially-engaged humanists both within and beyond the academy
The public humanities are collaborations between scholars and communities that generate new knowledge and creative work to strengthen civic agency and cultural life. Through seminars, practical experience, and a capstone project, Public Humanities Graduate Fellows become conversant with the history, theories, and methods of public humanities. They gain insight into the social reach and relevance of their scholarship and learn how to be publicly-engaged academics. Graduate Fellows will also have the opportunity to use their skills in a variety of social and professional environments, including museums and other cultural institutions, government, education administration, and non-profit organizations.
The program consists of three components: two seminars, a practicum, and a capstone project.
Seminars: “History and Theory of Public Humanities” and “Skills for the Public Sphere” address the history, theories, methods, and practice associated with public humanities.
Practicum: Either an internship or a fellow-designed community project that enables students to work with a community partner to address an identified organizational need. Community partners include cultural organizations and foundations, community centers, governmental offices, community colleges, and K-12 schools. Students applying for a 2019 internship or fellow-designed community project should plan to enroll in INT 201SP in Spring 2019 and should have applied for acceptance into the Public Humanities Graduate Fellows program.
Capstone Project: Presentation of fellow’s work as a publicly-engaged humanist in a forum that reaches a broad audience
Ph.D. students in good standing from the Divisions of Humanities and Fine Arts and Social Sciences are eligible to participate at any stage of their graduate studies.
For questions, contact Erin Nerstad: firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-893-3137.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To be eligible for 2019 fellow-designed community projects, apply to the program by May 31, 2019.