The public humanities bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to the general public and cultivate a dialogue between the academic humanities and non-specialists. Public humanists engage in public intellectual work and make art, history, philosophy, and culture meaningful and accessible, as well as address issues of public importance.
The Humanities NY Humanities Centers Initiative supports two graduate fellows a year
in each of nine New York state humanities centers. The fellows pursue public humanities
projects. The IASH Graduate Public Humanities fellows for AY 2018-2019 are Julia Devin (History) and Kayla Hardy-Butler (English: Creative Writing).
The current IASH public Humanities projects are:
- Broadcasting World Literatures. The project PIs are Giovanna Montenegro, Jeroen Gerrits, and Tarek Shamma.
- Digital Archive of Art from Guantanamo. The Project PI is Alexandra Moore.
- New York State in the Cinema. The Project PIs are Brian Wall and Tom Wilson.
- Digital Humanities Research Institute at Binghamton University. The Project PIs are Amy Gay and Nancy Um. Read more here.