The Humanities:
Public, Open,
Applied & Engaged
Steven Lubar
Brown University
September 2013
How can our work be
interesting, useful,
and meaningful to
the public?
How does working
with the public make
our work bett...
The public cares
about the
humanities...
But they don’t care
as much about the
work of academic
humanists
Academic humanists
need to talk to each
other...
That’s necessary, but
not sufficient. We
gain from working
with the publi...
Universities are
changing...
A push for efficiency
Vocational training
Engines of economic transformation
Engines of cultu...
How can we take
advantage of these
changes?
How can we both
respond to external
demands and do our
own work better?
Impact
Reaching beyond the
university...
Civic and Community Engagement
Knowledge exchange
Public scholarship
New Models for the
Humanities
Applied
Translational
Open
Digital
Public
APPLIED
HUMANITIES
..Training for
technical
jobs, museum
careers,
policy work?
APPLIED
HUMANITIES
..or as a
source of
values to
improve
individuals
and the
world?
APPLIED
HUMANITIES
..or as a
source of
values to
improve
individuals
and the
world?
“One studies
the humanities
to gain us...
APPLIED
HUMANITIES
..or as a
source of
values to
improve
individuals
and the
world?
“the ability to
own (enact and
embody)...
TRANSLATIONAL
HUMANITIES
Give people
the tools to
understand
our work?
“Establish
communication
between the
studies of
aca...
TRANSLATIONAL
HUMANITIES
Or refocus
our work on
topics of
community
interest?
“Ensure the
literacy of
users in the
multipl...
OPEN
HUMANITIES
Open access
journals and
books, open
data and open
sources
tools?
OPEN
HUMANITIES
...Or
democratizing
production
and
consumption
of humanities
research.
“The values of
the open
humanities ...
OPEN
HUMANITIES
...Or
democratizing
production
and
consumption
of humanities
research.
“The free
sharing of
historical
inf...
DIGITAL
HUMANITIES
A conduit
between the
public and
the academy?
“It serves to
make
humanities
research into
something of ...
DIGITAL
HUMANITIES
...or a new
kind of
multivocal
conversation
that the
public can
Join
“collaborating
with
communities…
e...
PUBLIC
HUMANITIES
Supporting
students and
faculty who
connect the
public to
history, art,
and culture
PUBLIC
HUMANITIES
Supporting
organizations
that explore,
preserve, and
interpret
cultural
heritage
PUBLIC
HUMANITIES
...or helping
communities
make culture
meaningful,
useful and
accessible
PUBLIC
HUMANITIES
making
colleges and
universities
“agents and
architects of
a flourishing
democracy.”
PUBLIC
HUMANITIES
“building
bridges to a
wide range of
local and
regional
institutions
and their
respective
publics.”
—Yal...
PUBLIC
HUMANITIES
“Public
humanities
means cultural
work in the
public interest
and liberal
arts education
for
democracy.”...
Six Suggestions
Shared authority
Public
scholarship
Work with
community
organizations
Collaborate with
artists
Think digit...
Six Suggestions
Shared authority
Public
scholarship
Work with
community
organizations
Collaborate with
artists
Think digit...
Six Suggestions
Shared authority
Public
scholarship
Work with
community
organizations
Collaborate with
artists
Think digit...
Six Suggestions
Shared authority
Public
scholarship
Work with
community
organizations
Collaborate with
artists
Think digit...
Six Suggestions
Shared authority
Public
scholarship
Work with
community
organizations
Collaborate with
artists
Think digit...
Six Suggestions
Shared authority
Public
scholarship
Work with
community
organizations
Collaborate with
artists
Think digit...
Six Suggestions
Shared authority
Public
scholarship
Work with
community
organizations
Collaborate with
artists
Think digit...
Thanks
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The Humanities: Public, Open, Applied & Engaged

  1. 1. The Humanities: Public, Open, Applied & Engaged Steven Lubar Brown University September 2013
  2. 2. How can our work be interesting, useful, and meaningful to the public? How does working with the public make our work better?
  3. 3. The public cares about the humanities... But they don’t care as much about the work of academic humanists
  4. 4. Academic humanists need to talk to each other... That’s necessary, but not sufficient. We gain from working with the public, too.
  5. 5. Universities are changing... A push for efficiency Vocational training Engines of economic transformation Engines of cultural transformation
  6. 6. How can we take advantage of these changes? How can we both respond to external demands and do our own work better?
  7. 7. Impact Reaching beyond the university... Civic and Community Engagement Knowledge exchange Public scholarship
  8. 8. New Models for the Humanities Applied Translational Open Digital Public
  9. 9. APPLIED HUMANITIES ..Training for technical jobs, museum careers, policy work?
  10. 10. APPLIED HUMANITIES ..or as a source of values to improve individuals and the world?
  11. 11. APPLIED HUMANITIES ..or as a source of values to improve individuals and the world? “One studies the humanities to gain useful knowledge about the world in which he lives, spiritual nourishment, and a sense of values” —Edwin Steinberg
  12. 12. APPLIED HUMANITIES ..or as a source of values to improve individuals and the world? “the ability to own (enact and embody) a literary or philosophical insight should be central to humanities learning in college.” —Svetlana Nikitina
  13. 13. TRANSLATIONAL HUMANITIES Give people the tools to understand our work? “Establish communication between the studies of academia and the everyday lives in our community.” —Eastern Illinois University
  14. 14. TRANSLATIONAL HUMANITIES Or refocus our work on topics of community interest? “Ensure the literacy of users in the multiple languages of the media and communities that they encounter on the Web.” —Abby Smith Rumsey
  15. 15. OPEN HUMANITIES Open access journals and books, open data and open sources tools?
  16. 16. OPEN HUMANITIES ...Or democratizing production and consumption of humanities research. “The values of the open humanities are Collaboration, Inclusivity, Interdisciplin- arity, Open Access, Open Process, Open SOurce, and Involvement of the Public.” —Eric Johnson
  17. 17. OPEN HUMANITIES ...Or democratizing production and consumption of humanities research. “The free sharing of historical information… helps solve social problems relating to collective memory and public history.” —George Mason University
  18. 18. DIGITAL HUMANITIES A conduit between the public and the academy? “It serves to make humanities research into something of a new multi- player online game with global reach and relevance.” —Anne Burdick
  19. 19. DIGITAL HUMANITIES ...or a new kind of multivocal conversation that the public can Join “collaborating with communities… envisioning new ways of interacting with our many publics —University of Iowa
  20. 20. PUBLIC HUMANITIES Supporting students and faculty who connect the public to history, art, and culture
  21. 21. PUBLIC HUMANITIES Supporting organizations that explore, preserve, and interpret cultural heritage
  22. 22. PUBLIC HUMANITIES ...or helping communities make culture meaningful, useful and accessible
  23. 23. PUBLIC HUMANITIES making colleges and universities “agents and architects of a flourishing democracy.”
  24. 24. PUBLIC HUMANITIES “building bridges to a wide range of local and regional institutions and their respective publics.” —Yale Public Humanities making colleges and universities “agents and architects of a flourishing democracy.”
  25. 25. PUBLIC HUMANITIES “Public humanities means cultural work in the public interest and liberal arts education for democracy.”  —Michigan State Public Humanities making colleges and universities “agents and architects of a flourishing democracy.”
  26. 26. Six Suggestions Shared authority Public scholarship Work with community organizations Collaborate with artists Think digital Teach practical skills
  27. 27. Six Suggestions Shared authority Public scholarship Work with community organizations Collaborate with artists Think digital Teach practical skills
  28. 28. Six Suggestions Shared authority Public scholarship Work with community organizations Collaborate with artists Think digital Teach practical skills
  29. 29. Six Suggestions Shared authority Public scholarship Work with community organizations Collaborate with artists Think digital Teach practical skills
  30. 30. Six Suggestions Shared authority Public scholarship Work with community organizations Collaborate with artists Think digital Teach practical skills
  31. 31. Six Suggestions Shared authority Public scholarship Work with community organizations Collaborate with artists Think digital Teach practical skills
  32. 32. Six Suggestions Shared authority Public scholarship Work with community organizations Collaborate with artists Think digital Teach practical skills
  33. 33. Thanks

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