The Public Humanities Series (2013-14)

What are the Public Humanities?

The Humanities Education Focal Group, together with the Division of Literature, Cultures and Languages, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Office of Community Engagement, are pleased to announce a new series of roundtables and speakers on the topic of the Public Humanities.

  • How do we conceptualize and frame service in the humanities?
  • How can it become a more integrated part of our lives as humanists?
  • How might understanding teaching and research as service affect the sort of work that we do?

This series of speakers and discussions will explore the various facets of public service and how it can be incorporated into academic work.

Please check back as we continue to update our schedule for Winter and Spring quarters!


Oct. 29th. Roundtable Discussion: What is Public Service in the Humanities? 

12:00pm, Bldg 260, Rm 252

A discussion of Julie Ellison's "The New Public Humanists," with

  •  Cynthea Geerdes, Office of Community Engagement
  • Julie Reed, the Haas Center
  • Roland Hsu, The Humanities Center 

RSVP here.


Nov. 22. Research as Service: The Lacuna Stories Project, Amir Eshel and Brian Johnsrud (Stanford)

12:00pm, Bldg 260, Rm 252
How can we create public spaces for research and community-engaged learning?

Feb. 3. Teaching as Service: Emily Auerbach, Director and Founder of the Odyssey Project (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

12:00pm, Room TBA

  • Can the humanities effect change in the lives of others?
  • What is our role as teachers?
  • How can we make pulic service integral to our profession?


April [Exact Date TBA] Professionalizing Service: Bruce Burgett, Director of the Certificate Program in Pulic Humanities (University of Washington) 

12:00pm: Lunch Discussion

2:00pm : Grad Student Workshop