Public Humanities Fellows
The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by the the New York Council for the Humanities in partnership with the University at Buffalo and six other humanities centers to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop scholars’ skills for doing public work, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State.
The year-long fellowship includes training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and work by the Fellows to explore the public dimensions of their own scholarship in partnership with community organizations serving public audiences.
Click here for application information for the 2018-2019 Public Humanities Fellowship.
The public humanities as a connector between the scholarly research of our universities and the grassroots work of our community organizations is one clear path forward in these tumultuous times. The awarded projects that will be explored by UB’s two Public Humanities Fellows in 2017-2018 both seek to advance community conversations and amplify marginalized voices.
In “Our City, Our Selves: Migrant Perspectives,” Tanja Aho, Department of Transnational Studies, will engage Buffalo’s refugee and migrant populations to gain their perspectives on the city’s future and their role in the economic revitalization of the area. By offering a writing seminar in partnership with an area refugee services organization, Tanja will facilitate the authoring of op-ed pieces for publication in local media.
Angela Veronica Wong from the Department of English will undertake the project “Recovering Black Newspapers to Build Cross-Racial Community in Buffalo”; examining how Buffalo’s black newspapers positioned U.S. civil rights in the context of cross-racial solidarity from 1930-1970.
Veronica will work with area youth to curate an exhibition of archived articles that will be the basis of a community conversation examining these legacies within the current social, economic, and racial dynamics of Buffalo.
By their nature, public humanities projects may evolve as the participants grow and shape the course of the work. We look forward to Spring 2018 when HI will host the 2017-2018 Public Humanities Fellows Talk (free and open to the public).