Welcome to the Public Humanities Clinic

at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University offers free assistance to cultural organizations and individuals working to present humanities projects and programs to the public. The aim of the Public Humanities Clinic is to foster excellence in humanities-based programs, exhibits, and community initiatives by providing advice and facilitating connections between people, including colleagues, consultants, public humanities students, and scholars.

What types of projects can the Public Humanities Clinic help me with?

  • Oral history projects, including temporary loan of digital recording equipment
  • Collections planning, care, and interpretation
  • Exhibition concept and planning
  • Program development
  • Historic house museum interpretation and sustainability
  • Some Web-based applications, including blogs, Flickr, FaceBook, and Twitter

How does it work?

  • Initial Consultation: Make an appointment to talk to someone at the clinic about your public humanities challenges. The staff at the Public Humanities Clinic and the students in Brown University’s public humanities program have a wide-range of experience working and collaborating with public humanities institutions. During our initial consultation, we listen to your ideas and provide direction and advice.
  • Specialized Expertise: Following the initial consultation, clinic staff may recommend and assist with additional consultation from a specialized independent humanities professional. Please view our Consulting Partners.
  • Student assistance:  A student from Brown University’s public humanities program will assist with the coordination of your clinic experience. The student will attend all meetings, gather information about the project and the institution, collaborate with consultants, write project case studies, and may assist with implementation of the project.
  • Public Humanities Clinic website: The Public Humanities Clinic website includes links to useful articles, blogs and discussion groups, a public humanities digital “toolbox,” and a list of consultants specializing in a full range of services.

To schedule an initial consultation about your public humanities challenges, email publichumanities@brown.edu, or call 401-863-1177.

January 20, 2010