A few thoughts for you as you develop the syllabus for Introduction to Public Humanities:
- Readings that must stay (or, readings I found to be incredibly important):
- Silencing the Past (or some portion of it, to encourage a real dialogue about what we hide and what we own up to in the recording of history)
- Ask A Slave series (to push us to think about how we share information, what ways work, & what ways don’t)
- The Painted King (I think this is a valuable place to think about how we enter and work in unfamiliar spaces, and I think a framework of race & class needs to be applied to this for it to be a rewarding conversation)
- Things I would have liked to see more of:
- In-depth discussions and readings about the impact, importance, and difficulties of confronting race, class, gender, socioeconomic status, and other forms of politics in the Public Humanities.
- One last thought: I suppose the aim of this course was to define Public Humanities and I have been able to do that on a personal scale. However, I would have loved to do that in an interactive discussion, over time, and in writing. Perhaps that means drafting a definition together in class and returning to it now and again, changing it and relating it to whatever we are covering in class. I think that could have helped center our discussions in a really healthy way.