Congratulations to our newest mini grant awardees! The Council is pleased to announce 6 awards from the November mini-rant cycle totaling $10,500 to the following public humanities projects.
The humanities provide us with the tools to listen deeply, value differing perspectives, and broaden our world views. As 2016 comes to a close it can seem like the days on the calendar are flipping by at warp speed which is why we were honored to spend last week embarking on Sensory Week Newport – […]
Writer and historian Jane Gerhard takes us on a journey—exploring how the Aurea Ensemble’s blending of poetry and music weaves together a whole new kind of concert experience—asking audience members to suspend the urge to know, “what they are supposed to think,” in favor of enjoying the experience as a method for reflection and connection. “This is no mere sound collage or sentimental voice over,” Gerhard says. “The juxtaposition is far more dynamic than that.”
November 2016 • Congratulations to NEMA Excellence Award winners Marjory O’Toole of the Little Compton Historical Society and Lorén Spears of the Tomaquag Museum!
This month the Humanities Council joined forces with the Providence Athenaeum’s Salon Series to bring us writer Akiko Busch to share her thoughts on the 21st century essay and how it offers a form by which to link personal experience and observation with larger, more universal stories. Watch this space for a forthcoming podcast with the author.
On Thursday, October 6, 2016 – the Council honored Tom Roberts, senior lecturer in History at the Rhode Island School of Design and founding executive director of the Council, Lorén Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, Providence Children’s Film Festival, and Marta Martínez, executive director of Rhode Island Latino Arts, during the Celebration of the […]
Join historian and writer Jane Gerhard as she explores the ecological, social, industrial, and cultural history of her very own neighborhood through a whole new lens thanks to the essay in film and sound created by artists Erik Gould and Erik Carlson for this series. Follow along and stay tuned for a podcast interview with the artists coming soon.
To commemorate the Prize and its place in public humanities, the Council is staging conversations across the state about the Essay– the nature, purpose and contours of the essay genre in the 21st century and within that, showcasing programming that pays special attention to questions of the environment. Historian and writer Jane Gerhard broadens the discussion to include all kinds of climates while reflecting on a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and memoirist Margo Jefferson.
Explore the transformations in journalism, interactivity, and engagement that are all part of the 21st Century Essay as historian and writer Jane Gerhard reflects on her experience at the groundbreaking The Essay in Public: The Way We Work conference in March 2016. Part of the What is the 21st Century Essay? Pulitzer in RI series, the conference was hosted by the University of Rhode Island and organized by Brown University, URI, and The New School.
As part of the Pulitzer Prize-inspired commemorative series, “What is the 21st Century Essay?”, historian and writer Jane Gerhard will be blogging for the Council on the changing nature of journalism and the humanities in the digital age, with a focus on environmental issues and their relevance to our health, communities, and economy. You can read her inaugural post here.