Encounters with brilliant minds and generous hearts inspire, baffle, stimulate questions and cultivate answers that yield more questions, a process of spinning reflection. For two weeks in June 2018, Mellonites from all over the world convened at Farkus Hall to hear from successful practitioners of public humanities, people who engage audiences via digital media, trade books, MOOCs, journalism, op-ed pieces, magazine articles, and other tools. These leaders candidly shared personal struggles, setbacks, doubts, and ultimately successes. Mellonites listened to each other as well, as we...
The second week of the Mellon School has, so far, seen us explore in greater detail some of the assumptions underpinning this year's theme of public humanities. Tuesday found us returning, in particular, to the question of who exactly constitutes the 'public' we keep referring to?... Read more about Questioning the "Public" in Public Humanities
On the first floor of the Harvard Art Museums in the Social Realism gallery is David Alfaro Siqueiros’ El Fin del Mundo. Red and orange flames creep from behind a large stone edifice, with a small and solitary human figure in the foreground, arms cast upward in a gesture of terror or helplessness. ... Read more about On crumbling edifices and what’s to be done.
Sarah Bay-Cheng’s visit to Mellon School 2018 offered attendees (are we Mellonites? Mellonheads?) an occasion to think seriously about the digital as framework through which to understand our efforts at public engagement. In brief, her lively talk sketched out the interplay between the persisting figure of the box set and interventions from the world of contemporary art and performance into our increasingly thoroughgoing digital culture.