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Mellonite Synecdoche

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...

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Cocktail Party Mellonites

Ask us for one word, for this moment now, roughly 7pm at the Thursday evening cocktail party, June 21st, aka the Solstice, International Yoga Day, and Katharina’s birthday, and we’ll say:

 

Generative.

Lighting the mood.

Diversity & resilience.

Passion.

Lovely.

Joy.

Anger.

Sunshine.

Dystopia.

Sí.

Nice driveway.

Bubble.

Sacrum.

Performance anxiety

Times Two.

Mellifluous.

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Great Reckonings in (and on) Little Boxes

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.

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