As someone who comes from a post-war society and who moved a lot, I have been thinking about migration, exile, and the meaning of narrative for as long as I remember. This year’s Mellon School has introduced wonderful new ideas and a whole new set of questions that I am greatly inspired by and will continue to grapple with long after our seminar is over.... Read more about In Search of Closure
A big part of my Mellon School experience so far has been the seminar with Ju Yon Kim. Revisiting some texts I had read before and putting them in conversation with new ones has been fruitful especially in terms of the discussion it has generated.... Read more about Migration Theory and Performance: Some images
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.