At the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ömür Harmanşah asks his students to review the Humanities for All website in his “The Politics of Archaeology and Heritage in the Middle East” course. The goal is to provide an overview of the publicly engaged humanities and to reflect on the role of the humanities in addressing pressing global issues. At the University of Pittsburgh, Dan Kubis assigns the Humanities for All website in his “Public Humanities Seminar.” Exploration of the site served as the basis for a virtual meeting with NHA Deputy Director Beatrice Gurwitz and Humanities for All Project Director Daniel Fisher, discussing publicly engaged humanities work and how to make the case for the humanities in higher education.
Since launching the site in July, we have been pleased to see the website used in coursework to:
- Provide an accessible entry point into the publicly engaged humanities—searchable, sortable, and illustrated with a collection of essays and in-depth case studies.
- Explore the value of publicly engaged humanities scholarship and find models, partners, or mentors for their practice of publicly engaged humanities scholarship.
- Broaden the horizons of disciplinary inquiry for students and for faculty.
As campuses across the country begin a new semester, we are interested in learning how the Humanities for All website has been integrated into coursework.
If you are—or are considering—assigning or discussing the Humanities for All website in an undergraduate and graduate course, we want to hear from you. We would also be happy to arrange virtual meetings with your classes. Please be in touch with the Humanities for All project director, Daniel Fisher.
Thumbnail image: Students gather for a practitioner roundtable discussion at the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship's 2017 Institute for Social Change, a four-day intensive summer program at the University of Michigan. Image courtesy of the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship.