Public Humanities Collaborative is a New Component of Summer Research Program

Trinity Students and Faculty Will Work with Hartford Partners During 10-Week Program

​Hartford, Connecticut, April 17, 2018—The Public Humanities Collaborative (PHC), a new component of Trinity’s Summer Research Program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will bring together students, faculty, and Hartford-area humanities partners to explore themes in the humanities and creatively engage both scholarly and public audiences. 

Trinity students, local Hartford hip-hop pioneers, and Associate Professor of History and International Studies Seth Markle share the stage for a conversation about the digital stories students created in Fall 2017. ​Read more about this discussion here.
Through this program, students will have the opportunity to engage with multiple methods and contexts for creating new knowledge in the humanities by participating in small teams that work on faculty scholarship, on partners’ public humanities projects, and meet regularly to learn about community collaboration and digital tools. For this inaugural summer, more than 50 students applied, and PHC selected 16 students to work on eight faculty and eight public humanities projects, with each student receiving a $3,500 stipend as well as summer housing during this 10-week program. The Public Humanities Collaborative is coordinated by Megan Faver Hartline, associate director of community learning at Trinity College.


Hartford Organizations’ Public Humanities Projects:

The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, “What We Wore”

    Community Partner: Frank Mitchell, Executive Director and Curator; Stacy Pringle, Administrative and Curatorial Assistant

    Trinity Students: Aboubacar Bakayoko ‘20 and Lucy Pereira ‘20


Connecticut Landmarks, “Reimagining the Main Street History Center at the Butler-McCook House and Garden”

    Community Partner: Jana Colacino, Hartford Educator and Project Manager

    Trinity Students: Tiara Desire-Brisard ‘19 and Kent Shi ‘20

 

Connecticut Public Affairs Network, “Civic Action Lab & Makerspace”

    Community Partner: Sally Whipple, Executive Director of Connecticut’s Old State House

    Trinity Students: Anneliese Pedro ‘20 and Will Rubin ‘20

 

Connecticut State Library, “Civic Engagement in the First World War”

    Community Partner: Christine Pittsley

    Trinity Students: Megan Caljouw ‘20 and Melani Norsigian ‘20

 

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, "Action Lab Initiative"

    Community Partners: Katie Burton, Program Coordinator; Shannon Burke, Director of Education

    Trinity Students: Elisabed Gedevanishvili ‘20 and Giana Moreno ‘20

 

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, "Ten ArtiFACTS that tell the Hartford Jewish Community story"

    Community Partner: Estelle Kafer, Executive Director

    Trinity Students: Jenna Gershman ‘20 and John Lawson ‘20

 

True Colors, Inc., “Promoting Digital Stories of the LGBTQ Community”

    Community Partner: Ira Revels, Project Manager of Gay Spirit Radio Archive

    Trinity Students: Archie Chen ‘19 and Peace Kabari ‘20

 

West Indian Social Club/West Indian Foundation, “Archives and Public Discourses: Immigration Narratives from Connecticut’s West Indian Diaspora, 1940-2010”

    Community Partner: Fiona Vernal

    Trinity Students: Kyle Fields ‘21 and Jerry Rodriguez ‘20

 

Trinity Faculty Research Projects:

Christina Boyles, “Hurricane Memorial: Remembering Maria & San Felipe”

    Trinity Students: Kyle Fields ‘21 and Jerry Rodriguez ‘20

 

Glenn Falk, “Haddam Jail Legal History Project”

    Trinity Students: Jenna Gershman ‘20 and John Lawson ‘20

 

Cheryl Greenberg, “African American Views on Gay Marriage”

    Trinity Students: Archie Chen ‘19 and Peace Kabari ‘20

 

Sara Kippur, “French Novelists and the American Academy: A Digital Humanities Project”

    Trinity Students: Megan Caljouw ‘20 and Melani Norsigian ‘20

 

Garth Myers, “Rethinking Urbanism: Lessons from Postcolonial Studies and the Global South”

    Trinity Students: Aboubacar Bakayoko ‘20, Elisabed Gedevanishvili ‘20, and Giana Moreno ‘20

 

Maurice Wade, “A Digital Archive of Caribbean Anti-Colonial Thought”

    Trinity Students: Anneliese Pedro ‘20 and Will Rubin ‘20

 

Chloe Wheatley, “Poetry On the Page & In the Archives”

    Trinity Students: Tiara Desire-Brisard ‘19 and Kent Shi ‘20

 

Abigail Fisher Williamson, “Urban Responses to Immigration”

    Trinity Student: Lucy Pereira ‘20

 

For more information on the Public Humanities Collaborative, including how you can propose a project in the future, contact Megan Hartline

Written by Megan HartlineAssociate Director, Community Learning Initiative