Emphasizing critical perspective and imaginative response, the humanities...foster creativity, appreciation of our commonalities and our differences, and knowledge of all kinds.

-- American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Heart of the Matter



Rachel Reeves

FAQ: Mellon Public Scholars Program 2017

Frequently Asked Questions   So you want to apply to the Mellon Public Scholars Program. Great! Below we have answered some of our frequently asked questions. Please also take a look at our call for proposals and contact our program manager, Rachel Reeves with any questions: rlreeves@ucdavis.edu.   Applications are due January 4, 2017 by [Read More]

12.21.2016    
Rachel Reeves

Update: Interactive Map of Akwesasne Mohawk Territory

From 2016 Public Scholar, Loren Michael Mortimer Niawen: Saying Thank You For Mohawks, the importance of history begins with the Ohenten Kariwatekwen. While Ohenten Kariwatekwen translates into English as “The Thanksgiving Address,” the literal Mohawk rendering means “the thing we say before everything else.” When Mohawks recite this ancient greeting, they express gratitude to one [Read More]

09.27.2016    
Rachel Reeves

Update: Voices from a Mexican Women’s Prison

Voices from a Mexican Women’s Prison (We Tell Our Stories Through these Walls) Audrey Harris from UCLA sent in this update about her project: This summer, I headed to the Yucatán to teach and document a creative writing workshop in the women’s area of a prison (known as a Cereso, or Center for Social Reinsertion) [Read More]

09.20.2016    
Rachel Reeves

Update: The Maya Music Project

Two realizations brought Jared Katz to a central valley elementary school with a 3D printer and a handful of Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers: First: Even though many school children in the U. S.  have family in Mesoamerica and South America, the history of Mayan, Incan, and Aztec cultures often takes a back seat to lessons on [Read More]

08.02.2016    
Yessica Garcia

Ready, Set, Go!

My public scholar project Mariposa de Barrio is part of my dissertation research which examines the ways in which late singer Jenni Rivera’s fans, remember her locally (Long Beach, CA), transnationally (Mexico), and through cyber culture (YouTube and social media). I am interested in the intersections of music as a day-to-day listening practice in both digital [Read More]

08.02.2016    
Jennifer Sedell

Camaraderie in the Field

As I head into the field, I know I am not alone. Several overlapping circles of community come with me: the cohort of Mellon Public Scholars, staff and faculty mentors at UC Davis, and a community partner I trust. It has been enormously educational to hear how my cohorts are navigating both the logistics of [Read More]

08.02.2016    
Maggie Bell

Asking the Right Questions

It has been interesting to watch my questions change since the beginning of the Public Scholar seminar–both expanding, and becoming more focused. I have encountered many questions that I realized I hadn’t yet addressed in a rigorous way upon entering this program. For instance, our initial question “what is a public?”, made me consider more [Read More]

06.02.2016    
Michele Brewster

Into the field

I am already busy, working on research for the museum exhibition here in Southern California. I do feel much more prepared. The MOU process was especially helpful and productive, so I am grateful that assignment was in place. I am using nozbe.com in order to organize my tasks (Thank you, Cleve Justis!). That tool is [Read More]

06.02.2016    
Jonathan Favero

Looking Forward

I don’t fully know what to expect this summer, but I’m definitely eager to begin my work with the Positive Youth Justice Initiative. Being a rookie in public scholarship, I will certainly learn a great deal from working with people who share goals similar to my own, who are already at-work, meeting their goals and [Read More]

06.02.2016    
Simon Abramowitsch

Baggage

When I leave campus and head into the field, I will bring a trunk with me, the baggage of the academically trained, the baggage of all that I am. This baggage contains useful tools and useless tools. Perhaps we’ve started to figure out which might be which, and that education will continue—and useful/useless will certainly [Read More]

06.02.2016    
Audrey Harris

Yucatán Bound

During the course of this seminar, the work that we have done together visualizing and mapping out our projects through project frameworks and these blog posts, writing MOU’s and dialoging about them with our community partners, and considering the feasibility of the project has been very helpful to me. Beginning the project months in advance now [Read More]

06.02.2016    
Chelsea Escalante

Into the field

As the quarter wraps up, it is remarkable to look back and see the ways in which all of the individual projects have developed in a relatively short period of time. For me personally, in just a couple of weeks, I will begin my first interviews with former volunteers and will be simultaneously packing for [Read More]

06.02.2016    
Jared Katz

The Best Laid Plans: Unexpected Changes at a Late Date

This quarter has been very helpful for me in terms of thinking about and organizing a community outreach program. Many of my questions and concerns have been answered and alleviated. I have, however, had some problems that I did not previously anticipate. For example, I feel confident in the curriculum I have designed, and I [Read More]

06.02.2016    
Kendra Dority

Into the Field

Looking back to our first Public Scholars seminar meeting at the end of March, I am reminded of a key question that remains important to me as I shift my attention toward the summer. When asked to consider who is the “public” of the “Public Humanities” in general and of our public-facing projects in particular, [Read More]

06.02.2016    
Loren Michael Mortimer

Living his(Stories)

Over Memorial Day weekend 2016, the community of Akwesasne gathered with local dignitaries to honor the last surviving WWII code talker with the Silver Congressional Star. Levi Oakes, aged 94, received long overdue recognition for his service to the United States following years of bureaucratic delays. The ceremony served as a poignant reminder that history [Read More]

06.02.2016    
Trisha Barua

Uncertainty about the Public Humanities

As the Mellon Public Scholars seminar comes to a close, I feel ambivalent about the public humanities. I’m simultaneously more confident in what I can accomplish over the summer and uncertain about what it means to be a scholar outside of a university setting. Through this seminar, I refined my understanding of how to work [Read More]

06.01.2016    
Stephanie Maroney

Locating Myself in the Debates

I really appreciate how the Public Scholars seminar has forefronted questions about what it means to work with/for various publics and the kinds of problematics that emerge at different scales of engagement. For me during this quarter, the class has also coincided with several conversations about bioethics in science and medicine. Early on in the [Read More]

06.01.2016    
Bridget Clark

Packing for the field

In approximately 27 days I will officially start my internship with the CEC. Taking pause from writing the last seminar paper of my graduate career, grading statistics homework, and compiling comprehensive exam reading lists, I am left contemplating what questions, skills, background knowledge I will bring with me into the field on that day. When [Read More]

06.01.2016    
Jared Katz

Racing the Clock: managing expectations of what can be done in one summer

While designing this outreach program, I have constantly had to remind myself that this workshop will only be seven to eight weeks long. Another important factor is that I will be working with middle school students, not college undergraduates. When designing the overall structure of the program, both of these constraints have proven to be [Read More]

05.19.2016    
Audrey Harris

Stones for Mérida

Because of low accountability, grant funds in academia are sometimes given and projects begun only to sink silently like stones in a still pond. Because this will be my last funded graduate student project, and because I know more now than I knew when I began this long process of obtaining my PhD, I want my [Read More]

05.19.2016    
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