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



rbtaggueg

Into the Field

I actually had my first experience going into the field last week!  I went out and conducted a needs assessment for the organization I partnered with.  I honestly don’t know what I expected, as my previous experience with giving out surveys had generally revolved around collecting them online.  Doing surveys in-person was definitely not something in [Read More]

06.08.2017    
mgsanchez

The summer is almost here.. What am I looking forward to?

This summer has been long anticipated. I am very excited to have the time to just fully focus on my field research and on my Mellon Public Scholarship project. This allows me to have a ‘free’ and open schedule to participate in various events and meet with different people. At the same time, I am [Read More]

06.01.2017    
gracekuipers

Into the Field

I’m actually going out this weekend into the “field” this weekend, which is, for me, both proverbial and literal. The site, where I will be both working and living, is a grassy clearing in a state forest in Sonoma county. As I anticipate this trip, I’ve been thinking about the tensile relationship between the twin [Read More]

06.01.2017    
cmari008

What to expect in the field? What am I bringing with me?

As summer approaches and we begin to turn our proposed projects into reality, I personally am beginning to question what problems I might expect in working with the local publics with such a politically sensitive topic. What biases will I encounter, and how can I prepare to address them myself? How will my own position [Read More]

06.01.2017    
dmahadevan

Collaboration and Report writing.

I will be starting with California Arts council soon. I have been having difficulty in getting them to respond to my queries. While they are friendly and helpful they take longer to respond to queries. Given, the information I have with me, I will be taking my skills as a collaborator, management graduate and researcher [Read More]

06.01.2017    
borona

Accomplishments for the Summer

This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. As I enter into the summer working for the Oak Park Neighborhood Association I hope to accomplish many things. I hope to help the community build capacity to tell their own stories, I hope to make connections with people within the City of Sacramento, and [Read More]

06.01.2017    
Alana Stein

A Summer Full of Plans and the Unknown

At this point in the class, I feel that I have spent a considerable amount of time planning my summer project. However, it always seems as if more time could be spent. Between listening to the experiences of past Mellon Public Scholars and listening to other professionals discuss their dissertation projects in another class, I [Read More]

06.01.2017    
jetinonga

Moving Forward (But Not Alone)

As I move from discussing and theorizing my specific project and community-engaged scholarship, I expect to keep learning. I anticipate discovering a lot about the type of research I’m going to do (techniques for gathering data, strategies for finding difficult-to-find organizations, skills for using map and database tools) as well as knowledge about working in [Read More]

05.31.2017    
cjrichardson

What’s in a summer?

What’s in a summer? I went home over the weekend, I met with several members of my speech community. There was lots to talk about… And I realized, my IRB protocol might be a moot point. After all, my Culturally Responsive Curriculum Development work (scheduled to take place at 1-4 pod sessions along the Klamath [Read More]

05.20.2017    
dtenoriog

A summer to think about…

There are many tasks that can be accomplished during this summer for my Mellon Scholarship. As the quarter swiftly moves to an end, the task of organizing a collaborative research agenda can be daunting and overwhelming, especially when we also have other responsibilities on campus, such as teaching, research, etc. For my project, I have [Read More]

05.12.2017    
genlara

What can I accomplish during a summer?

What can I accomplish during a summer? The question of what is possible to accomplish during a summer is a complicated question. I think considering the personal and communal relations most have with our projects, it is expected that we might have some overambitious goals for this summer. For example, one of my goals is [Read More]

05.12.2017    
rbtaggueg

What can I do over a summer?

I’d love to say that there is SO much I can do over a summer (and truly, there is a lot we can get accomplished), but the reality is, there are hurdles and delays that complicate our time commitments. However, despite the hurdles, it doesn’t mean I can’t be optimistic.  Right now my plan is [Read More]

05.11.2017    
gracekuipers

The Nebulous Boundaries of a Summer Checklist

This week I have been thinking about the challenges of undertaking a public humanities project for a summer and what I can realistically accomplish. While we’re all here because we believe in the importance of public scholarship, public scholarship and particularly public humanities projects can suffer from being broad, ambitious, and, at times, nebulous in [Read More]

05.11.2017    
cmari008

What Can I Do Over a Summer?

This week we have been asked to question what can we do over a summer–the question, I think, not only being what we can conceivably accomplish with regards to a particular project, but what kind of change we can effect for the community and public with whom we are working. For what can I accomplish with [Read More]

05.11.2017    
Alana Stein

The difficulties of planning a realistic summer project

Making feasible plans is central to public scholarship. As I work to plan my project, I am very concerned about planning a feasible project that will still provide meaningful benefits to Yolo County Food Bank. I think project management is a crucial skill to develop for public scholars. Although project management and planning are important [Read More]

05.10.2017    
jetinonga

What can I do over a summer?

This is a tough question to answer, especially since I think the central question for me is: what can we do over a summer? Our readings have emphasized the idea of collaboration and exchange in community-engaged work, so while I can set goals for myself, I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that [Read More]

05.10.2017    
cjrichardson

Identity Medley

Week 1) Native American “educational goals [are] profound—to produce competent, caring adults—and consequences for failure [are] equally profound.  The ultimate test of each human educational system is a people’s survival (Lomawaima, K. & McCarty, T.; To Remain An Indian, 2006).” What is “Public Scholarship” in relation to educational paradigms in existence, and I do mean [Read More]

04.28.2017    
jkhope

Why am I here?

The prompt for this week’s blog and readings have compelled me to do some reflecting on my trajectory and everything that I have done to get to this point. I first knew I wanted to be a historian while in the 10th grade. I had the opportunity to take classes at my local community college—Contra [Read More]

04.27.2017    
dmahadevan

Why am I here- Universe, United States, Performance Studies, Mellon public scholarship…

Why am I here? This to me was a very broad question. ‘Here’ could start from a very philosophical point of view of being the world or the universe itself. At this level I am at the level of humanity, we can all ask the same question. The following few interpretations of the word ‘here’ [Read More]

04.27.2017    
gracekuipers

Why am I here?

I’m from an academic family. I know how to handle academics, talk to them, and understand what they’re saying, most of the time. But I have to admit, since starting to take graduate-level humanities courses, a lot of language has felt needlessly opaque, like an insider’s club of alienating discourses. Especially at a time when [Read More]

04.27.2017    
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