Interested in reading more about Public Humanities and the Arts, see these helpful collections.
- Help with determining the values that support public/community engagement: Values Sorter from HumetricsHSS
- Approaches to Training in the Public Humanities by the National Humanities Alliance
- Publishing Values-Based Scholarly Communications
- Guidelines for Evaluating Publicly Engaged Humanities Scholarship in Language and Literature Programs 2022 (Modern Language Association)
- “Universities claim to value community-engaged scholarship: So why do they discourage it?” is a new article by Marissa Bell and Neil Lewis Jr. in Public Understanding of Science exploring the barriers to doing publicly engaged research for scholars in science communication and science and technology studies. Barriers listed are similar to those experienced by many higher ed-based public humanists, including tenure and promotion requirements and lack of recognition and resources.
- "Creating Healthier Places with Art and Artists [pdf]." The Kresge Foundation recently launched a new creative placemaking resource to use when meeting with decision-makers. It outlines how creative approaches work, examples from the field, and action steps to enhance creative local solutions.
- In the new American Association of Colleges and Universities report “The Effects of Community-Based Engagement in Higher Education: What We Know and Questions that Remain,” the authors focus on the effects of various forms of community-based and civic engagement in higher education, identifying positive outcomes across six broad areas: increased personal and social responsibility; development of positive mindsets and dispositions; improved graduation and retention rates; learning gains; improved intellectual and practical skills; and increased career-related skills.
Articles & Books
- "What Funding Arts and Culture Can Do for Rural Communities" by Nhatt Nichols (April 26, 2023) addresses that government spending on arts often takes a back seat to more pressing needs, but these rural places show how investing in the arts can have far-reaching economic and civic benefits.
- "Digital History and the Politics of Digitization" is an article by Gerben Zaagsma in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities that proposes a framework through which to contextualize the politics of (digital) heritage preservation and a model to analyze its most important political dimensions, drawing upon literature from the digital humanities and history as well as archival, library, and information science.
- "Care During Pandemic Times: Digital Ethnography with Mental Health Professionals in Equatorial Guinea" is an article by Carolina Nve Diaz San Francisco that proposes opportunities for the discipline of public anthropology to aid in times of crisis, using a case study of her scholarship on care work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Sukhadia, Queenie."Everyone is No One: The ‘Public’ in ‘Public Humanities.'" Distributaries. Aug 26, 2022.
- Diane M. Doberneck, Chris R. Glass, and John H. Schweitzer. "Beyond Activity, Place, and Partner: How Publicly Engaged Scholarship Varies by Intensity of Activity and Degree of Engagement." Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. 4:2, 2011.
- Fisher, Daniel. “A Typology of the Publicly Engaged Humanities.” Humanities for All, National Humanities Alliance, 2021.
- Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University. Johns Hopkins UP, 2020.
- Jay, Gregory. “The Engaged Humanities: Principles and Practices of Public Scholarship and Teaching.” Imagining America, 2010.
- Levenson, Michael. The Humanities in Everyday Life: The Literary Agenda. Oxford UP, 2018.
Windholz, Jordan. “Going Public: Rethinking Engagement and Access through Local Partnerships,” Profession, Modern Language Association (Spring 2019) .
- Aagje Swinnen, Amanda Kluveld and Renée van de Vall, eds. Engaged Humanities: Rethinking Art, Culture, and Public Life (2022) is a new volume edited by Aagje Swinnen, Amanda Kluveld, and Renée van de Vall and published by Amsterdam University Press. This work presents accessible case studies that demonstrate what humanities scholars contribute to concrete and pressing social debates about topics including adoption, dementia, hacking, and conservation. These “engaged” forms of humanities research reveal the continued importance of thinking and rethinking the nature of art, culture, and public life.
- Cameron Cartiere and Anthony Schrag, eds.The Failures of Public Art and Participation (2022) is a new Routledge, Taylor and Francis volume edited by Cameron Cartiere and Anthony Schrag. The anthology brings together practicing artists, curators, activists, art writers, administrators, planners, and educators from around the world to offer differing perspectives on the many facets of failure in commissioning, planning, producing, evaluating, and engaging communities in the continually evolving field of art in the public realm. The volume includes case studies from the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Cuba, and Denmark, as well as discussions of digital public art collections.
- Suzanne Lacy's edited collection, Mapping The Terrain: New Genre Public Art (1994) and "New Genre Public Art" an overview by the Tate Museum
- Bartel, Anna Sims and Debra A. Castillo, eds. The Scholar as Human: Research and Teaching for Public Impact. Cornell UP, 2021.
- Smulyan, Susan, ed. Doing Public Humanities. Routledge, 2020.
- Humanities for All. National Humanities Alliance, 2021.
- Organization for Public Art
- Public Art Resource Center
“Mission.” 4Humanities: Advocating for the Humanities. 2021.
PLATFORM is an open digital venue for exchanging new ideas about working with, researching, teaching, and writing about buildings, spaces, and landscapes. As a public humanities venue committed to exploring urgent topics, PLATFORM has published Back To School 2022, a public humanities guide that showcases teachable articles they have previously published on pedagogy, social justice and equity, and creative solutions to precarity.
SJSU offers other opportunities for service learning and engaging with the surrounding community to serve those underrepresented or underserved communities.
- CommUnivCity SJSU
- Center for Community Learning & Leadership (offers faculty curriculum & research grants)
- Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change
- Office of Sustainability (offers curriculum development, project support, and events)