Summer Institutes in Public Humanities

Thank you to everyone who came to New Hampshire to participate in our first UNH Summer INstitute in Public Humanities! 

Please check back on this page in the winter for information about our 2020 Summer Institute in Public Humanities, which will take place June 1-5, 2020 in Portsmouth, NH.


Click here for 2019-2020 Project Seed Money Application Form (due 8/15)

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Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the week-long institutes, or boot camps, in public humanities will be convened in the summers of 2019, 2020, and 2021.  Summer institutes will ground humanities faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the intellectual rationale, history, foundational skills, and prospects for doing engaged work in the humanities.  The New England Humanities Consortium will co-sponsor the programs. 

Visiting scholars and practitioners who have deep engagement in public humanities will serve as instructors and presenters. The program will encompass thoughtful considerations of what we mean by “the public good" and how to communicate and collaborate beyond the academy.

The week’s program will include:

  • establishing an intellectual context for public work in the humanities
  • developing skills such as communicating with the public, understanding how to build sustainable collaborations with community organizations and colleagues, and fund-raising
  • creating scholarly projects that help advance the work of public partners while also contributing to the scholar’s career
  • examining case studies of successful public humanities projects
  • considering "grand challenges" and cultural diversity program opportunities
  • integrating engagement and public work in teaching and academic programs, as well as developing strategies for connecting engaged work with promotion and tenure standards