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. Boot camps 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 boot camps.
Visiting scholars and practitioners who have deep engagement in public humanities will serve as boot camp instructors. 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