American Studies

Public Humanities

The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage’s innovative M.A. program, engaged research, and innovative conferences help students, practitioners and communities make the humanities meaningful and accessible.

The Center, founded as the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization in 1979 and part of Brown University since 1995, offers:

  • The leading graduate program in public humanities.The M.A. in Public Humanities prepares students to work in museums, historical societies, state and federal humanities and cultural resource agencies, and community cultural development organizations.
  • A range of courses in topics including digital humanities, museum skills, informal learning, cultural policy and nonprofit management, and community and public art
  • A series of innovative conferences that bring together faculty, students, and practitioners locally, nationally and internationally
  • innovative engaged scholarship disseminated through academic publications, online and social media, and public exhibitions
  • Public engagement initiatives, both physical and virtual, that connect students and faculty with communities to serve both educational and community needs
  • Installations and interpretive programs in the Public Humanities Gallery and elsewhere in the Providence area
  • Collaborative projects developed with other departments and centers at Brown and with local, national, and international cultural, arts, and educational institutions

The Brown Center for Public Humanities defines public humanities through our teaching, projects, and publications.