public humanities encompass a range of activities from public
scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration to civic engagement and
service-learning. The resources below, both at UF and beyond, can
support faculty in pursuing engaged teaching, research, and service on
levels ranging from local to national.
The University of Florida is proud to be a member-institution of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA), a consortium of colleges and universities committed to strengthening public scholarship and practice in the arts, humanities, and design. All UF faculty and graduate students are invited to participate in Imagining America, e.g., by attending or presenting work at the annual conference, participating in funded research collaboratories, contributing to the Public: A Journal of Imagining America, or participating in the PAGE program (Publicly Active Graduate Education).
**Please join the UF Imagining America listserv at UFImaginingAmerica-L@lists.ufl.edu to be alerted to updates.
We invite you to view the UF Imagining America blog, showcasing work in these areas: http://ufhumanities.tumblr.com/
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Recent UF Projects in the Public Humanities
We maintain a list of faculty and graduate student funding opportunities for supporting public programs, library resources, and engaged scholarly research and teaching in the humanities on a separate page.
Jellyfishsmack Productions (an independent production company founded by UF Documentary Institute Graduates)
To seek collaborators, faculty and students can create searchable records in the UF Research Expertise Database, UF VIVO Community, and UF Global Gators. The established groups below also welcome new participants across disciplines to tackle major policy-related questions:
The following book series publish manuscripts for scholars and community audiences:
The following refereed journal outlets feature publicly-engaged scholarship:
Journal of Experiential Education: A publication of the Association for Experiential Education
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement: A publication of the Office of the Vice President for Public Service & Outreach, The University of Georgia
Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning: A publication from the Ginsberg Center at the University of Michigan
The Public Historian: Published for the National Council on Public History
Digital, open-access, and other publishing opportunities enable wide dissemination of humanities scholarship:
The Academic Minute - The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. In addition to being broadcast widely on radio stations around the country, each segment is posted daily on Inside Higher Ed and across The Academic Minute’s and AAC&U’s social media portals.
A growing number of organizations are developing guidelines to assess public humanities work in tenure and promotion:
UF also recognizes publicy-engaged scholarship with annual awards:
Scholarship of Engagement Awards (College of Education) - university-wide nominations solicited each spring
National Council on Public History (“a membership association dedicated to making the past useful in the present and to encouraging collaboration between historians and their public”)
National Endowment for the Humanities (“serves and strengthens our Republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans”)
National Humanities Alliance ("a non-profit organization to advance national humanities policy in the areas of research, education, preservation and public programs")
National Humanities Center (“seeks to insure the continuing strength of the liberal arts and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American life”)
National Humanities Institute ("promotes research, publishing, and teaching in the humanities, with emphasis on the ethical preconditions and purposes of culture and society, the centrality of personal freedom and creativity, and the historical nature of human existence")
Resource Guide for Public Humanities (Brown University Library)
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere would be grateful for any information regarding additional links we should add to this page. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with updates.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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University of Florida
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