Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere


Washington, DC



June 30, 2019 - July 28, 2019 (4 weeks)


Summer Program

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Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere is an in-depth exploration of museums and curated cultural collections around Washington D.C. The Institute approaches museums as sites for interdisciplinary inquiry into advances in humanistic and scientific research. These explorations are guided by weekly lectures and seminars led by six visiting faculty and a visiting artist, working together with local museum specialists. Complemented by excellent library resources, and targeted museum visits as case studies, the Institute is guided by the principle that museums offer windows on the educational, ethical, and cultural debates that define the humanities today.

Project Director(s)

Karen Bassi; Gretchen Henderson

Visiting Faculty

Kurt Fendt; Barbara Kirsenblatt-Ginsburg; Steven Lubar; Elaine Gurian; Amanda Cobb-Greetham; Amelia Wong; Darren Waterston; Lee Glazer

Grantee Institution

University of California at Santa Cruz

Funded through the Division of Education Programs