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HISB has entered the growth field of Public Humanities, partnering with the New York Council for the Humanities to promote new kinds of connections between humanities research on campus and the communities that host and participate in it. With support from NYCH, we are proud to host two graduate fellows in Public Humanities per year, who work on projects geared towards common interests and issues in our locality, state and nation.

We’ve also begun an Undergraduate Humanities Club, geared to offer support and events for undergraduate humanities majors, beginning in Fall 2014. At two lunches per semester, members discuss issues and projects that can be pursued collectively or in smaller groups, and pursue opportunities to partner with professors on research projects and publications. Out of the UHC membership, one Undergraduate Intern per semester will receive course credit for helping to brainstorm, plan and execute town-gown events, such as the Community Conversations, funded with grants from the NYCH, that enable us to bring local, regional and state activists and audiences to campus in mutual deliberations on a range of issues, from environmental crisis to Native American and African-American historical relations on Long Island and their role in the Island’s 17th and 18th century status as a sugar colony.

It is hoped such initiatives will spur our Humanities and Social Science Departments on campus to develop Masters degrees in Public Humanities, which are in development in History and English, among others.


HISB Public Humanities Fellows Lecture -- Spring 2016

Allison Tyndall, Department of English
2014-2015 Fellow
“The Human Experience and King Lear: Community within and without the Text”
Tues., April 5, 2016 at 4pm, 1008 Humanities


In Shakespeare's famous staging of human suffering, the way people connect to one another is fundamentally redefined after traditional systems of order break down.  Tyndall discusses this reading of community in King Lear and her experiment using the text to connect her Introduction to Drama students to a high school for English Language Learners in the Bronx.


Allison Tyndall is a 2014-15 HISB public humanities fellow and a doctoral candidate in the Department of English, completing a dissertation on politics, community, and the common people in early modern English history plays.  She has participated in an NEH Summer Institute at Folger Shakespeare Library and presented work at Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Early Modern Studies Conference (UK), and the Northeast Conference on British Studies.


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