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CCA Public Humanities Working Group Event

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 04:00pm - 05:30pm




"Rediscovering our Humanity: Reading the Classics Behind Bars and Beyond"

October 29, 4-5:30pm

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Professor Emily Allen-Hornblower (Classics, Rutgers) will moderate an evening of public conversation along with one of her formerly incarcerated students, Mr. Marquis Mc Cray. The event will include the performance of excerpts from Greek tragedies by two seasoned New York City theater actors to ground the moderated discussion to follow, about the role of the emotions in our lives, and the Humanity we all share. The ancient works will serve as an opening for dialogue regarding the life of the incarcerated before, during, and after prison, and the interconnectedness between all of us that storytelling and classical literature can bring to light.

The event is made possible with the support of a Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant and the Center for Cultural Analysis.

About the CCA Public Humanities Working Group 

This working group includes scholars from across the Rutgers campuses who are interested in the Public Humanities. Cross-departmental and interdisciplinary by nature, this working group focuses on building communication between the university community, the scholarship it generates, and diverse publics. The group hosts seminars, lectures, and other events focusing on the relevance of the humanities in contemporary public life, acting as a forum for graduate students and faculty who are interested in learning more about the public humanities to be introduced to key concepts and debates in the field.  Topics addressed range from community outreach, public writing, project management, experiential learning and engaged pedagogy, digital humanities and beyond. This working group is conceived of as an adjunct to graduate students’ traditional classroom instruction in the humanities, to connect them with the expertise of faculty and local public humanists, and motivate reciprocal collaboration outside of the academic sphere.  Ultimately, this working group seeks to explore the variety of ways that humanities scholarship can be co-created alongside, shared with, and generated for a wider variety of audiences.

Co-organizers: Kristin O'Brassill-Kulfan (History), Meredith McGill (English), Swathi Gorle (Art History)