Lunchtime Showcase of Community Education and Public Learning Projects

Join the Center for the Humanities for a showcase of creative and innovative community-based projects and research developed from several different public humanities initiatives by students and scholars at CUNY.

Over two lunchtime sessions, Fellows from Humanities New York, the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, and recipients of the CUNY Adjunct Incubator will present their unique projects that combine digital and community engagement with artistic and academic methodologies. Join us Thu, Dec 9th at 12:30 for the second showcase focusing on community education and public learning projects.

Read about each student fellow or scholar, their public humanities projects, and the initiatives they stem from in detail below:

  • Tania Avilés Vergara (CUNY Adjunct Incubator recipient, is a PhD candidate in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures, Hispanic Sociolinguistics track, at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and adjunct professor at Lehman College)

    Project: Teaching and Learning Spanish at CUNY: Public Language Education Through Archival Resources advocates for the use of archives as open educational resources in the Spanish language class, in order to ground second language learning within the historical, social and linguistic experiences of CUNY students, and partners with CUNY archival institutions such as the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, the Dominican Studies Institute and the Mexican Studies, promoting their collections and educational programs in the classroom.
Image courtesy of the Collection The Bodega: A Cornerstone of Puerto Rican Barrios at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives. Hunter College, City University of New York.
  • Mariposa Fernandez (CUNY Adjunct Incubator recipient, teaches at the Herbert H. Lehman College in the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Africana Studies Department, as well as the Black Studies Program at The City College of New York)

    Project: The Be A Buddy (BaB) Multimedia Project: Stories of Strength from the South Bronx aims to document community and neighborhood resilience by gathering stories of strength in the South Bronx (using photography and digital technology to document oral interviews, and offering free creative writing workshops) and explore the impact and effectiveness of THE POINT CDC’s mutual aid projects and the community building efforts of neighbors taking care of each other from 2018 to the present pandemic.
THE POINT CDC’s mutual aid projects and the community building efforts
  • Kendra Krueger (CUNY Adjunct Incubator recipient, Advanced Science Research Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

    Project: The Community Sensor Lab
    is a space for DIY community science and advocacy which seeks to equip youth and community members with research tools and STEAM skills to better advocate for local policy change on public health and environmental justice.

    Kendra Krueger (left) and Ricardo Toledo-Crow (right), co-founders of The Community Sensor Lab, work with CUNY students Samaiyah Morgan (Laguardia Community College) and Peter Christakos (City College of New York) as part of the ASRC’s Community Sensor Lab.
  • Luke Elliott-Negri (Humanities NY Fellow and a PhD student in the Sociology Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY)

    Project: Human Politics seeks to humanize and demystify politics, politicians, and political decision-making through short interviews (typically just 10 minutes) with individuals who are, broadly defined, politically active.

  • Michelle Gaspari (CUNY Adjunct Incubator recipient, PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology, Anthropology, and Women and Gender Studies at Baruch College, and a Co-Organizer at The CUNY Adjunct Project)

    : The Adjunctification of Higher Education: A Guided Syllabus is a multimedia digital pedagogical toolkit for faculty to teach about adjunct welfare and precarity at CUNY.

  • Nga Than (Digital Publics Fellow for the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research and doctoral candidate in the Sociology Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY)

    : Voices of the Gig Economy is a podcast created and curated by students of the Sociology of the Gig Economy course at Hunter College, Fall 2020. Students interviewed gig economy workers and asked them about their lived experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Through the lens of the workers, students were able to explore complex relationships between work, technology, and society.

About These Initiatives:

Cuny Adjunct Incubator
: is a framework for supporting the significant scholarly, creative, and pedagogical work of adjuncts teaching in the humanities and humanistic social sciences across CUNY. Providing social, logistical, financial, and professional support for the creation and circulation of knowledge by CUNY adjuncts, this platform promotes the crucial work of part-time faculty across the CUNY community and senior college campuses. Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Gittell Urban Studies Collective at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research
: is an interdisciplinary platform for creative, activist, and scholarly collaboration that supports humanistic research, teaching, and activities with social justice aims. Working with a cohort of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and community partners, the project opens up and democratizes knowledge production, supports civic and community engagement, and connects classrooms, CUNY campuses, and the city of New York. ​

Public Humanities Fellowship with Humanities New York
: offers advanced humanities graduate students a chance to explore the public application of their scholarly interests, including training in the methods of the public humanities, networking, and professional development. Each Fellow in the cohort of 18 designs and implements a public humanities project in collaboration with a community-based partner.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Gittell Urban Studies Collective at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Humanities NY.