Public Humanities

The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute and the Bird in Hand Bookshop have kicked off a new initiative in the public humanities called “Humanities in the Village.” The endeavor seeks to bring fresh scholarly work from our city’s thriving universities and colleges into conversation with a broader public audience. How does humanities research intersect with contemporary social and political concerns? Can we include these intersections in our developing work, bringing our scholarship into closer resonance with the pressing public matters of this time?

Time: Always at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of each month
Location: Bird in Hand Bookshop in Charles Village
Format: Scholars present short and accessible excerpts of ongoing research, followed by spirited sessions of collective discussion and feedback.
Audience: These events draw a diverse audience of local teachers, students, professionals, activists, book lovers, and public intellectuals. The intimate setting provides scholars with the invaluable opportunity to fold critical dialogue into their ongoing projects.

Curator: Anand Pandian Email:

Present at a Humanities in the Village event.

2020 Humanities in the Village Events

  • November 30 – Martin Shuster, Goucher College (Genocide and the State)
  • October 26 – Ernest Quarles, JHU – Framing Frederick Douglass: The Female Talented Tenth That Shaped America.
  • September 28 – Jennifer Kingsley, Museums & Society, JHU
  • August 31 – Pending Speaker Assignment
  • July 27 – Jeffrey Brooks, History, JHU (The FIrebird and the Fox: Russian CUlture under Tsars and Bolsheviks
  • June 29 – Nicolino Applauso, Loyola University Maryland/Morgan State University: Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Ethics of Invective in Medieval Italy: Humor and Evil
  • May 25 – Jean Lee Cole, Loyola U MD (How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920)
  • April 27 – Jan Dutkiewicz, Political Science, JHU
  • March 30 – Andrew Miller, English, JHU – CANCELED
  • February 24 – A Conversation with Kondwani Fidel and Devin Allen
  • January 27 – Jean McGarry, Writing Seminars, JHU – Reading “The Last Time,” a story from Dream Date