The Humanities for the Public Good Initiative brings together students, artists, scholars, cultural practitioners, and people interested in using humanistic knowledge to forward publicly engaged scholarship, across four days Tuesday, April 6th through Friday, April 9th, 2021.

All events are free, open to the public and virtual.

Schedule of Events

More events to be announced soon!

Tuesday, April 6

  • 6pm EST: Screening of The Whistle, followed by a conversaiton with Director StormMiguel Florez and featured guest Charlene Padilla Johnson, moderated by Dr. Annette Rodriguez

About the film:

The Whistle tells the story of a secret code created by and shared among young lesbians in 1970s & 80s Albuquerque as a means of self-identification and finding community. In the 1970s & 80s, a group of lesbian youth in Albuquerque had a particular way of finding each other and others like themselves.

Watch the official trailer.


Wednesday, April 7

Thursday, April 8

  • 1pm EST: Howdy Partner: Collaborating and Connecting Beyond Campus – A panel discussion on outreach moderated by Dr. Malinda Lowery
  • 4pm EST: Keynote Anne Helen Petersen

Friday, April 9

  • 12pm EST: Match/Make – A Showcase of Artist/Scholar Collaborations featuring artists Kamara Thomas, Jessica Stark and Iris Gottlieb and grad student scholars Deanna Corrin (Geography), Jacob Griffin (Anthropology) and Elias Gross (Music)
  • 4pm EST: Humanities Futures – An undergraduate student led relfection on the Humanities Futures program and their work with the Black Communities Conference

Our Theme: “What Now?”

We chose the theme “What Now?” to reckon with this historic moment. In a time when there is division political and physical, grief that is uniquely personal and broadly cultural, how do move ahead as people endeavoring to engage the public? Scholars and artists on campus and off have had to innovate their organizing tools and change their expectations. This symposium is a moment to think through all we’ve learned and how it will shape the work to come. 

We’re inviting engaged scholars, humanists, artists, and cultural workers to come together to talk about what happens now. How do we meet the public in new ways? And how to we keep our critical conversations and projects accessible and democratic? We’ll hear from a range of voices— experienced scholars confident in their paths and works in progress finding their footing. We’ll also celebrate the work happening with feature panels and artistic experiences. Join us!