IMA Number: 783.18 | 1 credits

Course Type: Production

Professor: James Levy

This class meets Fri 11/4 - 5-9pm, Sat 11/5 - 10:30am-4:30pm, Sun 11/6 - 10:30am-3:30pm in HN 544

Full Course Description:

Public Humanities – an outgrowth of the increasingly popular “public history” discipline – applies the methods, practices and expertise of humanities scholarship to public settings.  Whether in museum exhibitions, public websites, site-specific installations or locales of public memory such as historic buildings, grounds or cultural venues, public humanities seeks to engage the public in dialogue about important social and political issues that affect people in their daily lives. This 1-credit course seeks to introduce IMA students to the basic methods and philosophy of public humanities.  Students will learn about the history of the emerging field, they will learn how to identify and assess key elements of effectiveness in public humanities sites and installations, and they will produce short artistic public humanities media pieces based on local NYC sites.

Permissions: Cleared after advisement with IMA Program Assistant