The Center for Public Humanities
|Sarah Adams '05 is majoring in English with a writing emphasis. The editor in chief of The Swinging Bridge, Messiah College's student newspaper, Sarah plans to pursue a master's degree in journalism.
Providing additional opportunities for a wider audience to benefit from the humanities is the goal of new initiatives developed by both educators and students at Messiah College. Sponsored by the Center for Public Humanities
, these innovative programs offer public events on Messiah’s campus and provide humanities outreach to the wider community through service, teaching, and public speaking.
“The activities that the Center and School of the Humanities promote build community within the School, within the College, and within the Harrisburg area,” explains Susanna Bede Caroselli, professor of art history, who helps coordinate Messiah’s humanities initiatives. For many of its programs, the Center and the School collaborate with other humanities-based organizations, such as schools, libraries, museums, government agencies, and colleges and universities.
On-campus programs sponsored by the Center for Public Humanities this year include:
- The History Day competition for area secondary-school students
- A lecture entitled “A Moral History of the Civil War,” given by Yale historian Harry Stout
- The week-long Spring Humanities Symposium featuring Pulitzer Prize–winning author
David McCullough as keynote speaker.
Future off-campus initiatives to be supported by the Center will bring additional humanities programs to the community, such as
- college-level humanities classes for
people without resources for higher education and
service seminars for secondary-school teachers in
For more information about upcoming initiatives, visit the School of the Humanities
and the Center for Public Humanities
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