In Celebration of Black History Month

It has, indeed, been a long and cold January for us all, literally so for far too many of us, struggling to heat homes, caught in a system full of bureaucracy and lacking in compassion. As we enter the month of February, the cold harshness of this system appropriately positions us to enter Black HistoryContinue reading “In Celebration of Black History Month”

Notes on the Ancient Egyptian Art Wing (i.e. the Stolen Art Wing)

The other week, I was walking around the Brooklyn Museum with an artist friend of mine, she armed with her sketchbook and a pen, and I with a pencil and my notebook. We were both creating sketches and taking notes of the things we saw and admired.The entire first floor of the museum is currentlyContinue reading “Notes on the Ancient Egyptian Art Wing (i.e. the Stolen Art Wing)”

Memory, Monuments, and Lost Cause Ideology.

How do we use monuments to shape our memory of the past? As a history major, I have studied how different people use the past and shape its memory. One of the areas that I have focused on researching is the Lost Cause of the South ideology. Lost Cause ideology is the idea that becameContinue reading “Memory, Monuments, and Lost Cause Ideology.”

Holy Places and Justice: My Summer Spent at an African Burial Ground

I have often been in touch with the importance of place. Recognizing places of pain and places of freedom. Place is important to me. But I am not always in tune, nor do I always know the significance of the places I inhabit or encounter. This summer, I reintroduced myself to a place on aContinue reading “Holy Places and Justice: My Summer Spent at an African Burial Ground”

Finding Harmony Amid Tension

“There are… certain sensitivities that ought to characterize the Christian historian. One such sensitivity is an awareness of complexity, ambiguity, and mystery in the historical process.” -Shirley Mullen in Faith, Learning, and the Teaching of History Along with the other student fellows this year, I was given the opportunity to research the lives of individualsContinue reading “Finding Harmony Amid Tension”

Lessons from the Eighth

Too frequently the details of our human narrative are buried by people who seek to fabricate what truly happened in the past. But the voices of history cannot be silenced so long as we remember and retell their stories and demand truth. We must elect leaders who will ensure the preservation of such a narrative.Continue reading “Lessons from the Eighth”

The Progression of Calobe (Calobe Jackson)

During each year of Poetry in Place, students flourish as they transform into poets, and this year was no exception. At one of our workshops, we had the privilege of welcoming local community leaders to come share their stories, and it was from these inspiring conversations that students of Marshall Math Science Academy created poetryContinue reading “The Progression of Calobe (Calobe Jackson)”

The Lines That Divide Us

During his time as a student at Messiah College, David Michael (’19) greatly enhanced the work of the Center for Public Humanities by contributing insightful thoughts and in-depth research to our discussions and projects. Back in 2017, he composed a powerful poem that “explore[d] the paradoxical reality of Christian slave owners in the 19th century.”  AndContinue reading “The Lines That Divide Us”

Becoming a Badger

Sometimes I feel like a badger. A badger that’s digging and digging through the earth trying to find some sort of food. Something to sustain them and keep them going through life. This analogy might sound weird, but stay with me. The work that has interested me the most in my time as a fellowContinue reading “Becoming a Badger”