The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL) serves as FIU’s hub for public-facing humanities research, teaching and engagement. Our lab uses FIU’s status as an urban research institution and its strategic location in Miami to capture and magnify the creative, scholarly and pedagogical expertise of faculty, staff and students who are committed to doing public-facing work.

Miami Studies Program

The WPHL is building a robust Miami Studies Program that includes new curriculum, training, workshops, internships, programming and events, and much more. This initiative is generously funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).




The Deering Estate: A Guided Hike to the Cutler Fossil Site

Please join us on Friday, October 28, 2022 from 10:00 am–12:00 pm ET for this event with presenters Roberto Fernández, III and Terrance Cribbs-Lorrant . This event will be held at the Historic Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, 480 NW 11th Street, Miami, FL. Please join us on Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 10:00 am–11:30am ET for with presenter John Bailly. This event will take place at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Avenue, Miami, FL, 33157. Meet the group promptly at 10:00 am at the main entrance. Remember: this is a hike in South Florida’s warm weather and natural habitat and you assume all risks involved in your voluntary participation. Despite the higher temperatures we’ve been having, it is generally advised to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants to best protect yourself from plants and insects. We recommend you wear good walking shoes (open shoes or sandals are not permitted) and bring a reusable water bottle and snack.

  • Community Data Curation

    The WPHL is proud to work with eight community partners for its Mellon Foundation-funded grant, Community Data Curation: Preserving, Creating, and Narrating Everyday Stories.

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  • Dylan at FIU

    The WPHL invites you to join us in April for an engaging event series covering Dylan and his impact.

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How have we communicated pandemics in the past?

The WPHL and The Wolfsonian—FIU are proud to present a new and freely available digital exhibition titled Messages from a Pandemic: AIDS Graphic Communication. It uses the museum’s one-of-kind collection of HIV/AIDS posters from around the world to explore how ideas of family, community, risk, shame, and stigma have been conveyed during the AIDS crisis to better understand how the novel coronavirus is understood today.

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