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The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL) at FIU fosters multidisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach activities that encourage individuals and communities to reflect upon and celebrate diverse heritage, traditions, and history.

The lab uses FIU’s status as an urban research institution and its strategic location in Miami to capitalize upon the creative, scholarly and teaching expertise of faculty and professionals who are committed to doing public-facing work. The lab positions FIU as a leader within the emerging field of public humanities by leveraging the resources of the university’s 3 museums along with the research, teaching and production capacities of scholars engaged with the humanities across our campus, including the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs (including the Department of History’s thriving Public History program), the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, and the College of Arts, Sciences & Education.

 

Innovative programming includes theatrical and musical performances, exhibitions and humanities festivals, as well as the making, presenting, and preserving of art, music, writing, and oral histories in digital environments. While educational endeavors include the training of artists and storytellers, as well as the preparing of leaders who will ensure that the arts and humanities remain accessible to everyone.

The principles of these efforts offer value to all students, including those positioned outside of the traditional humanities. By providing an intellectual environment and programming that bring humanistic insights and modes of inquiry to students working on degrees in technical fields, business, and the professions, the WPHL connects and helps create an intellectual community that will expand its range and modes of inquiry, moving beyond technical and professional skills to engage matters of ethics, politics, and social and human impact.

The lab positions FIU as a leader within the emerging field of public humanities...

Mission

Our mission includes facilitating interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach activities that encourage individuals and communities to reflect upon and celebrate diverse heritage, traditions and history. The lab takes advantage of FIU’s status as an urban research institution and its strategic location in Miami to encourage and support capitalize upon the creative, scholarly and teaching expertise of faculty and curatorial professionals. Innovative programming includes theatrical and musical performances, exhibitions and humanities festivals as well as the creation and presentation of making and presenting of art, music, writing and oral histories in digital environments, while educational endeavors include the training of artists and storytellers as well as the preparing of leaders who will ensure that the arts and humanities remain accessible to everyone.

This unique project of public-facing humanities work sits on the cutting edge of national and global conversations about the role of humanities and arts disciplines, with their integral story-telling tools and strategies, in alleviating the complex challenges in today’s troubled world. It imagines a new, synergistic hub for the humanities at FIU that is firmly rooted in the Wolfsonian’s world-class art and design collection.