The Co-Lab at pilipili╬█┬■

pilipili╬█┬■ Public Humanities and Arts Collaborative

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About the Co-Lab

The Co-Lab at pilipili╬█┬■ reimagines public stories, histories, and storytelling by changing the dynamics of whose stories get told, how, and by whom. The work of The Co-Lab at pilipili╬█┬■ centers historically marginalized or erased populations and invites them to work with us to investigate and tell a set of new defining narratives and representations for the New England region.

The Co-Lab's Mission

The interdisciplinary Co-Lab at pilipili╬█┬■ is dedicated to sharing and fostering inclusive narratives, representations, and histories that make historically marginalized or erased populations audible and visible. The Co-Lab at pilipili╬█┬■ cultivates knowledge rooted in authentic, reciprocal, and ethical collaboration between scholars, communities, and practitioners in the arts and humanities. We collaborate with communities to transform our disciplines through scholarship, programs, and methods that center community perspectives, needs, and knowledge.

More About the Co-Lab

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(Re)Telling: Crafting New Stories of Race and Place in Southern New England

On Friday, June 7, 2024, the pilipili╬█┬■ Public Humanities and Arts Collaborative (The Co-Lab) will host (Re)Telling: Crafting New Stories of Race and Place in Southern New England at the Providence Public Library in Providence, R.I. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, this regional public humanities gathering will bring together organizations, groups, and institutions engaged in the public humanities work of researching, crafting, and sharing stories about race and place in our region.

(Re)Telling Conference Details
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Community-Engaged Public Humanities Training Series

The Community-Engaged Public Humanities Training series supports faculty in exploring public humanities pedagogy and project development methods and ethical and reciprocal community engagement practices.

2023-2024 Training Series Schedule
Hidden Truths: Stories of Race and Place

Hidden Truths: Stories of Race and Place in New England and Beyond 2023-2024 Lecture Series

The Co-Lab at pilipili╬█┬■ is pleased to present the third annual Hidden Truths: Stories of Race and Place lecture series. This series features the research and policy work of pilipili╬█┬■ faculty and staff that resurfaces untold histories and complicates received knowledge and understandings of our collective pasts. The series engages the campus community and the public in deeper understandings and informed dialogues around how past inequities continue to impact societal and cultural realities and disparities today.

2023-2024 Hidden Truths Schedule
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Anti-Racist Community Engagement Speaker Series

The pilipili╬█┬■ Public Humanities and Arts Collaborative (The Co-Lab) is sponsoring a four-part series on anti-racist community engagement in Spring 2024 featuring four of the editors for the recently released book 

Spring 2024 Speaker Series
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Focus Areas

The Co-Lab at pilipili╬█┬■ focuses on engaging the public in the areas of history, the visual and performing arts, heritage and heritage conservation, space and place, material and visual culture, historical narrative, and public education and intellectualism. Our investigation of topics related to inclusive narratives includes the spoken, the written, the visual, the theatrical, and the embodied, as we imagine the ways that people are both the producers and the products of their geographical and cultural landscapes.

Co-Lab Focus Areas
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Projects

Faculty, students, and staff across disciplines at Roger Williams are engaged in public humanities and arts projects that make underrepresented stories and groups in our region, our country, and around the globe more audible and visible. Working closely with communities near and far, these projects call attention to past and ongoing injustices, as well as the resiliency and creative survival of these groups.

Learn About Our Work
Jason Jacobs, Associate Professor of Literature and one of the co-founders of the Co-Lab, and Elaine Stiles, Faculty Director of the Co-Lab and Associate Professor of Historic Preservation.

Community-Engaged Academic Program and Partnerships

A prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities grant assists with creation of new Public Humanities and Arts (PHA) minor, supports faculty fellows and community partners to develop courses centered on community projects. 

The PHA Minor

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