In this episode, Gillian Kenah and Susan Smulyan of Brown University discuss ways to engage the community in University research, how to showcase such research, and also how linkage between the community and university can be a symbiotic relationship. In this way, work between the community and the University (rather than work done on the community) can minimize power dynamics and promote an engaged learning experience for both parties.
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Susan Smulyan is a professor in the Department of American Studies at Brown University and recently stepped down as the Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. She is the author of Selling Radio: The Commercialization of American Broadcasting and Popular Ideologies: Mass Culture at Mid-Century, and co-editor (with Kathy Franz, NMAH, Smithsonian) of Major Problems in American Popular Culture. Most recently, she edited a collection, Doing Public Humanities (Routledge, 2020) which features essays by scholar/practitioners writing case studies from disruptive events to websites, from tours to exhibits, from after school arts programs to archives, giving readers a wide-ranging look at the interdisciplinary practice of public humanities.