Spring Seminar

Each spring, offers a semester-long seminar in Public with a focal theme and a discussion of methods for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Enrolled students can receive up to $2,000 to assist them in the development and dissemination of their research and/or to facilitate their collaborations with community partners.

Spring 2022

SHUM 4800/6800: Seminar

Spring. 4 credits.
Limited to 20 students. Interested students must submit an application.
Wednesdays, 2:40-4:25 p.m.

This seminar will introduce students to the public humanities as both a disciplinary inquiry and a set of practices grounded in public and community engagement. It is intended to train cohorts of graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the various theories, methods, and practices of public humanities, to think collectively with and beyond disciplinary interests, and to bring these discipline-defined research agendas to much wider communities by first focusing on local rural communities. Students will produce a collaborative project related to or working with a community partner.

Topic for Spring 2022: Radically Indigenous

This seminar focuses on Indigenous relationships to place historically and up to contemporary experiences. Based on the principles of the foundational treaty agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the early settlers, the Tekaniguswentah* or Two Row Wampum will set an Indigenous framework for our shared responsibilities to place. Radically Indigenous will seek to disrupt colonialism, question late-capitalism, and the post-industrial condition of the Haudenosaunee homelands by following the trace of entangled histories of Indigenous, arrivant and settler peoples. Students will move across the geo-political and metaphoric Haudenosaunee longhouse territories where time and space will be mapped with knowledge holders through archives, art works, historic sites, public installations, oral traditions, songs, and story work with water, earth and sky as living texts. Cornell’s location within the homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation) and Haudenosaunee territories will be reimagined through alternative “ways of knowing” as active participatory research. The seminar will expose graduate students and advanced undergraduates to Indigenous research methodologies. The process of “co-creation” will encourage multilayered sustainable practice as markers connecting the past to the future as Radically Indigenous.

*(Deh-gah-ni-gus-wen-tah: phonic pronunciation of the Two Row Wampum in the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' language)

Instructor: Jolene Rickard (Ska:rù:rę'/Tuscarora), associate professor of art and history of art

Application Instructions

Interested students must submit a brief application via our online application form by January 10 with the following information and materials:

  • Name
  • NetID
  • Degree program and field of study
  • Expected degree completion date
  • A brief statement of no more than 300 words describing (1) why you are interested in public humanities and/or community-engaged work; (2) what it means for your intellectual development; and (3) the type of project in these areas that you are interested in developing. If you have previous experience in public or engaged work, please also briefly discuss it.

Students must submit their applications by January 10, 2022.


Please review our FAQ page and contact rural-hum@cornell.edu with any additional questions.