About the program

The Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research expands the diverse ways that the public humanities function in public life and as a public good. Made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this initiative brings together over 40 faculty, students, and–uniquely–civic, cultural, and community partners to produce and circulate research through public projects, engaged scholarship, and interdisciplinary activities at CUNY and throughout New York City.

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Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research

Organized into four integrated research groups, the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research amplifies the intellectual and creative work at the intersection of the public humanities, the digital humanities, the humanities-related social sciences, and social justice. The Seminar is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

There are currently no active seminars.

Working Groups

Organized by faculty and graduate students at The Graduate Center, Working Groups stem from our ongoing Seminars in the Humanities series. Working Groups provide the time, space, sociality, and institutional support necessary for participants to develop and implement sustained intellectual inquiry in extra-disciplinary fields.


These projects — organized by students, faculty, community partners, and staff — are developed over time using interdisciplinary research methods and innovative forms of dissemination to reach publics in and beyond the academy.