College of Arts and Sciences
Dean's Office

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2140
Fax: (248) 370-4280

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Contact Us:

Andrea Knutson, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Center for Public Humanities
Associate Professor of English
O’Dowd Hall, Room 526
(248) 370-2258

John Corso Esquivel, Ph.D., MFA
Co-Director, Center for Public Humanities
Associate Professor of Art History
Wilson Hall, Room 320
(248) 370-3380

Center for Public Humanities

The mission of the Center for Public Humanities is advancing excellence in public humanities and the arts to support and enrich Southeast Michigan’s diverse learning communities.

The center will establish a prestigious platform from which Oakland’s public intellectuals can offer humanistic scholarship and creative work in alternative, accessible formats for the benefit and enrichment of the region’s populace. We aim to reduce access barriers that might prevent the general public from engaging with the humanities.

This year, the center will engage the public by establishing a community advisory board. We will solicit programming ideas directly from community leaders and OU students. Listening to their suggestions will enable the center to build networks of interest to address crucial debates within the humanities and the arts today.

Press: "New Oakland University Center for Public Humanities the First in Michigan." Oakland University News. Oakland University, October 7, 2019.

Next Up: In late fall 2019, the center will be holding a community friend-raiser event to build interest in the center's community advisory board.