How can humanities centers stay publicly engaged in the time of social distancing? In this episode, Craig Eley speaks with Aaron Fai (Assistant Director for Public Humanities at the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities) about the Humanities Responders: a student-run public humanities program conducted virtually. Seeking to identify and respond to invisible crises taking place in the community, Fai discusses how he drew down the barriers between the university and the community to promote access and fund new projects.
We also hear from Orion Risk and Steven Wang about their Humanities Responders projects. Orion is the founder of the Trans Theatre Fest, happening March 13 and 14, 2021, which will include a performance of their play, Gendertalks. You can learn more about Steven's project, "Queer We Are, Together We Heal," on their Facebook page.
Music in this episode is from Blue Dot Sessions.