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Public Humanities Collaborative Student Applications Due February 19th

Students! Apply by Tuesday February 19th for summer research jobs in Hartford through Trinity’s Public Humanities Collaborative.

Up to 16 students will be funded to work full-time in teams of 2 or more for 10 weeks from May 20-July 26. During this program, students will:

  • Work as a research assistant for a faculty member on a scholarly project for 15 hours/week
  • Intern with a Hartford-area organization on a public humanities exhibit, project, or event for 15 hours/week
  • Attend weekly workshops on digital tools and community partnerships

Students selected for this program will receive a $3500 stipend plus 10 weeks of free housing at Trinity. The Public Humanities Collaborative is a competitive application process, with preference given to first generation, under-represented, and other students with demonstrated financial need, for whom socio-economic status has prevented them from engaging with summer research opportunities.


Opportunities to work on faculty scholarship are wide ranging…
  • Archiving and sharing the U.S. Latinx experience in Hartford
  • Archiving real estate documents from Seneca Village, the largest African American community in New York City
  • Researching the afterlives of Renaissance poets featured in Watskinson Library’s rare book holdings
  • Website development for the English department’s “Hidden Literacies” symposium roles which will explore the role reading and writing have played in the lives of marginalized Americans
  • Building an online archive or Caribbean anti-colonial thought
  • Creating oral history podcasts on LGBTQ life in Hartford
Possible community partner projects also include…
  • Making the case for collective culture and social cohesion with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Develop an interactive website documenting the changes and development of Coltsville National Historical Park since it’s inception in 1855 to today
  • Research the effects of urban renewal in Willimantic, Connecticut during the 1970s, which primarily displaced Latino immigrants, many from Puerto Rico who were recruited to work in the City’s factories – with the Connecticut Fair Housing Center
  • Transcribe and digitize the unpublished sermons of 18th-centrury writer and activist Joseph Johnson (Mohegan) with the Connecticut Historical Society
  • In partnership with CT Landmarks, research, produce, and pilot an event to engage local college students, young professionals, and other young adults with Hartford history and Connecticut Landmarks’ Hartford sites
  • Create a new exhibit on Hartford Jewish Women Trailblazers with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
  • Organize Talkback Tuesdays at TheaterWorks along the themes of Consent, Race and College Culture, What it means to “live the dream,” the “real” side of restaurant work, celebrity foodie-ism, and more.
  • Develop an Afro-Cosmologies Exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Amistad Center for Art & Culture
  • Collecting oral histories at the Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, the first chartered copper mine and first state prison in the nation.
  • Identify and research “Migrant Zero,” Chain Migration, and Black Flight among West Indians in Hartford County, and the implications for home ownership and real estate entrepreneurship – with the West Indian Foundation
  • Assist with research on the project “Unvarnished: Moving History Organizations to Interpret De Facto Segregation in the Northern and Western United States” with Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society
  • Research the history and architecture of sites on the Charter Oak Mile
  • In partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts, coordinate a literary arts network and create a publicly available database of literary artists that is reflective of all communities across the state of Connecticut, including historically marginalized communities.
To apply:
  • Read faculty and community partner proposals to find projects.
  • Contact the faculty you are interested in working with to set up a meeting and discuss their project.
  • Apply through the Summer Research Program website. You will need to indicate which faculty project you want to work on and rank your preferred community partner projects.

Questions? Please contact Director of Community Learning and Public Humanities Collaborative Coordinator Megan.Hartline@trincoll.edu