“Authentic thinking, thinking that is concerned about reality, does not take place in ivory tower isolation, but only in communication.” –Paulo Freire

Public Humanities at Yale seeks to train American Studies graduate students by expanding academic discourse beyond the confines of the classroom, academic publishing, and the academic conference circuit. By cultivating a dialogue with specialists in non-academic areas, students earning a Masters of Arts (with a concentration in Public Humanities en route to an American Studies doctorate) are prepared for public intellectual work such as museum and gallery installation, documentary film and photography, and oral/community history. Our mission is to expand the concept of “audience” by building bridges to a wide range of local and regional institutions and their respective publics.