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What Should Public Art Do?

April 6, 2021
12:00 pm


A panel featuring Dr. Joseph Jordan, Dr. JJ Bauer and Susan Brown

Joseph Jordan is Director (since 2001) of the Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Adjunct Associate Professor, African/African American and Diaspora Studies. His work focuses on social justice movements in the diaspora, and the cultural politics of race, identity and artistic production in the diaspora, explored through representations in visual and other creative arts.

JJ Bauer received her training at Southern Methodist University, University College-London, Penn State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests include: almost all culture from 1895-1919 in America and Europe, but especially design, architecture, and film; gender; theater; and digital humanities. She continues to work on the Artists’ Studio Archives Project (artiststudioarchives.org). She is an advisor for students pursuing a dual degree Masters in Art History-Masters in Library Science/Information Science.

Susan Brown took her first library job to earn beer money while in college, never thinking it would turn into a career. After several years in academic and government libraries, she found her home at a public library. In 2013, she returned to the “Southern Part of Heaven” to become the Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Before that, she was the Marketing Director at Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, KS, where she spearheaded the Banned Books Trading Card Project, which won a John Cotton Dana Award from the American Library Association. Susan holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She also serves as Executive Director of the Town of Chapel Hill’s Community Arts & Culture.

The Humanities for the Public Good Initiative brings together students, artists, scholars, cultural practitioners, and people interested in using humanistic knowledge to forward publicly engaged scholarship, across four days Tuesday, April 6th through Friday, April 9th, 2021. See the full schedule here.