Scholars are integral to public humanities projects. In fact, humanities scholars provide valuable perspective and often have deep knowledge of a particular subject as well as a broadly humanistic perspective and practice.
Traditionally, scholars have been academic humanists—university faculty, graduate students, or researchers who have an advanced degree in a humanities field and are employed by an institution of higher learning. Sometimes these scholars are instead public humanists—those who have an advanced degree in a humanities field, but are not affiliated with a college or university. They may work for non-profit organizations like museums, libraries, or cultural centers, or they may work independently. Other humanities scholars come from non-traditional backgrounds. They may not possess an advanced degree since their knowledge comes from a different cultural construct. But they are still defined by their own communities as keepers of knowledge, cultural resources, and understanding.
If you're a scholar and are interested in learning about opportunities to work with NJCH, please contact us. We support many different kinds of programs and projects and often act as the "matchmaker" for partner organizations and scholars.
If you believe in the positive impact of public humanities programming, please consider donating to NJCH. Your tax-deductible contribution will support dynamic projects and events in diverse communities in our state. Your support is valued and appreciated.