Nine graduate students will bring their scholarship and academic expertise to projects in the publishing industry, secondary schools, the non-profit sector, and others, while they develop new skills outside of a university setting as the 2022-2023 cohort of THI Public Fellows. Through public fellowships, students foster meaningful relationships between the campus and broader community, recognize the breadth of their expertise, and learn how the skills they have developed in their university programs can be employed in different positions.
This year’s THI Public Fellows are working with local and global organizations on a range of projects. THI Summer Public Fellows are partnering with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, an annual program for preeminent and emerging composers, guest artists, and an orchestra of dedicated professional musicians from across the globe to give voice to contemporary works; Reality Labs, a team at Meta that brings together world-class researchers, developers, and engineers to build the future of connection within virtual and augmented reality; Jewish Film Institute (JFI) the premier curatorial voice for Jewish film and media around the world; Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures; Prison Journalism Project (PJP) an organization that trains incarcerated writers to be journalists and publishes their stories; and Densho, documenting the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.
Three THI Year-Long Public Fellows are collaborating with ongoing partners in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area. Katie O’Hare will work with Santa Cruz Shakespeare to design and implement a curriculum on Shakespeare and social justice in local Santa Cruz schools and foster conversations about the role of theater in confronting injustice. Nathan Osorio will be an Editorial Assistant at UC Press and will be involved in all stages of the acquisitions process, including working with authors, literary agents, peer reviewers, and a wide variety of other internal and external stakeholders. Radhika Prasad will work with the Center for the Art of Translation to expand its acquisitions process, with an emphasis on contemporary writing from India.
The students and the organizations they work with reflect the diversity of UC Santa Cruz Humanities research and the deep commitment of our students to connect their scholarly pursuits with important public initiatives.
Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Public Fellows!
Please join us in congratulating the following 2022 Summer Fellows and 2022-2023 Year-Long Public Fellows:
Kendall Grady (Literature) – Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Theresa Hice-Fromille (Sociology) – Reality Labs
Thais Miller (Literature) – Jewish Film Institute (JFI)
Emily Padilla (Feminist Studies) – Transgender Law Center
Emily Travis (Literature) – Prison Journalism Project (PJP)
Jonathan van Harmelen (History) – Densho
Year-Long 2022 – 2023
Learn more about THI’s Public Fellowship program and read our profiles of previous fellows here: https://thi.ucsc.edu/public-fellowship-program/
Feature image from Santa Cruz Shakespeare