- encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere;
- develop skills for doing public work;
- and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State.
Previous fellows from the School of Education include Camilla J. Bell (2018-2019, cultural foundations of education), Gemma Cooper-Novack (2018-2019, literacy education, and Hugh Burnam (2017-2018, cultural foundations of education).
The year-long fellowship involves training in public scholarship methods and work by the fellows to explore the public dimensions of their scholarship in partnership with a community organization. Starling-Davis’ project is titled “MONUMENTS: An Ecosystematic Approach to Literacy Engagement” and both celebrates and critically examines the Afro-diasporic literacy experience within the city of Syracuse. Honoring the art-activism devised from the (re)emergence of the ‘Freedom School’ via The Community Folk Art Center, Starling-Davis embarks on a quest to incite liberatory and alternative learning processes of marginalized community members and their literacies.