Evan Starling Davis named 2020-2021 Public Humanities Scholar

Evan Starling Davis

Evan Starling-Davis, literacy education Ph.D. student in the department of reading and language arts, has been named a 2020-2021 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellow.

A joint initiative between the Syracuse University Humanities Center and the Central New York Humanities Corridor, these fellowships are supported in partnership with Humanities New York to:

  • 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.

Learn more about the Humanities Center Fellowships and “MONUMENTS”