'Transformative Careers in Public Humanities'

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


The English Department and the Dean of Arts and Sciences will host a roundtable discussion with innovative leaders of arts, humanities, service, and advocacy organizations in greater New Haven. Part of a new “Humanities in the Community” initiative, this inaugural roundtable will help build sustainable partnerships between SCSU students and the greater New Haven community. The goal of the event is two-fold: to educate students about the wide range of opportunities to work for the common good in greater New Haven and to highlight the diverse interests and talents SCSU students can bring to the task. Whether it’s civic service, promoting the city’s arts culture, or supporting underserved community members, our students are eager to find their place, and their voices, among our city-wide neighbors.  

From 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Adanti Student Center Theater, seven outstanding community leaders will discuss their work, how they came to do it, and how students can contribute to the mission of their organization. SCSU student-ambassadors will facilitate a discussion with the participants, which everyone will be invited to join. A reception at Connecticut Hall will follow, providing an informal occasion for students and participants to meet and continue the conversation.

Panelists will include:

  • Patrick Dunn, Executive Director, New Haven Pride Center
  • Alexine Casanova: Director of Case Management, IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services)
  • Elsie Chapman: Vice Chair, Board of Directors, International Festival of Arts and Ideas
  • Erik Clemons, President and CEO, Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology
  • Louis Perno: Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven
  • Lynne Bonnett: President, Greater New Haven Green Fund
  • Dr. Marian Evans: Board of Directors, Greater New Haven Green Fund

We hope this conversation and the inspiring example of these community leaders will encourage Southern students to pursue new opportunities as volunteers, interns, and service learners with these and other organizations throughout greater New Haven.




Charles Baraw