Public Humanities Faculty Fellows

The Public Fellows program is intended to help faculty communicate their scholarship in the humanities to a broad audience. Fellows will receive funding to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their abilities to make their research or creative endeavors accessible and communicable to audiences beyond the academy. Fellows will receive a $2000 budget for relevant professional development expenses and will also receive a $3000 stipend for their time. In case of joint applications, these funds will be shared. The fellowship will run through the academic year 2020-2021, during which time fellows are expected to share their progress with the other members of their cohort. Fellows are expected to complete their project within 18 months after the fellowship term ends. The fellowship is open to all Trinity faculty (including part-time faculty) who are working on a project in the arts and humanities, broadly defined. During its inaugural year, the 2019-2020 Public Fellows cohort comprised Patrick Keating, Kathryn Vomero Santos and joint-fellows Habiba Noor and Sarah Beth Kaufman.


The Humanities Collective is currently accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Public Fellows program. The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 24, 2020. Learn more about the application process.


Abstracts for the 2019-2020 Public Humanities Faculty Fellows




Patrick Keating

Trinity professor of Communication Patrick Keating will create three video essays to accompany the release of his next book, a close analysis of Alfonso Cuarón’s 2004 film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Video essays are short movies about movies; they pair scholarly commentary with clips from existing films. Keating’s videos address three distinct aspects of Cuarón’s film: the director’s digitally enhanced long takes; Jany Temime’s character-driven costume design; and John Williams’s motivic score. In September 2019, Keating created a complete draft of the music essay. The following month, this video was presented to three audiences in the UK—at a symposium on the video essay at Birkbeck, University of London; at a guest lecture about point-of-view at the University of Reading; and at a repeat performance of the same lecture at the University of Exeter. Keating will complete additional videos before the end of the 2019-2020 school year and will submit all three to peer-reviewed online journals during summer 2020.





Habiba Noor & Sarah Beth Kaufman

In 2017, Trinity professors Sarah Beth Kaufman, Habiba Noor, William Christ, and (in consultation) Stacey Connelly, transformed Mellon-funded research into work of documentary theatre. To be Honest: Voices on Islam in an American City, is a drama about Islam’s role in the 2016 Presidential election, composed from 172 in-depth interviews with San Antonians across political and religious spectrums. It has been performed five times in San Antonio, most recently at the Tobin. As public humanities fellows, Kaufman and Noor are assessing the performance for use beyond Texas. This includes a book project for university and public audiences interested in understanding current political divides, interfaith dialogue, and the importance of diversity and inclusion; as wells as two productions of To Be Honest in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, in coordination with Texas Christian University and the Southwest Region of the American Association of Religion.




Kathryn Vomero Santos

“The Bard in the Borderlands: Shakespeare, Translation, and Identity” builds on the momentum of ongoing conversations in artistic, scholarly, and pedagogical communities about the innovative ways in which Latinx writers and theatermakers are translating and transforming the works of William Shakespeare. Rather than simply revering “the Bard,” these artists actively use Shakespeare and his cultural capital to think about the long histories and present realities of colonialism, immigration, and discrimination in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands. Visiting playwrights and theatermakers Bernardo Mazón Daher (San Diego, California) and Seres Magaña (Rio Grande Valley, Texas) will present their work to an audience of writers, students, actors, directors, scholars, teachers, and members of the San Antonio community at 6 P.M. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Trinity University’s Attic Theater (postponed until further notice). In dialogue with those in attendance and local scholars Norma Elia Cantú, Katherine Gillen, Adrianna Michelle Santos, and Kathryn Vomero Santos, they will initiate conversations about the ways in which the particular concerns of South Texas can offer new and productively ambivalent approaches to Shakespeare’s works and legacy.