Dear Chinatown, DC: A Poster Making Workshop with Miu Eng

A People Emerging_ Asian Pacific American Heritage Week Poster designed by Miu Eng for Washington, D.C.’s 1981 observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 1981. Strangers No More_ Asian Pacific American Heritage Week Poster designed by Miu Eng for Washington,

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Community and Change: Adams Morgan Day Festival 2021

On Sunday, September 12, the Humanities Truck participated in the Adams Morgan Day Festival, an annual neighborhood celebration featuring vendors, performances, history and culture.  We contributed to these last categories by displaying a photo exhibit/essay created by local photographer and

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Friendship Around Food

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued our collaboration between the Humanities Truck and the day laborer community that every day seek labor at the Home Depot parking lot. This community has been hit hard by the pandemic as many got

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Audrey Barnett, Mary Ellen Curtin, and Kai Walther standing and smiling outside the truck and in front of a table with a "Capitol Hill Village" tablecloth

Capitol Hill Village x AU Humanities Truck Event

Taking the Truck OUT! On June 26th and 27th, the Humanities Truck traversed across the city from American University’s campus in Northwest D.C. to Capitol Hill Village’s office in Southeast. Capitol Hill Village, the organization with which we partnered for

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Harm Reduction, HIPS, and Community Conversations

Introducing HIPS We’re pleased to announce that we have been and will be collaborating with HIPS this summer. Together we will be mobilizing collaborative community dialogue and events about drug-related harm reduction. HIPS is a local harm reduction organization that

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We Stand in Solidarity — Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate

Amidst the escalating violence in the United States against the Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities (specifically facing the elderly and women) co-occurring with the continued violence against Black-Americans (as police continue murdering POC) the Humanities Truck team stands

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We Stand in Solidarity – Black Lives Matter

During this moment of profound crisis, those of us who work with the Humanities Truck stand in solidarity with protestors around the world who have taken to the streets in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

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Playful Reflections (pt.2): Future Design Ideas

This reflection on the DC Storytelling System was originally posted on the project’s website. This is part 2 of my personal reflection on the DC Storytelling System and the AU Humanities Truck. If you have not read part 1 about

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Playful Reflections (pt.1): Personal Insights

This reflection on the DC Storytelling System was originally posted on the project’s website. Over the past year, I’ve been iterating on the interactivity of the DC Storytelling System. Primarily, I’ve worked on updating the hotline, deploying installations at DC

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COVID-19: CCNV May 10th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV May 8th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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Group Portrait Journey

I’m really bad with directions. I got lost trying to find my way home after the first day of high school. Google Maps was indispensable and inseparable as I tried to figure out the winding streets of my own hometown.

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COVID-19: CCNV May 2nd and 3rd Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 29th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 22nd Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 17th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 11th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 9th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 8th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 7th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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A man holds information about the community organization.

COVID-19: Servicio de alimentos gratis

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 6th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 4th Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 3rd Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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COVID-19: CCNV April 1st Update

The Humanities Truck works with diverse populations to collect, create, interpret, and curate stories that can return to the communities they originated from and circulate throughout the DMV. As we confront a global pandemic, we aim to record social responses

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“Dear Chinatown” at Lunar New Year

Gung hay fat choy! Happy New Year! On Sunday, January 26, I joined forces with the 1882 Foundation, the Humanities Truck, and the Anacostia Community Museum to host the first prototype of the Dear Chinatown project at this year’s Lunar

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Bringing D.C. Communities Together with the Humanities Truck

As a graduate assistant working with Humanities Truck fellow Laura Waters Hinson, I am privileged to help highlight the diverse voices and stories of community members around Washington D.C. Professor Hinson leads American University’s Community Voice Lab (CVL) and graduate

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Day Laborers at the Corner: Coming to Light

This Fall, the Humanities Truck went on the road once again with an exhibit featuring day laborers as photographers of their own everyday lives, alongside portraits of day laborers at the corner of the only Home Depot in Washington, DC.

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A Small But Changing World

On Saturday, November 9th, the Humanities Truck Team joined members of the Petworth community to explore D.C. history, public art, and storytelling, at its second “It’s A Small World After All” event. Organized by community historian Peter Stebbins and the

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AU Golden Eagles: the Class of 1969

On Friday, October 4th, the Humanities Truck welcomed the Class of 1969 to the Golden Eagles Reunion at American University’s All-American Weekend. The event marked the 50th anniversary of the 1968-1969 academic year, dubbed “A Year of Protest, a Year

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Celebrating 50 Years of Malcolm X Park

Celebrating 50 Years of Malcolm X Park On any given Sunday, one can find vivacious energy and various patrons gathering at the historic landmark, nestled between Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan, called Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park.  Drummers, old and

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Memories of Community Change at “Celebrate Petworth”

This past Saturday, September 18th, the Humanities Truck participated in the 2019 “Celebrate Petworth” Festival. The event, organized “by and for the residents of Petworth” brings together the community to celebrate the neighborhood’s history with food, drink, and live entertainment.

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Adams Morgan Day 2019

The Humanities Truck kicked off the 2019-2020 school year at the 41st annual Adams Morgan Day this past Sunday, September 8. As a first year graduate fellow working with the truck, this event was my first chance to see it

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Arthueretta H. Martin (left), Chuck Williams, and Chris Rigeaux (right) participating in oral history training.

Scotland Oral History Day

On Sunday February 17th, Scotland AME Zion church hosted the first Scotland Oral History Day. First-year graduate students in the “Craft of Anthropology” course organized the Humanities Truck event. The Humanities Truck is a museum-on-wheels, equipped with a recording studio, exhibition

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Humanities Truck at the DC History Conference

“Whose Downtown?” at the DC History Conference

This weekend, the Humanities Truck was at the DC History Conference! We greeted over 200 conference attendees and passers-by on the University of the District of Columbia campus and met so many people with brilliant ideas for projects. This event has

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Class of 1968 Exhibit

Class of 1968 Exhibit

This weekend is American University’s All-American Weekend. As part of the Golden Eagles Reunion, the Humanities Truck partnered with the American University archives to present the Class of 1968 exhibit on the AU quad Friday, October 19th. Archivists Leslie Nellis

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Humanities Truck at Adams Morgan Day

Adams Morgan Day 2018

The Humanities Truck made its first public appearance on September 9th at Adams Morgan Day 2018. It rained most of the day, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those who set up the truck and its exhibits or the

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