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Material culture and public humanities

Material culture is the study of physical objects and the placement of those objects in critical, theoretical, and historical perspectives as the products of distinct cultures. This study involves multiple disciplines including art history, folklore, museum studies, interior design, architecture, industrial design, archaeology, anthropology, geography, history, and economics. The study of public humanities bridges the divide between academia and the public by encouraging dialog on cultural and social issues. Public humanities programs promote learning in fields such as history, literature, comparative religion, culture, and philosophy.

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  • Bruce Pencek
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