public humanities at yale | e-newsletter | april 2020

Law Professor Tracey L. Meares spoke at the New Haven Free Public Library on March 3, 2020

Welcome to the April issue of the Public Humanities @ Yale monthly e-newsletter.  

We hope you are staying safe and healthy.  

Included in our e-newsletter this month is a conversation on policing and the public good between Professors Tracey L. Meares, the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Justice Collaboratory and Matt Jacobson, William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies, History & African American Studies.  This interview took place several weeks after Tracey L. Meares's superb talk at the Ives Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) on March 3, which you can read more about here.  We very much appreciate that Tracey Meares took the time to talk with us about her life and work.

Because of the escalating public health situation due to the Coronavirus, this library event--one of our "Democracy in America" series of talks, workshops and films--unexpectedly turned out to be our final public event of this semester.  We will look forward to continuing these conversations together as soon as it is safe to do so.  

In the meantime, we are launching a new podcast series inspired by Matt Jacobson's very popular undergraduate lecture course at Yale, "The History of Right Now," which will include a new interview each month.  Please feel free to share these podcasts with friends and send us your comments and suggestions at

Please take good care!

Public Humanities Now

podcast | 4 minutes

Excerpt 1 | Matt Jacobson begins his interview with Tracey L. Meares about her work on policing and the public good.

hear the entire 33 minute conversation here

podcast| 4 minutes

Excerpt 2 |  Matt Jacobson asks Tracey L. Meares to discuss the work she was asked to do for President Obama's administration.

In this final excerpt from their conversation, Matt Jacobson and Tracey Meares talk about the things we can do to enhance the public good in our own communities: listen to this 4-minute podcast here.

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