How to Engage Community: A Project Showcase

This moderated panel event will showcase three public humanities projects and facilitate a discussion about how to do community engaged work as a humanities scholar. Panelists will reflect on and consider a range of topics like:

  • Building relationships with community partners
  • Doing community engaged work with or without funding
  • Incorporating the project into one’s pedagogy or research goals
  • Accessing UBC resources for community engaged work

This event is part of our Public Scholarship Series. 

Monday, November 21, 2022 
2:30-4:00 pm (Pacific Time) 
Online via Zoom



  • Benjamin Bryce, Assistant Professor (History) & Noah James, MA Student (History) on the Roedde House Museum 
  • Maria Carbonetti, Lecturer (French, Hispanic and Italian Studies) on Spanish for Community
  • Sydney Lines, PhD Candidate (English) on the Heritage Vancouver Society and Museum of Vancouver
  • Kyle Nelson, Community Engaged Learning Officer (UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning) on CCEL resources and funding

Speaker Bios

Benjamin Bryce is a faculty member in the History Department and a current Public Humanities Faculty Fellow. He is working on a virtual exhibit in collaboration with the Argentine National Museum of Immigration in Buenos Aires. His research focuses on migration in the Americas. He is the chair of the Latin American Studies program at UBC, and he is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.

Noah James is beginning an MA in history at UBC, and intends to write a thesis related to the career of Alvo von Alvensleben, a prominent pre-WW1 German capitalist in British Columbia. Previously Noah earned a Bachelor of Music degree (Cello Performance) at the University of Ottawa.



Maria Carbonetti is Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies and a recipient of the Public Humanities Hub’s Public Engagement Award. She created and directs Spanish for Community, a hub for community engagement and service learning at FHIS, offering students the opportunity to apply their linguistic skills and to learn from local partners working with the Hispanic community here in Metro Vancouver and abroad.

Sydney Lines is a PhD Candidate in English, a UBC Public Scholar, and Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives at the Public Humanities Hub. She is currently collaborating on a Heritage BC-funded project called “‘Kuwentong Pamamahay’ / Stories and Storytelling of Home and Identity from Filipino Canadian Perspectives” with Heritage Vancouver Society, the Sliced Mango Collective, and UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies. She is also co-leading a new event series with Heritage Vancouver Society and the Museum of Vancouver called “Making Space,” which draws inspiration from current MOV exhibits to facilitate topical discussions about heritage and culture.

Kyle Nelson is a Community Engaged Learning Officer at the UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning. He focuses on capacity building for faculty, students and community to engage ethically while addressing complex social challenges. He is an educator, strategist and innovator. Kyle enables learning environments for students to co-create new knowledge, clarify their values and develop professional skills. He sees the potential of the university to be a site of pro-social action to advance issues around equity and social justice.