The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: John Tschirch

John Tschirch is an architectural historian, teacher, blogger, and photographer. His twenty five year career in the study and preservation of historic sites and cultural heritage has led him on treks across the U.S., South America, Great Britain and Europe. John is also the author of a historical fiction trilogy, The Beauty Tales, based on classical 17th century French fairy tales. The first novel in the series, "Beauty's Hero: The Story Behind the Tale of Sleeping Beauty" is due to be published in January of 2017. More of his work can be found at

Lend Me Your Ears: Rhetoric in Ancient and Modern Times

Bust of Alcibiades. Capitalize Museum, Rome

In a democracy, the ability to persuade a voting population is the road to power itself.


The Fairy Tale Syndrome: Gender and Cultural Identity in Old Fables

The ancient fables encapsulated and codified gender archetypes arising as oral legends from the mists of time, yet much is missing in that narrative and not all of the aspects of the timeless tales serve us well in contemporary society.


Food and Cultural Identity in a Crisis

A Syrian woman cooks Aleppo-style kebab on a platter over a propane stove in her apartment in the southern Turkish city of Kilis, near the border with Syria, in December 2015. Nish Nalbandian

Architectural historian John Tschirch explores the experience of those who lose their tangible heritage yet preserve their cultural identity in food.