Partner Presentations

Session I: Georgetown University

“Sustaining the Public Humanities Ph.D. Model: Teaching, Mentoring and Placement”

Presenters: Margaret Debelius, Ricardo Ortiz, Kathryn Temple, Justin Quam

Brief Description: Our panel will share our progress in developing a sustainable Ph.D. in the Public Humanities at Georgetown, focusing particularly on what we have learned about the kinds of pedagogy, mentoring, and placement activities necessary to the project. In particular, we are interested in new models for exploring the history and culture of the Public Humanities, as well as in best mentoring practices for students who wish to seek employment suitable to the degree. As a secondary issue, we will share what we have learned about creating a certificate program in the Public Humanities and running these two complementary programs concurrently.

Guiding Questions:

  • What can we learn from existing MA programs in the Public Humanities and from humanities centers with programs in the public humanities?
  • What is new to our project?

Session II: Modern Language Association 

“Rethinking the Dissertation”

Moderator: Stacy Hartman

Respondent: David Laurence

Panelists: Jennifer Rhodes, Sarah Hildebrand, William Fenton

Brief Description: This panel will explore how the forms and functions of the dissertation might change in response to a broader understanding of humanities careers. Participants at various stages of dissertation writing will reflect on the dissertations they are conceiving, re-conceiving, writing, or have already written in the light of their experience in the MLA proseminar and their career ambitions.

Guiding Questions:

  • Can the dissertation be driven by the intellectual problems that interest the student and at the same time function as a step to careers beyond postsecondary teaching?
  • How does the dissertation expand the student’s capacities or require them to stretch as a scholar or humanist?
  • And finally, how does it contribute to the development of humanistic expertise?

Session III: University California Humanities Research Institute

Sustaining Resistance: The Discourse and Work of Community Through Humanists@Work”

Moderator: Kelly Anne Brown, UCHRI

Respondent: David Theo Goldberg, UCHRI

Panelists: Anirban Gupta-Nigam, UCHRI/UC Irvine, Rebecca Lippman, UC Los Angeles, Annie Maxfield, UC Los Angeles

Brief Description: Now entering its fourth year, Humanists@Work has begun to focus on targeted interventions within the sphere of graduate education. Chief among these is the role of community, and its importance for graduate students’ well-being and success, as critical for professionalization programming, and indeed as essential for culture change within the academy and beyond. Community is also a way of extending the reach of Humanists@Work, impacting university students, staff, and faculty, university structures more generally, and even employers. Following short presentations and case studies by our participants, we want to engage in a critical conversation that addresses resistance, community, and graduate student professionalization.

Guiding Questions:

  • In this panel we want to examine “sustainability”—what does it mean?
  • how does it operate in un/expected ways?
  • where do we situate our work?—and how our work with different communities is driven by a nuanced understanding of sustainability within the context of graduate student professionalization.

Session IV: Arizona State University

“Internships for Humanists: Reimagining Career Pathways through Transferrable Skills”

Moderator: Eric Wertheimer

Respondent: George Justice

Panelists: Duane Roen, Alfredo Artiles, Ruby Macksoud, Karen Foltz

Brief Description: This panel will address how departments and schools can build upon existing work already being done to link doctoral students to interesting professional experiences outside the typically sought-after tenure-track academic position. ASU leaders, Duane Roen and Alfredo Artiles will discuss developing para-curricular programs and working creatively amongst university complexities to build relationships between career paths and humanistic training. Ruby Macksoud, who has spent years working with industry, NGOs, academic institutions, government, and start-ups in the Valley of the Sun and Karen Foltz the Connected Academics internship coordinator will speak to the internship effort, using the infrastructure from our digital portfolio initiative, and sustainable structures.

Guiding Questions:

  • how does one articulate the value of an internship?
  • is there resistance?
  • how does a program generate interest and establish partnerships?