Panorama aerial shot of Georgetown campus in Washington D.C.

UI Grad Students Accepted to Summer 2019 Engaged & Public Humanities Certificate Program at Georgetown

We are delighted to announce that five UI humanities graduate students—Laura Brown (Philosophy), Samuel Jambrovic (Linguistics), Brady Krien (English), Jamie Ritzo (Philosophy), and Shu Wan (History)—have been accepted to the Graduate Certificate in the Engaged & Public Humanities at Georgetown University from June 5–8, 2019. The non-credit Certificate will offer a robust introduction to the theories and methods of the engaged and public humanities through collaborative workshops with humanities faculty and practitioners. Working together, students will explore the meanings of “public,” “engagement,” and “humanities” as they relate to the changing ecosystem of academia and the public sphere, from government entities to private industry. Participants will learn how to articulate the value of the humanities to managing climate change, global health threats, artificial intelligence and big data, and issues of cultural division and diversity. The program will be capped by a Career Expo featuring resume and interview workshops geared toward future humanities professionals. The Expo will host a broad selection of employers in a variety of enterprises in the Washington, D.C. region—ranging from libraries and think-tanks to corporations and governmental agencies—who are interested in hiring humanities scholars.

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies will provide a travel stipend, and the Graduate College will provide administrative support.

2019 UI Awardees:

Laura Brown is a doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy. Her research interests include political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of law. She is especially interested in the methodologies used by political philosophers and how those can advance or diminish anti-oppression efforts.

Samuel Jambrovic is an MA candidate in Linguistics and a recent graduate of the MFA program in Spanish Creative Writing, for which he received an Iowa Arts Fellowship. His research interests include phonetics and phonology, historical Romance linguistics, and dialectology; at the moment, he is investigating the sociolinguistic effects of coda-weakening processes in Spanish. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with degrees in Hispanic Studies and Performance Studies and was a Fulbright Fellow in Colombia before moving to Iowa City.

Brady Krien is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. He has taught in both the Rhetoric Department and the Writing Center and served as a mentor for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning’s Teaching-as-Research Fellowship. His research focuses on utilizing digital tools to examine networks of environmental writing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodicals. He received the 2019 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2017–18 Council on Teaching’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Jamie Ritzo is a PhD student in Philosophy. Her main areas of research are social and political philosophy and feminist ethics. She is a founding member of the University of Iowa Minorities and Philosophy chapter, which seeks to examine and address issues of minority participation in Philosophy, with a focus on outreach to undergraduate students. In addition, she is currently serving as the graduate student representative for the Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory. One of her projects in this capacity has been to relaunch a mentorship program connecting graduate students and faculty members with research interests in feminist philosophy.

Shu Wan currently works as a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. His research interests focus on the history of disability in East Asia and North America. He also serves as an adjunct researcher in the Research Center for Social History of Medicine at Shaanxi Normal University in China, a book review editor in multiple academic journals in China, including World History Studies and Journal of History of Social Medicine, and a public history writer and columnist in The Paper (in China) and the Muscatine Art Center in Iowa, Academia China Online Magazine and Ethnic Education in China.

Congratulations to all!