The HPG Advisory Board: On the Meaning of Humanities and the Work of Higher Education Amidst COVID-19

In the final week of March 2020, as the University of Iowa geared up to commence classes and work from home in response to the novel coronavirus, members of the Humanities for the Public Good advisory board offered some informal, of-the-moment reflections about their work as humanists during this globally anxious time. Our board members bravely shared both professional and personal thoughts to the prompts (highlighted below in bold). To protect their honesty and vulnerability in thinking through the current tensions and opportunities in the humanities, their specific responses are anonymous; instead, we employ the page break line to indicate a transition to a different member's response.

Historically Speaking: History PhDs Tell Stories of Working Outside the Academy

University of Iowa Department of History alumni: Dr. Sylvea Hollis, Dr. Eric Zimmer, and Dr. Karen Christianson On February 24th -- with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Graduate College, the College of Liberal Arts and…

On networking, collaboration, and empathy: a conversation with the AHA’s career diversity expert Dylan Ruediger

In the first cold months of 2020, Humanities for the Public Good will host two events that focus on networking and career diversity: our "Working Relationships" workshop on February 13th and "Historically Speaking," an alumni event featuring History PhDs on February 24th. To help set the scene for these upcoming programming events, Mellon postdoctoral fellow Ashley Cheyemi McNeil interviewed Dylan Ruediger, coordinator of career diversity and institutional research at the American Historical Association.

UI PhD Alumni: Where They Are Now

With the season’s first snow hanging in the air, over 30 people gathered from 15 different departments across the University of Iowa at MERGE co-working space in downtown Iowa City to learn about career diversity from humanities PhD alumni. Eight PhD alumni (seven from the University of Iowa), some of whom work beyond the academy and others who occupy a wide range of teaching positions in education, traveled to Iowa City from across the country to share their experiences and insights.

Humanities Graduate Education for the World’s Work Symposium: Reflection & Summary

On September 13 - 14th, with support from the Mellon Foundation and the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the symposium brought together scholars and higher education advocates from across the nation, including speakers from seven institutions and two national associations representing eight states.

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…

Congrats to the Inaugural HPG Summer Interns!

2019 HUMANITIES FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD INAUGURAL CLASS OF SUMMER INTERNS The following humanities and humanities-adjacent University of Iowa PhD students have been competitively selected to spend this summer working with local arts and culture organizations on specific projects. They…

UI Awarded two grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation totaling $1.6 Million

One grant will bring exciting speakers to campus for a yearlong seminar on Latina/o/x identities and cultures; the other will create practice-based, cross-disciplinary opportunities for humanities graduate students interested in diverse careers. The University of Iowa (UI) Obermann Center for…