National Experiments in Career Diversity: Humanities for the Public Good Working Symposium

March 8, 2019  | Iowa City Public Library | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE to join our guests for lunch.

Across the country, leaders of PhD programs in the humanities face a conundrum. How can a department honor the subjects, methods, and practices of their disciplines while also preparing graduates for diverse careers? To inspire our thinking, we have invited guests from some of the most imaginative programs across the country for a Working Symposium that asks: What would an introductory course for an interdisciplinary humanities PhD look like? What can we learn from alumni? How are departments preparing students to create digital and publicly engaged scholarship? To work collaboratively? How can we weave experiential learning into graduate studies? How can we best support humanities graduate students from underrepresented groups? What alternatives to the proto-monograph dissertation might serve students seeking careers in administration, curriculum development, government, non-profits, and publishing? We’ve asked our guests to provide thought pieces, which you’ll find below, to get the conversation started. In addition, here’s what our graduate students in UI humanities departments have to say.



Friday, March 8, 2018
Iowa City Public Library

9:00 Coffee

9:15-9:30 Welcome and Agenda for the Day, Teresa Mangum, Professor and Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

9:30-10:45 Evidence-Based Envisioning of the Future of Humanities Graduate Education

  • Maureen McCarthy, Council of Graduate Schools
    • The National View—Who Is Getting Jobs Where?
  • Edward Balleisen, Duke University
    • The National and Local View—Yearlong Study from Duke University and The VersatileHumanist
  • Stacy Hartman, City University of New York
    • Connected Academics
  • Jenna Lay, Lehigh University
    • The Local View and Collegiate Collaboration—What We’re Learning at Lehigh

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Roundtable 1

  • Beth Boehm, University of Louisville—graduate mentoring, community engagement
  • Molly McCarthy, University of California Davis—mentoring, community-engaged research
  • Ryan McBride, Tulane University—public engagement, service-learning

12:00-1:30 Lunch will be provided for registered participants at MERGE

1:30-2:30 Roundtable 2

  • Kathryn Temple, Georgetown University—XXX
  • Davis Nugent, Emory University—international global skills
  • Jason Puskar, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee—curricular change

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Roundtable 3

  • Glenn Wright, Syracuse University—curricular change, alternatives to the dissertation
  • Kelly Anne Brown, University of California Irvine—culture change, professional activities
  • Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Duke University—mentoring/advising/coaching

3:45-5:00 Breakout Session 

5:00-5:30 Reflections and Opportunities

REGISTER by Friday, February 22 for lunch.

Free and open to the public.

Hosted by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the UI Graduate College.