Humanities Graduate Education for the World’s Work: A Symposium

Join executive directors Paula Krebs (MLA) and Jim Grossman (AHA) and other visionaries at our second convening on career diversity and humanities graduate education. This time, we zero in on public scholarship and graduate education, supporting students from underrepresented groups, and partnering with community colleges—where the humanities are thriving.

Read speakers’ bios and “thought pieces” about humanities graduate education to prepare for the conversation–

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University of Iowa Graduate College. All events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public. No registration required. View the full schedule below.


Friday, September 13, 2019
Hotel Vetro, Level 2

9:00–9:15 —  Welcome

  • John Keller, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education; Dean of the Graduate College
  • Teresa Mangum, Professor, Departments of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English; Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

9:15–10:30 — Scholarly Associations & Graduate Education: Diversifying Career Planning in the Humanities

Moderator: Teresa Mangum

  • Paula Krebs, Executive Director, Modern Language Association
  • Jim Grossman, Executive Director, American Historical Association

10:30–10:45 — Break

10:45–11:00 —  Welcome

  • Montserrat Fuentes, Executive Vice President and Provost

11:00-12:15 — Humanities & Wicked Problems: Project-Based Graduate Education

Moderator: Claire Fox, Professor, Departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese; Chair, Department of English

  • Sally Kitch, University and Regents Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies; Founding Director, Institute for Humanities Research and Humanities Lab; Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Wrigley Institute for Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • Brennan Collins, Associate Director, Center for Instructional Innovation and Writing Across the Curriculum and The Innovation Fellowship Program; Senior Academic Professional, Department of English, Georgia State University

12:15–1:30 — Lunch on Your Own

1:30–2:45 — Humanities & Engaged Practice: University of Michigan’s Public Scholars

Moderator: Christine Getz, Professor, School of Music, and Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Matthew Countryman, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of African American Studies; Associate Professor of History and American Culture
  • Joseph Cialdella PhD, Program Manager, Rackham Program in Public Scholarship

  • Vivian Truong, Doctoral Candidate, American Culture

2:45–3:00 — Break

3:00–4:30 — Mellon Humanities for the Public Good Interns & Community Partners 

Host: Jennifer New, Associate Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and Director, Humanities for the Public Good Graduate Internship Program

  • Andrew Boge, Communication Studies
  • Hannah Bonner, Cinematic Arts
  • Marie Culpepper, French & Italian
  • Michael Davis, Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Alex Denison, Cinematic Arts
  • Mark Rheaume, School of Music
  • Paul Schmitt, English
  • Kathleen Shaughnessy, English

4:30–6:00 — Networking Reception on the Hotel Vetro Roof (or 2nd floor/rain space)

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Gerber Lounge, 304 English-Philosophy Building (EPB)

9:00–10:15 — Humanities Education & Community Colleges: Re-Imagining How We Teach Teaching

Moderator: Russ Ganim, Director, Division of World Languages and Literatures, and Professor and Department Chair, Departments of French and Italian and German

  • Paula Krebs, Executive Director, MLA and Former Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bridgewater State University, and leader in the New England Cross-Sector Partnership
  • Rachel Arteaga, Assistant Director, Simpson Center for the Humanities and Associate Program Director, Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, University of Washington

10:15–10:30 — Break

10:30–11:45 — Applied Graduate Humanities

Moderator: Landon Storrs, Professor and Chair, Department of History

  • Javier Duran, Professor and Director, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry; Professor, Latin American & Border Studies; and Director of the Mellon-funded Fronteridades: U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Project and Christian Ruvalcaba, Research Coordinator at Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, University of Arizona
  • Raymond Haberski, Jr., Professor of American Studies and History and Director of the American Studies “applied” PHD Program, University of Indiana and Purdue University Indianapolis

11:45–12:15 — Wrap-up Discussion

12:15–1:30 — HPG Advisory Board Working Lunch*

1:30–3:30 — HPG Advisory Board Planning Meeting*

*With our apologies, these two Saturday afternoon events are limited to the Humanities for the Public Good Advisory Board