Publicly-Engaged Humanities Graduate Education by Degrees

As the University of Iowa Andrew W. Mellon-funded Humanities for the Public Good Initiative participants design a graduate certificate and Master’s degree, we’ve consulted with many leaders in graduate education. They’ve shared creative experiments with a number of degrees–from certificates to Master’s degrees, to a Ph.D. Join us for a conversation with a few of those leaders on Tuesday, April 12 from 3:00-4:30 CT on Zoom

Humanities Labs: New Formations for Graduate Education

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM CST
Zoom: Register

What is a humanities lab? Imagine a problem and project-based court in American or African American Studies, arts or performance, communication studies, film, GWSS, literature, language, history, philosophy, or religious studies in which your reading and writing addressed a pressing social challenge. Imagine testing how humanists could help address that challenge working alongside a community partner. Join us as we learn about humanities lab courses across the country. Then consider applying for summer funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Humanities for the Public Good initiative—perhaps with a colleague and/or community partner—to develop a humanities lab that both supports the goals of HPG and serves graduate students in your home department.

This virtual event is free and open to all, but registration is required.


  • Monica Boyd, Senior Program Director, Humanities Labs, Arizona State University
  • Rita Chin, Professor, History, University of Michigan
  • Susan Moffatt, Creative Director, Future Histories Lab, and Executive Director, Global Urban Humanities Initiative, University of California Berkeley
  • Valentina Rozas-Krause, Postdoctoral Fellow, History of Art (Architecture), University of Michigan

Next-Generation Dissertations—New Projects for an Engaged Academy

Date: Monday, March 7, 2022
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM CST
Zoom: Register

Dissertation reform is an essential thread in the tapestry of reimagining doctoral education. More and more scholars are finding creative ways to share their scholarly research and intellectual insights in dynamic, engaging forms such as graphic novels, mobile games, documentary films, and more, and are having an impact both within and beyond the academy. Join several humanities and social science scholars and the advisors who have supported them to learn more about these projects and why this kind of work matters. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School at Syracuse University and the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Humanities for the Public Good Initiative at the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. It celebrates the launch of the Next-Generation Dissertations website (Syracuse) and adds to the ongoing reflections on graduate education reform taking place through the Humanities for the Public Good program (Iowa). It has been coordinated in collaboration with Katina L. Rogers.

This virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


  • Jesse Merandy and advisor Matthew K. Gold
  • Kay Sohini and advisor Lisa Diedrich 
  • Justin Schell 
  • Sonia Estima
  • Introduction/framing: Teresa Mangum and Glenn Wright
  • Moderator: Katina Rogers

Read speaker bios on the UI Events Calendar.


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