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Graduate Certificate in the Engaged and Public Humanities - Four day seminar, June 5 - 8, 2019 - Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - Flyer

To apply for the 2019 Graduate Certificate in the Engaged and Public Humanities, please visit this website.

The Graduate Certificiate in the Engaged and Public Humanities is proud to present Professionalization 2.0, A Keynote Address by Leonard Cassuto, Author of the Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We can Fix it (2015) - June 5, 2019 9:00 am - Welcome from Dean Norberto Grzywacxan and Professor Kathryn Temple, 9:30 am - Keynote by Leonard Cassuto of Fordham University- Location: McShain Large in McCarthy Hall

All are welcome to join us for the keynote address with Leonard Cassuto, happening on Wed., June 5 at 9:30 a.m. in McShain Large, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University.

Past Events


PhDs in the world: a crash course in careers beyond the academy | Friday, April 5, 2019


Becoming a Radical Public Intellectual | Wednesday, April 3, 2019

McCarthy Hall, Southwest Quad, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 20007

Karsonya Wise Whitehead, a professor at Loyola University Maryland, award-winning author, three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, OpEd columnist, and host of the daily drive time talk radio show “Today With Dr. Kaye,” discusses how the humanities must intersect with real-world issues to counteract irrelevancy; how we can leverage our humanities education for change; and, how we can all learn to communicate better across social, economic, racial, and gender lines. Her most recent book is RaceBrave (2016).

Professional Planning and Development for graduate students in the humanities. When: Friday, January 25, 2019, 10:30 am to 12:00 PM. Where: Philosophy Dept. Conference Room, New North 204

Discussion on Diverse Careers | Friday, January 25, 2019

Philosophy Dept. Conference Room, Georgetown University

Panelists: Rob Yates, Candidate for Ph.D. at CUNY; Daniel Fisher, Project Director at National Humanities Alliance; Kathryn Temple, J.D., Ph.D., PI for Connected Academics, Professor at Department of English, Georgetown University

Moderator: Lauren Frey, M.A. in English Candidate

PhD Career Day, Friday Nov. 30 9 am to 4pm. Leavey Center, Georgetown University

PhD Career Day at Georgetown | Friday, November 30, 2018

Leavey Center, Georgetown University

Led by John Paulas, PhD, President of PhD Matters, Ltd

Sponsored by Connected Academics, Kathryn Temple, Principal Investigator


Coffee and breakfast (9 am—10am)

Seminar: Humanities PhDs Working in the World (10 am—12 pm)

This lively interactive seminar introduces graduate students to ways of thinking about their future lives and careers as humanities professionals. The seminar offers examples of the wide variety of careers that humanities Ph.D.s pursue along with practical advice, exercises, and encouragement. Come and ask questions about writing resumes, using online job search resources, and translating your skills for public-facing employment.

Lunch (12pm—1pm)

DC Humanities PhD Lives and Livelihoods (1pm—4pm)

This event brings DC-area humanities Ph.D.s working in a variety of careers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors to connect with graduate students in a fast-paced “speed dating” format. Please join us in this opportunity to speak with knowledgeable professionals who have made the transition from academia to public-facing positions. Confirmed professionals include:

  1. Evan Rhodes, Ph.D., English, University of Virginia, Manager, Deloitte
  2. Joe Leonard, Jr., Ph.D., American History, Howard University, Chief of Staff to the Senior Advisor for Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC
  3. Patricia A. Soler, Ph.D., Spanish, Georgetown, IT Specialist at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  4. James N. Class, Ph.D., Georgetown, Russian and European Intellectual History, DC Policy Engagement Lead, Gilead Sciences (Biotech)
  5. Maggie Gram, Ph.D., English, Harvard University, UX Designer, Mohr Design
  6. Raashi Rastogi, Ph.D., Renaissance Literature, Northwestern University, Alexandria Health Department, Communications Lead

Registration is open to 40 graduate students on a first-come, first served basis.

Connected Academics is a national-scale project led by the Modern Language Association and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aimed at preparing doctoral students of language and literature to be influential in a diversity of academic and non-academic careers.

Institute for Connected Academics Task Forces | September 12-14th, 2018

connected academics institute hosted by Georgetown University - September 12-15, 2018

Career Expo for Humanities Scholars | June 23, 2018 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Graduate Certificate in the Engaged & Public Humanities | June 21-23 

Graduate Certificate in the Engaged & Public Humanities | June 21-23

Connected Academics Coffee Hour | May 2 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

coffee break MA and PhD Students, Wednesday May 2nd, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Car Barn, Room 427

Cases for Culture: A lecture with Doris Sommer | March 27, 2018

Cases for Culture - a Lecture by Dr. Doris Sommer Tuesday March 27th 3pm to 5:30 pm

The Public Humanities and Beyond: A Forum with Paul Yachnin and Scott Krawczyk | March 16, 2018

Public Humanities and Beyond -A Forum with Paul Yachnin and Scott Krawczyk | March 16, 2018

Beyond Academia: Georgetown’s Inaugural Career Fair for Humanities Scholars | MAY 24, 2017

Beyond Academia - Georgetown University's Inaugural Career Fair for Humanities Scholars

Sara Guyer: The Humanities of Tomorrow | May 6, 2016

Scholarly Communication Symposium | April 7, 2016

Inspired by the Provost’s recent blog posts (The Great Recession and the Humanities and A Home for Humanities’ Scholarship, the Scholarly Communication Committee’s Spring Symposium examined how humanities research is communicated to both scholars and the public. Traditionally, the primary avenue of communication is peer-reviewed publication, either publishing a scholarly monograph or contributing an article to a journal. With monograph sales declining and university presses becoming increasingly cautious about publishing them, the burden falls to academic journals, and the results of humanities research and scholarship become less widely available. To improve the impact of humanities scholarship, the symposium will explore how scholarship might be more broadly disseminated, thus allowing humanists to reach key audiences.

Speakers included Robert Groves (Provost of Georgetown University), Robert Newman (Director of the National Humanities Center), and Jane Aikin (Director of the Division of Research Programs at the NEH). 

Sidonie Smith: Manifesto for the Humanities | November 30, 2015

Sidonie Smith spoke about her new book Manifesto for the Humanities: Transforming Doctoral Education in “Good Enough” Times. In it, Smith advocates for a 21st century doctoral education responsive to the changing ecology of humanistic scholarship and teaching. She elaborates a more expansive conceptualization of coursework and dissertation, a more robust, engaged public humanities, and a more diverse, collaborative, and networked sociality.

Smith is the Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. She was the 2010 president of the Modern Language Association. Her research has explored issues in human rights and personal narrative, autobiography studies, feminist theory, and postcolonial literatures. Her most recent book Manifesto for the Humanities (Michigan, 2015) is freely available to read online.

Maggie Debelius: “So what are you going to do with that?” | October 30, 2015

Maggie Debelius, co-author of So What Are You Going to Do with That? Finding Careers Outside Academia (University of Chicago, 2014) spoke about the newly revised edition of her guide to postacademic career options for M.A.s, Ph.D.s, and graduate students. Debelius and her co-author Susan Basalla interviewed hundreds of graduate alumni across disciplines to find out how they have found satisfying careers outside of academia. 

Debelius is a Teaching Professor in the Department of English at Georgetown and the Director of Faculty Initiatives at Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). She holds an M.A. in English from Georgetown and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton.

Reinvent the Humanities PhD Retreat | Oct 23-24, 2015 

We held a two-day event: first, a public forum at Georgetown University addressing innovations in humanities doctoral education Friday, October 23 at 4 p.m. followed by discussion and a reception. Speakers included Jane McAuliff (Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress), Peter Brooks (Andrew W. Mellong Foundation Scholar at Princeton University), Juli Meloni (Senior Manager of Software Engineering at Hobsons), and Katja Zelljadt (Director of the NEH Office of Challenge Grants).  This framed our day-long series of interactive working group discussions on Saturday, October 24 from 9 to 5 p.m. where we explored ways to better prepare humanities Ph.D. students for opportunities both within and outside of the academy.

Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Summer Institute | May 18-21, 2015 

Georgetown’s Connected Academics team engaged in a design lab focused on rethinking the Ph.D., including issues of curriculum structure, funding, and integration with the broader workforce.  Below, Associate Professor and Chair of English at Georgetown, Ricardo Ortiz, talks about his experience with the PODS (Productive Open Design Spaces) lab: