Speaker Series

Doris Sommer: Cases for Culture | March 27, 2018

A lecture by Dr. Doris Sommer, Tuesday, March 27th, 3pm to 5:30 Pm - Cases For Culture - Executive Conference Room (Room 700) Intercultural Center Georgetown

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

Come join Connected Academics at Georgetown University for a discussion on how to reinvent graduate education in the humanities (and find out why the “barista myth” is just a myth).

This panel will bring together Paul Yachnin (McGill University) and Scott Krawczyk (Long Island University), who come with extensive knowledge on mentoring graduate students for diverse careers in the humanities. The discussion will focus on the question of what academic instutions, faculty, and graduate students can do to foster a broader awareness of — and excitement for — career pathways outside of academia. The event will also hold a Q&A. 

This conversation will be especially pertinent if you are a graduate student who is interested in:

  • rethinking the narrative of your master’s or doctoral journey,
  • practicing strategies for pursuing fulfilling careers in a variety of settings (from think tanks and academic administration to nonprofit and private industry roles),
  • and translating skills and habits of thought central to a graduate education.

Registration is free, all are welcome, and lunch will be provided.  For more information or to register, please visit the Public Humanities website.   

The Public Humanities and Beyond - a forum for graduate students and faculty to explore diverse careers in the humanities - Paul Yachnin and Scott Krawcyk - March 16, 2018

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

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

Sidonie Smith spoke to us 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 that is 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.