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Cultivating Productive Attitudes in Graduate Humanities Education | November 14, 2018 by John P. Heins

thinking manSince patterns of thought are the product of experience, it may help to know what mine have been: After earning my PhD in German, I taught German literature, language, and culture for ten years, after which I earned two more graduate degrees, one in library science and one in art history, and I have been working now for eleven years as a cataloging librarian in the research library at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. My curvilinear professional path has given me a few ideas about how my first graduate program in particular might have done a better job of preparing me and other students like me for a wider variety of types of work, and helped us better contextualize what exactly we were gaining in our intensive humanities education ... (to read more, click here).


Embracing the "engaged and public humanities" and abandoning "alt-ac" | July 24, 2018 by Lauren Frey


This past January, I attended the MLA Conference as project manager for the Connected Academics task-force at Georgetown University. One semester into my master’s in English, I was eager to engage in conversation with other graduate students who were interested in the pathways students can take to find jobs beyond the professoriate. Attending the Showcase of Career Diversity on Friday afternoon, I got caught up in a discussion with a small group of graduate students about the terms used to describe those pathways. One graduate student bemoaned the term “alt-ac” for reasons that have long been acknowledged ... (to read more, click here).



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