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Reimagining the Humanities PhD for Diverse Career Pathways: Lessons from MLA’s Connected Academics
WhenTuesday, May 16, 2017, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room120
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Special Events, Workshops

In the face of a changing academic job market, graduate programs in the humanities, humanities centers, and organizations such as the American Historical Association, the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities are increasingly asking questions such as:

  • How do we articulate the value of the humanities to those outside the academy?
  • How can we reimagine graduate education in the humanities to emphasize both academic outreach in the form of the public humanities and also “inreach” — the influence of humanists working directly in organizations such as government agencies, think tanks, educational associations, and businesses?
  • How do we prepare humanities PhD students to be influential in a diversity of academic and non-academic careers?

The MLA’s Connected Academics program helps reimagine graduate humanities education through mentoring and networking opportunities, public scholarship, digital humanities projects, and the creation of partnerships beyond the academy. Join us in learning from the insights of Connected Academics and thinking about how they might be applied to graduate programs in philosophy and other humanities disciplines.

Torsten Menge (PhD, Philosophy, Georgetown University) is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Arkansas. After finishing his PhD, he worked for a year as the project manager for Reinvent the PhD/H – Connected Academics at Georgetown, one of three partners of the MLA’s Connected Academics project, funded by the Mellon Foundation. 

Presented by #PhilosophyBranchesOut, a collaboration of the Department of Philosophy graduate program, the Graduate School/Core Programs, and the Next Generation Humanities PhD initiative of the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Reception to follow.

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