Alternative Academic Career Summer Workshops for Pre-doctoral Students in the Humanities

This project aims to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy through a series of summer workshops. Graduate students selected for this program will engage in intensive discussions with organizers of public humanities projects, leaders of university presses and learned societies, experts in the various domains of the digital humanities, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and holders of important non-faculty positions in colleges and universities (academic administrators, student services professionals, librarians and archivists, development officers, and so forth). The three-week workshops will take place in Chicago in the summer of 2015; the consortium partners will determine the best location for the summer, 2016 workshop. The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) offices will supply administrative support and logistical assistance. The workshops will bring together cohorts of thirty graduate students, selected in a spring competition conducted by the humanities centers, each of which will be responsible for recruiting applicants with broad interdisciplinary interests and with the capacity to represent a broadened vision of life in the humanities upon returning to their campuses. The expectation is that the centers themselves, by engaging with this project, will strengthen their capacity to serve as cross-disciplinary engines for the reorganization of graduate programs in the humanities.

Where: Chicago, Illinois. Most weekday workshop events will take place at the Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St (at N. Michigan Ave.). Some will take place at sites in and around Chicago.

When: Summer 2015—July 20th through August 7th. The workshop will take place all day, five days/week for three weeks. Optional events will be scheduled for weekends during the workshop.