Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshops

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). In the summers of 2017 and 2019, this project seeks to expand its reach beyond the consortial partner universities by drawing on a national applicant pool of humanities doctoral students.

The three-week workshops, facilitated and directed by the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF), take place in Chicago. The workshops will bring together cohorts of thirty graduate students, selected in a competition conducted by the humanities centers (for the 2015, 2016, and 2018 summer workshops) and in a limited submission competition drawing on a national applicant pool (for the 2017 and 2019 summer workshops). All participating humanities centers 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.


Summer 2018

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: Dates to be determined, most likely July 16th through August 3rd. The workshop will take place all day, five days/week for three weeks. There are no events scheduled during weekends, but CHF will circulate a list of interesting and exciting activities happening around Chicago that students are welcome to explore on their own.