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Practice-based, cross-disciplinary opportunities for graduate students interested in diverse careers
Humanities for the Public Good is an integrative, collaborative, practice-based graduate Certificate and Master’s degree in development. The goal of the both the Certificate and Master’s degree is to explore ways the study of the arts, history, languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and other areas that comprise our strong humanities departments in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences can be combined with experiential, cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral learning experiences to prepare students to center equity, inclusion, and social justice in any and every career or workspace. We’re genuinely hopeful that the methods, materials, and mindsets of the humanities combined with practical skills and values-driven purpose can be excellent preparation for any number of careers. The program is funded through grant from the Mellon Foundation. The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies is grateful for energetic collaboration with the UI Graduate College and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Faculty: Apply to Transform a Graduate Seminar to a Humanities Lab in Summer '23!
Letters of inquiry due March 7, 2023, by 5:00 p.m.
This year, we’re thrilled that our Mellon Humanities for the Public Good grant is funding four graduate humanities labs that are transforming “on the books” graduate courses in English, Cinematic Arts, Linguistics, and History. Faculty members are reimagining traditional seminars as applied, experiential “labs” that offer graduate students meaningful ways to connect advanced studies in the humanities with both a social challenge and skills valued in multiple career settings. Read about these current and developing courses.
Now, we’re delighted that we can provide funding to develop two additional labs in summer 2023. The $15,000 funding can support a planning team including faculty, staff, graduate students, and/or community partners to work together in summer 2023 to develop the lab. In addition, the host department receives $10,000 to acknowledge their commitment to experimentation and collaboration. The course should be offered in the 2023-24 or 2024-25 academic year. View details and examples of humanities labs across the country, along with a detailed description of the application process.
Grad Students: Apply for a Summer '23 HPG Internship!
Applications due March 9, 2023, by 5:00 p.m.
Experiential learning is a cornerstone of the Humanities for the Public Good PhD as we create a program centered around the applied humanities. Eight internships are available for summer 2023 for UI PhD students in the humanities or humanities-adjacent disciplines. Interns will spend two summer months working with and for a campus or community partner on a specific project or area of focus. In addition to their work on site, interns also attend weekly cohort meetings and complete assignments that provide professionalizing skills and contextualize the internship experiences.
Interns should expect to work 30 hours a week for eight weeks: June 5 through July 28. This includes approximately three hours each week dedicated to cohort meetings, writing, and other assignments. All work is intended to be completed on-site. Interns receive $5,000 on successful completion of their position. Mileage compensation is available for any positions that entail travel.