Friday, February 2, 2018

Two University of Iowa graduate students have been named as Humanities Without Walls consortium 2018 pre-doctoral workshop fellows. Lydia Maunz-Breese (English, CLAS) and Makayla Steiner (English, CLAS) will be among 30 students from the consortium who will participate in a three-week career diversity workshop in Chicago. 


Under the leadership of the Chicago Humanities Festival, participants 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). Graduates from the workshop, which is in its fourth summer, emerge with a network of contacts in a range of professional realms; a significantly broadened sense of the career possibilities that await humanities PhDs; a cohort of “alternative academic" fellows from whom they may draw support and advice; and a set of resources aimed at helping them advance into the various realms considered under the broad rubric of “the public humanities.”


Humanities Without Walls, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a consortium of 15 institutions across the Midwest and beyond. The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies is the institutional home for the University of Iowa. The consortium supports two main initiatives: summer workshops for pre-doctoral students in the humanities who intend to pursue careers outside the academy and funding cross-institutional research teams. 


To learn more about these initiatives and the Humanities Without Walls Consortium, please check out the Humanities Without Walls Website.