Humanities for All

A project of the National Humanities Alliance, the Humanities for All database showcases “higher ed-based publicly engaged humanities initiatives, presenting a cross-section of over 1400 undertaken over the past decade from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.” Projects are organized by discipline, theme, geography, and type of institutional and community partners. There’s plenty of material for students investigating a range of humanities options, for scholars interested in models of how to add a public facet to their research, or anybody who wants to learn more about the […]

Exploring Public Humanities at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

By Michael Pascual, Doctoral Student, American Culture I have been in school for as long as I can remember. Except for one small break during my undergrad, I have been enrolled in every semester and quarter and class since I entered into preschool in my hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. I’m qualified to call myself a lifelong learner and, at this point in my journey, a researcher. My research begins with my interest in the representation of Filipinos in America. I look at how the live display of Filipinos in the […]

Changing History – Dismantling divisions between academic and public history

Opportunities for team-based research, collaborative content development, and creating material that moves beyond classroom walls are relatively rare in humanities coursework. One model from UM’s department of history, proposed and organized by Dr. Michelle McClellan in conjunction with Dr. Lexi Lord, did all of these while providing students with experience in communicating to a range of audiences, using materials to create an argument, and working in conjunction with a range of organizations to accomplish a goal. Such skills are useful to a wide range of humanities careers inside and outside the […]

From Angst to Advocacy: My Summer with the Michigan Humanities Council

By Emelia Abbe, Doctoral Student, English Language and Literature I’ve never been sold on the idea of a strictly academic career path. As a student in the humanities, I’ve constantly wrestled with how to make sense of the greater effects of my discipline on audiences outside of the university. The circular concept of researching to write articles that other academics then use to write more articles for still more academics is a frustrating one to me — especially when I know that engaging more people outside of universities in humanities […]

“More than a sound, it’s a feel”

By Nicole Navarro, Doctoral Student, Department of History When I was accepted as a Mellon Fellow at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, I was excited for an opportunity to work in a museum setting. I have a background in museums as I worked for two and a half years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture prior to beginning my history PhD journey. I was motivated to apply for the Mellon Fellowship, and specifically to the Wright, to get back to museum work and […]

Program in Public Scholarship: Institute for Social Change

APPLY BY MARCH 5 The Program in Public Scholarship’s Institute for Social Change (ISC) is an interactive summer experience that allows students to explore the conceptual and practical dimensions of public scholarship. Through an intensive, four-day institute, students are introduced to a wide array of publicly engaged scholarship, pedagogy, and practices. The ISC is composed of thematic panels and public engagement workshops with scholars, community members, and activists, visits to local community organizations, in addition to opportunities for structured reflection and personalized feedback. Over the course of the weeklong ISC, held […]

Professional Humanities Careers Syllabus

Developed to build student awareness about the variety and range of career opportunities open to humanities doctoral students, this course – Professional Humanities Careers – from the University of Michigan’s David Porter and the MLA’s Stacy Hartman encourages students to “actively and holistically chart their own professional pathways both inside and outside of the university.”

University of Washington New Graduate Seminars in the Humanities

As part of the University of Washington’s four-year program Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, faculty fellows in the humanities are developing new courses that have a significant public-scholarship component. Though public engagement is only one way to think about redesigning graduate coursework, the course descriptions available here provide some food for thought.    

What I Did This Summer: My Mellon Fellowship Experience at the Wright Museum

Originally written by Marie Stango for the Public Humanities section of the Discover Rackham blog in November 2015 How can scholars located in the academy make their skills and work relevant to the broader community? This question is a big one for many scholars in the humanities, particularly in my field, history. It is also a particularly relevant question for historians in my major fields of interest, African American history and women’s/gender history. Historians and other scholars have been at the forefront of contemporary political issues this summer, in particular – consider […]

Towards Career Clarity: Opportunities for Humanities Students

Originally written by Laura N. Schram (Public Humanities Initiatives, Rackham Graduate School) for the Public Humanities section of the Discover Rackham blog in November 2015 Do you have a career path that you are interested in learning more about? Is there an organization that you would like to collaborate with on a small project? If so, Rackham has a program for Humanities students to pursue short-term career engagement and mentorship opportunities. Looking back at my experiences as a graduate student, I now see how several brief, focused commitments led to more career […]