Hall Center For The Humanities


"Master Class: What to Do to Obtain a Career in Applied Humanities"
Workshops – (Pursuing Careers in the Applied Humanities)

Thu., Mar. 27, 2014, 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Reception to follow. Please RSVP by March 21 through link below.
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

3:30 p.m. presentation; 5:00 p.m. Reception with opportunities to talk one-on-one with speakers

In the last few years, graduate programs across the country and professional organizations, such as the Modern Language Association and the American Historical Association, have increasingly recognized the need to openly discuss alternative careers for humanities graduate students. However, practical information on what career paths exist and how to approach the job search can still be difficult.

To that end, Henry Fortunato, this year's Simons Fellow in Public Humanities at the Hall Center for the Humanities, has put together two panel discussions and one master class to explore the range of options awaiting scholars in museums, archives, foundations, public history, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Featuring individuals with advanced humanities degrees who have obtained positions in media, marketing, musuems and archives, foundations, non-profits, entrepreneurial businesses, and arts and cultural organizations, the sessions will examine the diverse opportunities open to MA and PhD candidates and graduates outside of the university environment.

Attendance is not required for all three sessions, but is encouraged. Please RSVP to each session individually.

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"What to Do to Obtain a Career in Applied Humanities"

This panel will get into the nuts and bolts process of transitioning skills and ideas from an academic to a public framework. Resumes, cover letters, and interviews are crucial, and will be a primary focus of this panel. After a question and answer session about the practical experience of applying for--and getting--a job, panelists will be available to conduct quick mock interviews.

Panelists include:

Julián Zugazugoitia, Director & CEO, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Perry Collins, Grants Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities
Alex Burden, Executive Director, Truman Library Institute
Mary McMurray, White House Decision Center, Truman Library
Tracy Quillin, Director of Communications, Kansas Humanities Council
Lori Cox-Paul, Archival Operations, National Archives at Kansas City
Kelly Seward, Business Programs Director, ARTS KC
Ann Prochnow
, President, Julia Farr Collection
Mary Kennedy, Mid-America Arts Alliance

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