Hall Center For The Humanities


"Panel Discussion: Why Pursue a Career in Applied Humanities?"
Workshops – (Pursuing Careers in the Applied Humanities)

Thu., Mar. 6, 2014, 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Reception to follow. Please RSVP by February 28 through the 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, museums 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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"Why Pursue a Career in Applied Humanities?"

Panelists will sketch out the terrain of the public humanities, including types of positions available, possible career paths,  and job satisfaction. Offering practical advice and personal anecdotes, panelists will demonstrate why choosing to work in the public humanities is anything but a Plan B.

Panelists include:

Matt Naylor, President/CEO, National World War I Museum
Clay Bauske, Museum Curator, Harry S. Truman Library
Dee A. Harris, Exhibits Specialist, National Archives at Kansas City
Eli Paul, Manager, Missouri Valley Special Collection, Kansas City Public Library
Jason Roe, Digital Content Manager, Civil War on the Western Border website
Aimee Larrabee, Documentary filmmaker, Inland Sea Productions
Steve Nowak, Director, Watkins Museum of History
Jean Svadlenak, Museum consultant

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