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Public Humanities Graduate Research Workshop

Fall 2020—The Alice Kaplan Institute announces its inaugural graduate student research workshop focused on the Public Humanities.

As part of this workshop, we are interested in exploring the full range and impact of publicly-engaged scholarship, while helping participants develop the professional skills and networks to make their work more relevant, legible, and meaningful to publics across and beyond the university. With an eye to connecting theory to practice, workshop participants will also be given research support and mentorship opportunities if they wish to pursue their own public humanities projects during the course of the year.

The workshop hosts events each quarter. These sessions will provide participants an opportunity to engage faculty, staff, and professionals—from across Northwestern and other institutions around the country—who can speak to the importance of publicly-engaged work but also provide skills training and professional mentorship.


Negar Razavi, ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow of the Kaplan Institute, and Rebekah Bryer, doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama Program.

The Public Humanities Graduate Research Workshop is sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Center for Civic Engagement, and Northwestern Career Advancement.


Open to public
Creating Careers in Public Institutions

April 2, 2021
12:00 - 1:30 pm CST via Zoom

Event link:
(No pre-registration necessary)

A career diversity event with Matti Bunzl (Wien Museum), Livia Alexander (ArteEast), and Michelle Wilkinson (National Museum of African American History and Culture).

Please join us for a dynamic gathering of scholars to consider what it means to work publically. The Kaplan Humanities Institute will host a lively discussion and Q&A with Matti Bunzl, Livia Alexander, and Michelle Wilkinson—scholars who successfully pivoted from academia to forge rewarding careers in public institutions (and still maintain a "foot" in the academy). You’ll learn ways to think about linking your work and interests to thrive in jobs with potential to shape broader publics.

Career Workshops with Elysse Longiotti
April 23 and May 7, 2021

Recruitment Perspectives for PhDs - A Career Exploration Event for Humanities and Social Sciences
May 21, 2021 
With Dr. Dana Bilsky Asher, Dr. Kimberly Singletary, and Dr. Greg Acs


Open to public
Digital Storytelling Mini Workshop for Graduate Students
February 12, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST via Zoom

What are the various forms of digital storytelling that academics often turn to share their work? Podcasts sure, but what about visual essays, short films, interactive websites, or online photo exhibits? How can you get started and what do you need to know to share your work? Join C.A. Davis, digital storyteller and producer of the Weinberg Media and Design Studio, for this informal workshop to discuss basic principles of digital storytelling and resources for graduate students. You will be sent different examples of digital storytelling ahead of the workshop. Space is limited, so please register ahead of time!

Defining your Expertise for Public Engagement
January 29, 2021

Elysse Longiotti (Northwestern Career Advancement) and Amy Güth.

Community Collaboration and Public Engagement
February 26, 2021
With Patricia Nguyen, Elliot Heilman, Nadine Naber, and Dino Robinson


Initial Meeting—Introductions and Overview
October 30, 2020

For our first workshop event, participants had an opportunity to introduce themselves and discuss their own interests in the public humanities. In addition, Ruth Curry, the Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement, helped participants contextualize and understand the place of public humanities within the university structure.

Adapting Your Work to Respond to Public Need 
November 13, 2020

Panel discussion with Cynthia Nazarian (Department of French and Italian), Doug Kiel (History and Kaplan), and Jessica Winegar (Anthropology and Kaplan) on how scholars translate and adapt their academic work to different publics in moments of societal crisis or public need. Breakout sessions invited participants to discuss their own motivations and stakes in doing public humanities work, and how they would position their  research and expertise.


For a curated listing of other Northwestern events that cover topics of publicly engaged scholarship and professional development, visit the events page.

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