Humanities Without Walls Applications due Nov 1st

Author: Erik Oswald

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The Humanities Without Walls is a consortium of humanities centers and institutes at 15 major research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. The HWW pre-doctoral summer workshop is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF). Guided by one of the leading public humanities organizations in the nation, these workshops encourage doctoral students to think of themselves as agents of the public humanities and showcase opportunities beyond the walls of the academy in an uncertain academic job climate.

We invite applications for fellowships from pre-doctoral students to participate in a three-week intensive, residential summer workshop for individuals who are working towards but have not yet received a PhD in a humanities discipline, and who plan to continue their degree programs while also considering careers outside the academy and/or the tenure-track university system.

The summer workshop will instruct students in the various ways they can leverage their pre-existing and developing skill sets towards the pursuit of careers in the public humanities and the private sector. Familiarity with the vital connections between academic and public worlds can also enrich traditional scholarly endeavors.

Guest speakers—including leaders from the non-profit world, the private sector, federal and state government offices, public media, arts administration, NGOs, and more—will make daily presentations to workshop fellows. Field trips to relevant sites will supplement the instruction that takes place in the workshop.

Graduates from the workshop will 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 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.”

Applications (and two letters of recommendation) must be submitted to Erik Oswald ( no later than 6pm Eastern on November 1st. You may contact Erik with any questions in the meantime as well.

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Testimonial from past Notre Dame participant: 

I found HWW to be a great experience. First, it puts you into conversation with humanities graduate students of various disciplines whom you might never otherwise encounter, which can certainly serve to enrich the interdisciplinarity and intellectual rigor of everyone's work. Second, it's an intensive experience based around both hearing about career opportunities and professionals' personal narratives, and practicing new strategies to better present your own narrative and skills. Third, it's wonderful exposure to a wide variety of humanities-engaged organizations and institutions, and in particular Chicago's rich cultural heritage.