Engaging Publics with a PhD, at CUNY

Join CUNY for a day of workshops and discussions around careers for PhDs and MAs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. This event is part of the Graduate Center’s The New PhD: A Renaissance of Public Engagement project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Next Generation PhD initiative. It is happening Thursday, May 4th from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm. Please register to attend here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nDYbgZICa2dd29XSsWnTJetXCA3-AAQQ29fC4sF3hng/viewform?edit_requested=true



9:30-10:30 Registration and Conversation, Segal Theatre


10:30-11:30 panel “Why the Humanities?”, Segal Theatre

Welcome and intro: Cyrus Amir-Mokri, PhD and JD (Chicago), General Counsel, JP Morgan Chase

– Rebecca Amato, PhD History, associate director, Civic Engagement Initiatives and the Urban Democracy Lab, Gallatin at New York University

– Bennett Graff, PhD English, Publisher, Music and Dance Collections at Alexander Street

– Lindsay Krasnoff, PhD History, communications consultant and author of The Making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010

– Karen Lemmey, PhD Art History, curator of sculpture at Smithsonian Institution

– Stacy Hartman, Project Director, Connected Academics, Modern Language Association (moderator)


11:45-1:00: Lunch and Keynote Talk, Segal Theatre

– Fatimah Williams-Castro on Making Connections

Alumni Breakout Session 1, C Level


Communicating (1:00-2:15)

– Laila Pedro, French PhD, Editor, Brooklyn Rail

– Peter Taback, English PhD, Vice President, Communications, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

– Lindsay Green Barber, Political Science PhD, Founder, Impact Architects and former ACLS Public Fellow

– Mike Pino, PhD English, GE Digital Strategy (via Skype)


Making and Supporting Tools (1:00-2:15)

– Red Wierenga PhD Music, Creator Support Manager, Roli

– Salas Sanchez-Bennasar, PhD Philosophy, Software Developer at DigitalGlobe (via Skype)

– Lisa Rhody, PhD English, Deputy Director, Digital Initiatives, Graduate Center

Alumni Breakout Session 2, C Level


Creating Content (2:30-3:45)

– Johanna Gorelick, PhD Anthropology, Manager, Education Services at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

– Elizabeth Cronin, Art History PhD, NYPL Assistant Curator

– Glen Olson and Rachel Burstein, PhD History, IXL learning (via Skype)

– Sarah Richardson, PhD Art History, Director and Global Curator, Citi Collections of Fine Art and Archives


Building Programs, Research, and Advocacy (2:30-3:45)

– Brooke Bryant, PhD Music, Director of Development at Kaufman Music Center

– Michael Partis, PhD Anthropology, Young Movement

– Amy Starecheski, PhD Anthropology, Co-Director, Columbia Oral History MA Program

– Effie MacLachlan, PhD Political Science, Director of Grants & Research Programs, CUNY Office of Research


4:00-4:45: Final Thoughts, Jason Pedicone, President, Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc (C Level)


4:45-6:00 Reception (Segal Theatre)

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