Welcome to the 2018 HWW Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop!

Welcome to the blog for the Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop!

Humanities Without Walls is a consortium of humanities centers and institutes at 15 major research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. Based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The fourth of the HWW Predoctoral Workshops is scheduled for July 16th through August 3rd, 2018. 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.

This blog is intended to engage participants through reflection and commentary about the workshop’s activities, particularly its focus on potential career paths inside and outside of academia. Our intention is that workshop Fellows 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 friends and colleagues 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.” It is our hope that having current Fellows, as well as workshop alumni, write and reflect about their experiences will benefit all the participants as well as all of those graduate students who have not had the opportunity to attend the workshops.

We send a heartfelt welcome to the 2018 Fellows and we look forward to spending a few weeks together this summer! We also send a warm greeting to our friends from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 workshops.

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