This blog is a place for past and current participants in the Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Workshops to write, reflect and chronicle their experiences before, during, and after attending the workshops. Content may include: reflections on the workshops, what got participants interested in the humanities, and general reflections on academic life in the second decade of the 21st century.
The HWW Predoctoral Workshops prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy through a series of summer workshops. Graduate students selected for this program engage in intensive discussions with organizers of public humanities projects, leaders of university presses and learned societies, experts in the various domains of the digital humanities, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and holders of important non-faculty positions in colleges and universities (e.g., academic administrators, student services professionals, librarians and archivists, development officers, and so forth). The three-week workshops take place in late July-early August in Chicago, Illinois, and the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) offices supply administrative support and logistical assistance. The workshops bring together cohorts of thirty graduate students; in the consortial iteration of the workshop these students are selected in a competition conducted by the humanities centers which comprise the consortium, and in the national iteration, the students are selected through a limited submission process. In both cases, the humanities centers and/or graduate colleges who nominate these candidates are responsible for recruiting applicants with broad interdisciplinary interests and with the capacity to represent a broadened vision of life in the humanities upon returning to their home campuses and beyond. The expectation is that the humanities centers and graduate colleges themselves, by engaging with this project, will strengthen their capacity to serve as cross-disciplinary engines for the reorganization of graduate programs and graduate career diversity in the humanities.