Post Grad (Center): Engaging Publics with a PhD

Date(s) - Thursday, May 4, 2017
9:30 am - 6:00 pm

CUNY Graduate Center, Segal Theatre

Please be aware that this event has passed.

Please join us for a day of workshops and discussions on careers for PhDs and MAs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. This event is part of our project The New PhD: A Renaissance of Public Engagement and is funded as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Next Generation PhD initiative.

All workshops and discussions are free and open to the public. You may attend part or all of the day’s events.


9:30-10:30: Registration and Conversation (Segal Theatre)

10:30-11:30: Panel: “Why the Humanities?” (Segal Theatre)

  • 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
  • Stacy Hartman, PhD German Studies (Stanford), Project Director, Connected Academics, Modern Language Association (moderator)

11:45-1:00: Lunch and Keynote Talk on Making Connections (Segal Theatre)

  • Fatimah Williams-Castro, PhD Cultural Anthropology (Rutgers), Founder, Beyond the Tenure Track

1:00-2:15: Alumni Breakout Sessions 1 (C Level)


  • Laila Pedro, PhD French, Editor, Brooklyn Rail
  • Peter Taback, PhD English, Vice President, Communications, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
  • Lindsay Green Barber, PhD Political Science, Founder, Impact Architects and former ACLS Public Fellow
  • Mike Pino, PhD English, Senior Director, Cognizant Digital Academy (via Skype)

Making and Supporting Tools

  • Shana Kimball, Research Manager, Data and Society
  • Red Wierenga, PhD Music, Creator Support Manager, Roli
  • Lisa Rhody, PhD English (Maryland), Deputy Director, Digital Initiatives, Graduate Center
  • Salas Sanchez-Bennasar, PhD Philosophy, Software Developer at DigitalGlobe (via Skype)

2:30-3:45: Alumni Breakout Sessions 2 (C Level)  

Creating Content

  • Johanna Gorelick, PhD Anthropology, Manager, Education Services at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
  • Elizabeth Cronin, PhD Art History, 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

  • Brooke Bryant, PhD Music, Director of Development at Kaufman Music Center
  • Michael Partis, 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: Beyond the Tenure Track: A Legion of Opportunities (C Level)

  • Jason Pedicone, PhD Classics (Princeton), President, Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc.

4:45-6:00: Reception (Segal Theatre)

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