May 4th Event

Post Grad (Center): Engaging Publics with a PhD

Thursday, May 4, 2017
The Graduate Center, CUNY
The Segal Theatre and Concourse Level

Below is the promotional information for our May 4 event.
Download the full event program with participant bios here.
Read our event report here.

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.

We encourage you to register to attend here.
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)
Light breakfast will be served

10:30-10:45: Welcome: Joy Connolly, Provost, Graduate Center

10:45-11:30: 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: Making Connections (Segal Theatre)
Featuring Fatimah Williams-Castro, PhD Cultural Anthropology (Rutgers), Founder, Beyond the Tenure Track

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


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

Making and Supporting Tools

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

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

Creating Content

  • Elizabeth Cronin, PhD Art History, Assistant Curator of Photography, New York Public Library
  • Johanna Gorelick, PhD Anthropology, Manager, Education Services, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
  • Glen Olson and Rachel Burstein, PhDs History, Social Studies Curriculum Designers, 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, Kaufman Music Center
  • Effie MacLachlan, PhD Political Science, Director of Grants & Research Programs, CUNY Office of Research
  • Michael Partis, Anthropology, Chief Research and Policy Officer, Young Movement
  • Amy Starecheski, PhD Anthropology, Co-Director, Columbia Oral History MA Program

4:00-4:45: Beyond the Tenure Track: A Legion of Opportunities (C Level)
Featuring Jason Pedicone, PhD Classics (Princeton), President, Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc.

4:45-6:00: Reception (Segal Theatre)
Refreshments and drinks will be served