Participants

 

WORKING GROUP CO-ORGANIZERS

Teresa Mangum

Teresa Mangum — Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies; Co-Founder, OCAS Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy

Teresa Mangum is a professor in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies; English; and the Public Policy Center and Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research and teaching focus on the ways literature and art, especially in nineteenth-century Britain, shaped readers’ understanding of women, of late life, and of connections between humans and other animals. She also writes and teaches about current issues: publicly engaged pedagogy, the place of service in an academic career, graduate student placement, and the digital humanities. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Humanities Alliance and the National Advisory Board of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. She is a co-P.I. of the Andrew W. Mellon funded Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry: A Grinnell College/University of Iowa Partnership. With Anne Valk of Williams College, she co-edits the book series Humanities in Public Life  for the University of Iowa Press.   Full bio

Mona FrederickMona Frederick — Executive Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

Mona Frederick is Executive Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities; she has been with the program since its founding in 1988. She is responsible for creating, organizing, and overseeing the scholarly programs of the Warren Center.  She has recently produced a documentary film related to the Warren Center entitled “Speaking for the Humanities” as well as a digital archive containing interviews from 1964 conducted by Robert Penn Warren with US Civil Rights activists.  In 2015, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2018 Presenters 

From California

Shana Melnysn is the Competitive Grants Officer and works with  Humanists@Work  at the University of California Humanities Research Institute.  HumWork is the graduate career initiative for the University of California and is organized by the UCHRI and sponsored, in part, by the Modern Language Association’s Mellon-funded Connected Academics grant. Their goal is to facilitate graduate student-led initiatives and programs that build the structures and communities necessary to allow PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to be and feel valued as professionals with diverse career opportunities. They have produced an outstanding set of resources.

Molly McCarthy is the Associate Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of California-Davis and directs the Mellon-funded Public Scholars program. The program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing, and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. The experience enhances traditional scholarly training and puts academic research in a broader context for ten UCD graduate students each year. The students also participate in a quarter-long two-credit seminar.

From Colorado

Lisa Hope Schwartz is the Community Outreach Program Manager of the Office for Outreach and Engagement at University of Colorado-Boulder. She leads the Engaged Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Scholars. The students in the cohort are learning about community issues with professionals from around Colorado in “challenge studio” and are networking with leadership, artists and creatives from the 21 Colorado creative districts at the annual Colorado Creative Industries Summit. Students learn from Career Services to “hone their pitch” and network at conferences. They are also learning about  dialogue across different perspectives, design thinking and community engagement, and developing community engagement projects.

From Delaware

Julie McGee is an art historian with specialties in African American art and contemporary African art a curator at the University Museums of the University of Delaware. She is also the Director of the College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Delaware.

From Florida

Sophia Krzys Acord is the Associate Director at the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida (UF). As a cultural sociologist by training, she mentors humanities graduate students in program development and evaluation to carry out leadership roles in UF’s Humanities Center, Mellon Intersections Program, Digital Humanities Working Group, Imagining America Working Group, and Humanities and the Sunshine State Summer Programs for high school students and educators.

Timothy Watson is Professor of English at the University of Miami. He is currently chair of the English Department and director of the UGrow Program. He is the author, most recently, of Culture Writing: Literature and Anthropology in the Midcentury Atlantic World (Oxford UP, 2018).

From Georgia

Keith Anthony is the Executive Director of the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University.

From Illinois

Peggy Brennan is a graduate student who workings with The Andrew W. Mellon-funded Humanities Without Walls project. HWW is a consortium of 15 Midwestern universities led by Professor Antoinette Burton, Director of the Institution for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The grant includes a three-week Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop in Chicago in collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival.

From Louisiana

Ryan McBride and Jame Garrett oversee The Andrew W. Mellon-funded Transforming Graduate Education through Engaging the Community certificate program in the Center for Public Service at Tulane University. Ryan is Associate Administrative Professor and the Program Director of the Mellon Graduate Program in Engaged Scholarship, Center for Public Service and James is the Program Manager for the grant and also a staff member of the Center for Public Service. The Mellon Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in community-engaged scholarship that brings together graduate students in the arts and humanities, community leaders, and faculty for a multifaceted two-year cohort experience. The program’s goal is to provide graduate students a distinctive educational experience that allows them to connect their disciplines to new communities and to work with those communities to develop cutting-edge, civically informed, ethically grounded, community-engaged scholarship.

From New York

John Paul Christy is director of public programs at the American Council of Learned Societies. With the fellowship team, he helps to maintain and enhance the Council’s peer-review processes and to develop and implement new programs, including the Public Fellows program. Under the direction of the vice president, he represents ACLS and its work to various stakeholders in the academic and philanthropic communities, and to the wider public. Before joining ACLS in 2012, Christy was a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, DC, where his portfolio included projects related to US public diplomacy, Internet freedom and anti-censorship programs, and public humanities. He received his PhD in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Greek and history from Swarthmore College. His research interests include literary fakes and forgeries, epic poetry, and reception studies.

Stacy Hartman is the Project Manager for the Connected Academics program for the Modern Language Association.   https://connect.mla.hcommons.org/author/stacy_hartman/

Paula Krebs is the former Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Bridgewater State University and now Executive Director of the Modern Language Association. In her work as dean, she creatively connected graduate students with regional universities and community colleges. At the MLA, she oversees The Andrew W. Mellon-funded program, Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers.

From North Carolina

Andrew Mink is the Vice President for Education Programs at the National Humanities Center. He leads the Center’s efforts to strengthen humanities teaching at both the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels, which combine live webinars, interactive classroom lessons, and extensive digital archives of primary source materials.

Robyn Schroeder is the Director of Initiatives for the Humanities for the Public Good project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The initiative encourages publicly engaged scholarly activity among humanists and humanistic social scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill. The program receives support from the Institute for the Arts & Humanities and funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The emphases of the initiative are on integrating: public engagement in graduate education, through grants, teaching, and workshops; public and digital humanities efforts, an effort which will be spearheaded by a new Digital Integration Coordinator at the Digital Innovation Lab; and valorizing and promoting civic engagement in faculty teaching and research in the humanities through grants and associated workshops.

From Tennessee

Elizabeth Meadows is the Assistant Director of the Curb Center at Vanderbilt University and leads the Curb Scholars Program in Creative Enterprise and Public Leadership. Elizabeth also leads the Creative Campus Initiative, organizing workshops, events, and a micro-grant program that offer faculty, staff, students, and members of the Nashville community opportunities to engage in creative practice; meet with artists, entrepreneurs, and emerging creatives; and develop innovative projects and collaborations on Vanderbilt’s campus and with the local community.

From Washington, DC

Christa Williford is Director of Research and Assessment at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. She is responsible for designing and implementing documentation and evaluation strategies for CLIR’s programs, and for helping others shape and advance new initiatives related to the work of information organizations. She contributes to a number of programs, notably Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives, Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, and CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

From Wisconsin

Aaron Fai is the Assistant Director of Public Humanities at the Center for Humanities at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. graduate of the creative writing programs at UCLA, UC Davis, and the University of Oregon. He directs the creative writing workshops at the Madison Public Library. He previously worked at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and served in Peace Corps Kyrgyzstan.

 

 

 

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2017 Presenters

From Delaware

Ann Ardis, Senior Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center. Provost Ardis and her colleagues received NEH Next Generation and  Henry Luce Foundation grants to develop a PhD program with area museums: “Transforming Graduate Education in the Humanities at the University of Delaware through Interdisciplinary and Inter-Institutional Partnerships in African American Material Culture and Public Humanities.” https://udnextgengrant.wordpress.com/

Tracy Jentzsch is the Program Coordinator at the UD Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center. She supports major initiatives at the Center, including the African American Public Humanities Initiative, The Paul R. Jones Initiative and the Creative Wilmington project. 

Julie McGee is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Art History, and Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center at the University of Delaware. She is the curator of African American art for University Museums of the University of Delaware.

From New York

Paula Krebs, Former Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Bridgewater State University and now Executive Director, Modern Language Association connected graduate students with regional universities and community colleges. At the MLA, she will oversee the Andrew W. Mellon funded program, “Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers.”  https://connect.mla.hcommons.org/

Stacy Hartman is the Project Manager for the Connected Academics program for the Modern Language Association.   https://connect.mla.hcommons.org/author/stacy_hartman/

Matthew Krumholtz, after receiving his PhD., became an entrepreneur and the Director of Strategic Initiatives for HUFFPOST. He was a former prose seminar fellow in the #Connected Academics Program directed by Stacy Hartman.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/matthew-krumholtz

From North Carolina

Maria Wisdom, Director of Graduate Student Advising and Engagement in the Humanities, Duke University. Duke is also the recipient of an NEH Next Generation Grant, “Versatile Humanists at Duke.” As a part of their unique program, Dr. Wisdom places students in internships with various public partners. Joining her will be Andrew T. Mink, Vice President for Education Programs at the National Humanities Center, where two of the Duke Ph.D. interns have been placed. https://sites.duke.edu/versatilehumanists/

Andrew T. Mink, Vice President for Education Programs at the National Humanities Center. http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/education-programs/. Dr. Mink is supervising two of the Duke Ph.D. interns working with Maria Wisdom. https://sites.duke.edu/versatilehumanists/

From Tennessee

Mona Frederick, Executive Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University. (See bio above.)

Daniel Weinshenker, Director, Rocky Mountain/Midwest Region, Center for Digital Storytelling, a non-profit organization that has been credited with initiating the digital storytelling movement and providing training in digital storytelling as well as digital storytelling facilitation for the past 20 years. He specializes in exploring the impact that the stories we tell about ourselves have on our identity. He has taught digital storytelling workshops to diverse groups, including graduate students at an Andrew W. Mellon-funded workshop at Vanderbilt, directed by Mona Frederick. He also makes digital stories. Watch one.

2016 Presenters

Keira AmstutzKeira Amstutz — President and CEO, Indiana Humanities

Keira Amstutz took the helm of Indiana Humanities in April, 2008, as president and CEO. A lawyer with experience in public policy, economic and cultural development, Keira is passionate about developing creative humanities programming that encourages Hoosiers to think, read, talk and connect.

Prior to joining the organization, Keira served as chief counsel and director of policy for the City of Indianapolis. She led the city’s successful Cultural Development Initiative, a public-private collaboration launched to elevate the city’s cultural profile. Keira serves, or has served, on a variety of community boards including Visit Indy, Indy Hub, The Federation of State Humanities Councils, Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series Advisory Committee, Indiana University Law and Public Policy Advisory Committee, Indiana University School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, Center for Agricultural Science and Heritage at Indiana State Fair, and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. She has served on strategic committees for many community organizations and events including the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, 2015 Men’s Final Four, Ivy Tech, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Full bio

Miriam BarthaMiriam Bartha — Director of Graduate Programs, University of Washington–Bothell

Miriam Bartha is the Director of Graduate Programs and an affiliate faculty members in School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington–Bothell. She co-founded and co-directs the University of Washington graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship. She has worked previously as an arts and grants administrator at the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities and at the PEN American Center (the international writers’ professional association) and as an instructor of cultural, gender, and literary studies. She completed her PhD in Literature in English at Rutgers University. Full bio.

Bruce Burgett

Bruce Burgett — Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, University of Washington-Bothell; Board Director, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life; Co-Director, Public Humanities Certificate, University of Washington-Seattle

Bruce Burgett is Dean and Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, graduate faculty in the Department of English at the University of Washington, Seattle, and co-director of the UW graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship. He is the author of Sentimental Bodies: Sex, Gender, and Citizenship in the Early Republic. Full bio

Antionette BurtonAntoinette Burton — Director, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; Director, Humanities Without Walls Mellon Consortium (15 universities)

Antoinette Burton is a historian of 19th and 20th century Britain and its empire, with a speciality in colonial India and an ongoing interest in Australasia and Africa. She’s written on topics ranging from feminism and colonialism to the relationship of empire to the nation and the world. Women, gender and sexuality have always been central to her research, much of which has been concerned with the role of Indian women in the imperial and postcolonial imagination. She’s edited collections about politics, mobility, postcolonialism and empire and have frequently collaborated with Tony Ballantyne. At Illinois she teaches courses on modern British history and imperialism, gender and colonialism, autobiography and the archive, approaches and methods and world history. She is currently working on a comprehensive study of empire on the ground in the 19th century. Her most recent publications are Empires and the Reach of the Global (Harvard 2012) with Tony Ballantyne, The First Anglo-Afghan Wars: A Reader (Duke, 2014), An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie (Illinois, 2014) with Mary-Ann Winkelmes and Kyle Mays, and Ten Books That Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Commons (Duke, 2014) with Isabel Hofmeyr. She and Jonathan Elmer oversee the Humanities Without Walls Alternative Academic Career Summer Workshops.

John Paul ChristyJohn Paul Christy — Director, Public Programs, American Council of Learned Societies

John Paul Christy is director of public programs at the American Council of Learned Societies. With the fellowship team, he helps to maintain and enhance the Council’s peer-review processes and to develop and implement new programs, including the Public Fellows program. Under the direction of the vice president, he represents ACLS and its work to various stakeholders in the academic and philanthropic communities, and to the wider public. Before joining ACLS in 2012, Christy was a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, DC, where his portfolio included projects related to US public diplomacy, Internet freedom and anti-censorship programs, and public humanities. He received his PhD in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Greek and history from Swarthmore College. His research interests include literary fakes and forgeries, epic poetry, and reception studies.

Matthew CountrymanMatthew Countryman — Associate Professor, American Studies; Director, Arts of Citizenship, University of Michigan

Matthew Countryman is a scholar of African American social movements and twentieth-century U.S. history at the University of Michigan, with research interests in race, postwar liberalism, and the American Left, as well as African American politics in the post-civil-rights era. He serves as the Faculty Director of the OVPR Arts of Citizenship Program. He received his PhD from Duke University and began teaching at the University of Michigan in 1998.

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-4-48-14-pmCraig Eley Assistant Director of Humanities Networks, Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Craig Eley received his PhD from the University of Iowa, where he focused on sound studies and the environmental humanities. His research examines the origins of recorded environmental sounds and how those sounds have influenced American cultural and political life in the twentieth century. Craig has had research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, and was most recently an ACLS Public Fellow at To the Best of Our Knowledge, a nationally distributed radio show produced at Wisconsin Public Radio.

Jonathan Elmer

Jonathan Elmer — Director, College Arts and Humanities Center, Indiana University; Artistic Director, Chicago Humanities Festival

Jonathan Elmer is Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Professor of English at Indiana University, where is serves as Director of the College Arts and Humanities Institute. He publishes on American literature and culture. He and Antoinette Burton oversee the Humanities Without Walls Alternative Academic Career Summer Workshops. Full bio

Stacy Hartman

Stacy Hartman — Coordinator, Connected Academics Project, Modern Language Association

Stacy Hartman earned her PhD in German Studies from Stanford University in 2015. While at Stanford, she ran speaker series related to alternative careers for humanities PhDs, the public humanities, and humanities education. She also wore a number of hats that let her try out different types of connected careers within the university, such as academic adviser, academic skills coach, teaching consultant, and instructional designer. She holds an MA in German from the University of Manchester and a BA in Literature and Feminist Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is thrilled to be serving now as the Project Coordinator for Connected Academics.

Leah NahmiasLeah Nahmias — Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Indiana Humanities

In her role as director of programs and community engagement for Indiana Humanities, Leah plans a broad array of programming,  including events tied to the current Next Indiana theme focused on the state’s Bicentennial in 2016. She is also focused on developing new strategies to engage K-12 educators and higher education institutions. In her previous position as director of public humanities fellowships at the New York Council for the Humanities, Nahmias led an innovative partnership between the Council and seven university-based humanities centers across the state; and co-developed toolkits and resources for the nationally recognized Community Conversations program. Full bio

Christa WillifordChrista Williford — Director of Research and Assessment, Council on Library and Information Resources; Director, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship

Christa Williford is Director of Research and Assessment at The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. She is responsible for designing and implementing documentation and evaluation strategies for CLIR’s programs, and for helping others shape and advance new initiatives related to the work of information organizations. She contributes to a number of programs, notably Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives, Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, and CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.