Humanities Engage Programming

Summer 2023

Humanities Engage Summer Workshop

May 10 - 11, 2023

Applications are now CLOSED.This two-day, in-person event will include guest speakers, collaborative breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions covering the focal topics of Humanities Engage: innovative scholarship and versatile skillsets.   

NOTE: As of April 19, applications from faculty and doctoral students are now CLOSED. Thank you for your interest and to everyone that applied!

Participants will receive a $1000 stipend after completing both days of the workshop.


Spring 2023

GradFUTURES Forum 2023 Virtual Events

March 27 - April 1

Hosted by the Graduate School of Princeton

Join Princeton's annual professional development conference which brings together graduate students, graduate alumni, post-docs, thought leaders, and experts from around the globe. More information about this event can be found here.

March 28 (Tuesday)

1. Essentials of Funding a Startup - 12:00pm to 1:00pm (Details | Online Registration)

2. How to Identify, Apply for, and Win Grants and Fellowships - 1:00pm to 2:00pm (Details | Online Registration)

March 29 (Wednesday)

1. Navigating Non-Linear Career Paths - 3:00pm to 4:00pm (Details | Online Registration)

March 30 (Thursday)

1. Building Resilience and Cultivating Creativity: The Drivers of Our Ability to Navigate Change & Lead Innovation - 11:15am to 12:15pm (Details | Online Registration)

2. Giving a Great Talk: How to Engage Listeners When You Are the Only Expert in the Room - 12:30pm to 1:30pm (Details | Online Registration)

3. Harnessing Neuroscience for Effective and Memorable Communication - 2:00pm to 3:00pm (Details | Online Registration)

4. Fireside Chat: Championing Science to Energy and Environment Policymakers - 3:00pm to 5:00pm  (Details | Online Registration)

March 31 (Friday)

1. Technical Leadership: A Primer for STEM Graduate Students - 10:00am to 11:00am (Details | Online Registration)

2. Ruha Benjamin Viral Justice Book Talk and Fireside Chat with Dean Rodney Priestley - 12:00pm to 1:15pm (Details | Online Registration)

April 1 (Saturday)

1. Graduate Alumni Mentorship Panel & Networking Luncheon - 11:30am to 1:00pm (Details | Online Registration)

2. Princeton PhDs in UX: Reflections on Research and Life Beyond the Tenure Track - 1:00pm to 2:30pm (Details | Online Registration)

3. PhDs in Private and Independent Private Schools - 3:00pm to 4:15pm (Details | Online Registration)


The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences' Three Minute Competition // 3MT 2023:

March 17, 2023 1:00-3:00pm at William Pitt Union 539, 540, 542 

Hosted by the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies

The 3MT gives students valuable practice in explaining their research to a non-specialist audience. Dietrich School PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation and its significance. Departments will hold preliminary competitions. Competitors will be judged on comprehension, content, engagement, and communication. Participants must be admitted to candidacy to be eligible.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division

(Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences)

$1,000 for Top Dietrich School Presentation

For more information, contact Jennifer Sadecky (


Graduate Student Funding Workshop

Wednesday, March 15 3:00-5:00 (via Zoom - RSVP here to receive link:

Attention Graduate Students! You are cordially invited to a proposal writing workshop on Wednesday, March 15 3:00-5:00 via Zoom. This event is tailored to graduate student applicants, and it is a great opportunity to gather some tips and suggestions for future applications, and plan how to write your best proposal.

What you can expect—We will:

  • Analyze common fellowship and grant application structures and expectations
  • Discuss structural advice for planning and revising your best proposal
  • Compare sentence-level strategies for creating a stronger case for your work
  • Plan other materials commonly requested as part of a funding application

In order to participate, please: · RSVP if you plan on attending

  • Identify a funding source that interests you, whether or not you have plans to apply.
  • Bring along your favorite writing tools—computer, notebook, lucky rabbit’s foot, etc.

Hannah Johnson (English) will facilitate this collaborative conversation about seeking fellowship and grant support. Recipient of many awards and fellowships, she is currently a Fulbright Scholar.

Community Partner Meetup

Date: February 13, 2023

Time: 3:30-5pm

Location: William Pitt Union Ballroom B

Join us on Monday, February 13 to meet representatives from community organizations interested in hosting Immersive Fellows - including Film Pittsburgh, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, the Legacy Arts Project, and more to be announced! 

Open to all Pitt graduate students but space is limited and registration is required: 

Fall 2022

Humanities Engage Symposium

Date: September 13-14, 2022.   

This event featured alumni, public humanists, nonprofit leaders, and faculty and graduate student Humanities Engage awardees. Panel discussions, roundtables, and workshops will discuss making the humanities public, curricular innovation, career diversity, professional skills and competencies, and more. While focused specifically on doctoral education, the Symposium is open to all students, faculty, and community members interested in public-facing research, curricular innovation, and career diversity.  

Full Program and Event Recordings

Fall 2021

Humanists of Impact

Humanists with Ph.D.s pursue a very wide spectrum of impactful careers across all sectors – the academy, government, industry, and non-profit. This term, recent recipients of Humanities Engage external immersive fellowships and on-campus micro-internships share their experiences collaborating with a wide variety of organizations.

Humanists of Impact: Arts & Culture

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021 - 12:00-12:50pm

Many Humanities Ph.D.s have built impactful careers in the Arts & Culture sector, leveraging the deep knowledge, intellectual creativity, and research and communication skills they gained in their doctoral training. Join PhD students who received a Humanities Engage Summer 2021 Immersive Fellowship as they share insights from their work in a wide variety of Arts & Culture organizations, including a visual arts collective, a public art studio, and a ballet company.


Amanda Awanjo    Jessica Batychenko    Victoria LaFave

Event Recording & Highlights

Humanists of Impact: Advocacy

Date: Monday, September 20, 2021 - 12:00-12:50pm

Advocacy includes work that engages and supports decision makers on behalf of individuals, groups, and/or communities. With the advanced research and communication skills gained from pursuing a Ph.D., Humanities students can propel themselves to success in this field. In this panel, Humanities Engage Summer 2021 Immersive Fellowship recipients who collaborated with a range of advocacy organizations, including an office in city government, a trade union, and a non-profit dedicated to the Latinx community of Pittsburgh will speak about their experiences. 


Dominique Branson    Felix Helbing    Oscar Zapata Garcia

Event Recording & Highlights

Humanists of Impact: K-12 Education

Humanists in K-12 Education engage in classroom teaching, program administration, and curriculum development. This session will give students who received a Humanities Engage Summer 2021 Immersive Fellowship an opportunity to speak about their work in a civic engagement program for young girls and femmes, a non-profit supporting refugee youth, and a micro-school.

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021 - 12:00-12:50pm


Courtney Colligan    Sreemoyee Dasgupta    Taylor Waits     

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Humanists of Impact: Higher Education Administration

Humanities Ph.D.s pursue a wide range careers in Higher Education beyond the faculty that support the research, educational, and service mission of colleges and universities – in areas from student affairs, academic advising, global affairs and EDI to research support, communications, and development. Through the Humanities Engage Administrative Micro-Internships pilot in summer 2021, doctoral students gained experiences working on short-term, mentored projects with Pitt campus units such as the Center for Teaching and Learning; Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Office of Community and Governmental Relations; and Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research. In this panel, some of our awardees will discuss how their experiences supported their professional development and career orientation in preparation for a variety of potential future roles.

Date: Monday, October 18, 2021 - 12:00-12:50pm


Manuel Garzon    Luana Moreira Reis    Emilee Ruhland

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Spring 2021

New Experiences Await: Applying to the Humanities Engage Immersive Fellowship Programs

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 12:00-1:00pm

Immersive experiences with organizations in the non-profit, public, and other sectors enrich the professional as well as academic preparation of Ph.D. students across the disciplines. Some graduate education leaders have even called for graduate internships to be part of every Ph.D. program. Since launching in early 2020, Humanities Engage has awarded approximately twenty immersive fellowships to doctoral students in the humanities. This brownbag will introduce doctoral students and graduate faculty to the various Humanities Engage immersive fellowship programs. Previous fellows will discuss their experiences and the grant team will answer questions.

Target audience: Ph.D. students and graduate faculty in the Humanities

Welcome: Holger Hoock, PI Humanities Engage, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research

Moderator: Marques Redd, Senior Director of Graduate Advising and Engagement for the Humanities



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Humanists of Impact: Exploring a Non-Profit Career

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:00-1:00pm

In recent years, Dietrich School Ph.D. students across the arts and humanities have consistently indicated a strong interest in careers in the non-profit sector, often linked to their passion for advancing diversity, equity, and social justice. Many alums of our Humanities Ph.D. programs pursue impactful careers in the non-profit sector while indicating that they wish graduate school had exposed them sooner to such possibilities and prepared them more rigorously for careers beyond the classroom and the academy. Humanities Engage partners with an expanding universe of non-profit organizations both locally and nationally to enable doctoral students to gain funded immersive experiences that leverage their skills as researchers and writers in mission-focused, collaborative projects and develop their professional networks. This workshop will help doctoral students strategize about how to potentially move into the non-profit world.

Target audience: Ph.D. students and graduate faculty in the Humanities

Moderator: Marques Redd, Senior Director of Graduate Advising and Engagement for the Humanities





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Strategies to Develop Professional Relationships that Every Humanities Ph.D. Student Should Know

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 – 12:00-1:00pm

Building professional relationships is a strategic competency equally critical to success in the 21st-century academy and to postdoctoral Humanists’ careers in the non-profit sector, government, and industry and business. This workshop will explore some steps all students can take throughout their graduate career – integrated with their core academic and disciplinary pursuits – to develop this strategic competency. Topics for discussion will include networking, informational interviewing, developing a mentoring community, collaboration, and the value of immersive experiences. The strategies and tools shared here will help you be intentional about your professional development and career exploration.

Target audience: Ph.D. students in the Humanities


Marques Redd    Abdesalam Soudi    Darlene F. Zellers

  • Marques Redd, Senior Director of Graduate Advising and Engagement for the Humanities, Humanities Engage
  • Abdesalam Soudi, Lecturer and Linguistic Internship and Consulting Advisor, Department of Linguistics
  • Darlene Zellers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Career Development and Director of the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD), Health Sciences

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Sharing Humanities Insights with Non-Specialist Audiences

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – 12:00-1:00pm

Humanists have always made important contributions in and to the public sphere, not least by critiquing inequities and raising important questions about values, the future of democracy, and the dynamics of our globalized world. As humanistic research and analysis critically informs public debate, contemporary Humanists avail themselves of a wide range of media and produce work in a wide range of genres. In this brownbag, faculty who work with a variety of modalities, including op-eds and podcasts, will speak how about they engage with different publics and discuss how Humanist work can be a powerful force for collective action and community engagement. 

Target audience: Ph.D. students in the Humanities



  • Jonathan Fuller, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
  • Lara Putnam, UCIS Research Professor, Department of History

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Humanists and Social Justice 

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 12:00-1:00pm

Many of our summer 2020 and current Humanities Engage immersive Ph.D. fellows pursued collaborative projects with non-profit institutions aiming to foster social justice. In this workshop, immersive fellows will reflect on their experiences and lead a discussion on how their doctoral training as Humanists contributed to and benefited from those collaborative experiences focused on the mission of their host organization.

Target audience: Ph.D. students and graduate faculty in the Humanities



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Humanists of Impact:  Libraries and Museums as Sites of Public Scholarship and Education

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 12:00-1:00pm

Libraries and museums are important cultural institutions within which Humanities Ph.D.s build impactful careers. As major sites of public scholarship and education, libraries and museums provide an opportunity to leverage the deep knowledge, intellectual creativity, and research and communication skills gained from doctoral training. Humanities Engage partners with our University Library System and with local museums in designing and implementing mutually beneficial projects that enable doctoral students to flourish in immersive experiences and build their portfolios and professional networks. This workshop will help doctoral students across the arts and humanities think broadly about the critical role of museums and libraries in a flourishing Humanistic ecosystem and to envisage potential careers in library and museum settings.

Target audience: Ph.D. students in the Humanities


Jessica Landau    Kornelia Tancheva    Alex Taylor

  • Jessica Landau, Lecturer in Curatorial Studies, History of Art and Architecture and Assistant Curator, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Ph.D. in Art History with a minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kornelia Tancheva, Hillman University Librarian and Director of the University Library System; Ph.D. in American Drama and Theater, Cornell University
  • Alex Taylor, Assistant Professor and Academic Curator, History of Art and Architecture; D.Phil University of Oxford

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Humanities Engage Curriculum Development Grants

Date: Monday, April 12, 2021 – 12:00-1:00pm

The goal of this workshop is to introduce doctoral students to the Humanities Engage Curriculum Development Grant, which funds Humanities Ph.D. students to partner with a faculty sponsor to develop new collections-based modules to be integrated in existing undergraduate courses. By facilitating close work with a faculty mentor, as well as with librarians, archivists, or curators, this funded opportunity affords doctoral students valuable opportunities to gain leadership experience in curricular development, digital pedagogy strategies, and collaborative skills. In this workshop, previous awardees will discuss their experiences, and the grant team will address attendees’ questions.

Target audience: all, but especially mid-career Ph.D. students in the Humanities


Sritama Chatterjee    Caitlin Dahl    Rebecca Giordano

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