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Program to offer insights on applied humanities careers

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

LAWRENCE— Leaders from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Union Station, KCPT, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Lawrence Public Library will discuss strategies that humanities graduate students can follow to put their degrees to work outside the academy in a panel discussion and internship fair set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Hall Center for the Humanities.

Offering practical advice on how graduate students in the humanities and social sciences can apply their intellectual interests and scholarly skill sets to pursue productive and satisfying careers in museums, libraries, public broadcasting, nonprofits, and arts and cultural organizations, the program also includes breakout sessions where students interested in applying for the eight summer 2016 internships offered through the Hall Center can learn more about these 10-week paid placements, each of which carries a $3,000 stipend. The afternoon closes with a wine and cheese reception offering further opportunities for interaction and networking. RSVP to hallcenter@ku.edu.

“There are an enticing range of positions in applied humanities,” says Henry Fortunato, 2003 graduate and Hall Center Visiting Fellow, who is organizing the event. “We’ve brought together senior executives from some of the top cultural institutions in the area to help humanities grad students crack the code for getting non-academic jobs, which could well begin by getting one of next summer’s internships.”

The panelists, each of whom represents an institution with a Hall Center summer 2016 internship, include Julie Mulvihill, Kansas Humanities Council; Angee Simmons, KCPT; Kathleen Morgan, Lawrence Public Library; Mary Kennedy, Mid-America Arts Alliance; Matthew Naylor, National World War I Museum and Memorial; Ray Doswell, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; Adam Johnson, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and George Guastello, Union Station.