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U-M History in the Public Service: A Vision for the Humanities PhD in the 21st Century

Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:00-8:45 PM
1014 Tisch Hall Map
Featuring PhD alumni who currently operate in non-academic contexts—media companies and museums, journalism and publishing, government jobs and policy centers, foundations and non-profits—and those who work on public-facing projects in academic settings, the conference will explore the array of career possibilities for humanities doctorates.


Thursday, November 21, 2019

6:30-7:00 pm Coffee and Light Dessert (1014 Tisch Hall)

7:00-8:45 pm Keynote Talks (1014 Tisch Hall)
Jay Cook, Introduction
Earl Lewis, “Remembering Why We Matter”
Jacqueline Antonovich, “Mentoring Graduate Students in the 21st Century: Lessons from a Misfit Historian”

Friday, November 22, 2019

9-9:15 am, Weclome Back (1014 Tisch Hall)
Jay Cook

9:15-10:45 am, Panel 1: Public Engagement Strategies (1014 Tisch Hall)
Adrian Burgos, Jr., Jon Kingsdale, Tracye A. Matthews, Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Gianna May Sanchez (chair)

11 am-12:30 pm, Panel 2: Building Transferable Skills (1014 Tisch Hall)
Jamie Hart, Emil Kerenji, Amanda Moniz, Susan L. Ziadeh, Amelia Burke (chair)

1-2:30 pm, Lunch Breakout Sessions preregistration required (Michigan Room, Michigan League)
Table 1: Places for Stories: Museums, Exhibits, and Public Histories
Table 2: Mediums For A Message: Television, Radio, and Film
Table 3: The Virtual Reality of the Present: Digital Humanities and Blogging
Table 4: History Into Politics: Policy Centers and Consulting
Table 5: Mastering Many Domains: Multiple Academic Worlds
Table 6: Driving Innovation: Academic Administration

2:45-4:15 pm Panel 3: What I Wish I Had Known in Graduate School (1014 Tisch Hall)
Tamar Carroll, Minayo Nasiali, Rebekah E. Pite, Parna Sengupta, Taylor Sims (chair)

4:30-5:30 pm Closing Comment and Audience Responses (1014 Tisch Hall)
N.D.B. Connolly, Matt Villeneuve (chair)


Jacqueline Antonovich
Jacqueline Antonovich is an assistant professor at Muhlenberg College where she specializes in the history of medicine, health, and politics in the United States. She is also the co-founder and executive editor of Nursing Clio, a peer-reviewed blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender, health, and medicine.

Adrian Burgos, Jr.
Adrian Burgos, Jr. is a professor of history and the interim director of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on US Latino history, African American history, urban history, and sports history. He has also been centrally involved in multiple film documentaries and electronic publications related to the cultures of Latin American/Latinx baseball.

Tamar Carroll
Tamar Carroll is associate professor and chair, Department of History, Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the author of Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism, co-editor of Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election, and co-curator of “Whose Streets? Our Streets!”: New York City, 1980-2000.

N.D.B. Connolly
N.D.B. Connolly is the Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on racism, capitalism, politics, cities, and migration in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition to writing op-eds for the New York Times and Washington Post, he is one of three executive producers for BackStory, a nationally syndicated podcast and radio program.

Jamie Hart
Jamie Hart is the co-founder and executive director of the Coalition to Expand Contraceptive Access (CECA) in Washington DC. Building on a long history as a leader in multiple health sectors, she specializes in health equity, reproductive health/reproductive justice, maternal and child heath, and behavioral health. She is particularly known for her ability to pull together diverse public and private stakeholders, build consensus, and help organizations use evidence and expert opinion to guide program and policy decisions.

Emil Kerenji
Emil Kerenji is a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has authored and co-authored several Holocaust source volumes published by the museum, and designed, with Leah Wolfson, Experiencing History, a digital tool offering primary sources for college-level instruction.

Jon Kingsdale
Trained at the University of Michigan as a historian, Jon Kingsdale has spent most of his career in healthcare finance and public policy before recently returning to academia as a professor (part-time) in public health. Over five decades, he has worked as a journalist, health insurance executive, consultant and public official—specifically, as the founding director of the Massachusetts state health insurance marketplace that was the model for “Obamacare.”

Earl Lewis
Earl Lewis is the founding director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions and the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of history, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy. He is president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Tracye A. Matthews
Tracye A. Matthews is a historian, curator, and filmmaker working within and between the realms of academia, public history, museums and documentary film. She is currently executive director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. She was centrally involved in designing major exhibitions on African American life in Chicago, as well as the African presence in Mexico.

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga is associate professor of science, technology, and society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the prominent historians of Africa engaged in a variety of public-facing projects. He is the author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe.

Amanda Moniz
Amanda Moniz is the David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2008 and subsequently held a Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University.

Minayo Nasiali
Minayo Nasiali is a historian of modern Europe and empire and an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is working on her second book, Black Markets, which is a trans-imperial history of shipping and racial capitalism in the twentieth century.

Rebekah E. Pite
Rebekah E. Pite is associate professor of history at Lafayette College. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in History and Women’s Studies in 2007. Her research focuses on histories of gender, food, consumption, and labor in Argentina and southern South America.

Parna Sengupta
Parna Sengupta is a senior associate director with Stanford Introductory Studies, working primarily with the Thinking Matters program and the Thinking Matters fellowship. She arrived at Stanford in 2008 from Carleton College, where she was an associate professor in South Asian history.

Susan L. Ziadeh
Ambassador Susan L. Ziadeh is a Middle East strategic advisor based in Washington, DC, following a twenty-three-year career with the US Department of State. She was most recently the deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs and the US ambassador to the State of Qatar under President Obama. She is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Presented by the Department of History with support from:

Center for Social Solutions
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
Department of American Culture
Department of Comparative Literature
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Department of Middle East Studies
Department of Women’s Studies
Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
Institute for the Humanities
Rackham Graduate School
Residential College
Building: Tisch Hall
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Graduate, Graduate School, History
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of History, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Residential College, Judaic Studies, Comparative Literature, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Rackham Graduate School, Department of Middle East Studies, Women's and Gender Studies Department, Department of American Culture, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Center for Social Solutions
Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, November 21, 2019 7:00-8:45 PM