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This seminar series explores a range of Public Humanities practices, projects and perspectives to help us think about how we might expand the contexts of meaning and impact for our work as scholars, teachers and creative artists. We will identify the skills necessary to become effective PH practitioners within and beyond academic settings.

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Seminar Schedule

September 19        Katina Rogers, HASTAC
“Putting Your PhD to Work: How and Why to Cultivate a Public Voice”
Translate your skills and knowledge for different audiences to have an impact within the communities you care about.
September 26 Karen Offitzer, MFA in Film Program, Stony Brook Southampton
“Introduction to Short Filmmaking”
Use your iPhone to document work and create a narrative around research.
October 3 Kathleen Russo and Tony Dec, Audio Podcast Fellows Program at Stony Brook Southampton
“Introduction to Podcasting”
Learn tools and techniques for creating a compelling podcast.
October 17 Sung Gheel Jang, GIS Center, Stony Brook University
“Geospatial Narratives: Mapping Sciences for the Public Humanities”
Find out how interactive mapping sciences can be an effective communication platform for advancing public engagement.
October 24 Elyse Graham, Stony Brook University
“Digital Humanities as Public Humanities"
Re-envisioning the humanities for the digital age.
October 31 Peggy Christoff and Susan Scheckel, Stony Brook University
"Oral History & Experiential Learning”
Learn how to incorporate oral history and other public humanities projects in the classroom.
November 7 Jennifer Anderson and Adrienne Unger, Stony Brook University
“Career Pathways: Museums & Arts Administration“
Learn how you can put your humanities skills to work in the cultural sector.
November 14 Stacy Hartman, MLA Connected Academics
“The Portable Humanities“
Explore the idea that the humanities are a mindset and a set of skills that we take with us wherever we go and into whatever line of work we choose.

 Seminar Presenters

Katina Rogers is Director of Administration and Programs for the Futures Initiative and HASTAC at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her scholarly work addresses higher education reform, with emphasis on career development, equity, labor policies, public scholarship, and scholarly communication practices. Her forthcoming book, Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Theory, Practice, and Models for Thriving Beyond the Classroom, is under contract with Duke University Press. Rogers is the editor of #Alt-Academy, a digital publication dedicated to exploring the career paths of humanities scholars, and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Karen Offitzer received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, and an MA from New York University.  Her short fiction and essays have been published in several literary journals and magazines, and she has received grants and awards for her short documentary work. She oversees teacher training in the departments of Creative Writing, Film and TV Writing at Stony Brook University.

Kathleen Russo is the Co-Director of the Audio Podcast Fellows Program at Stony Brook Southampton. She curates the “Writer Speaks” Wednesday Series and special events for the Summer Writers Conference at Stony Brook. In addition, she produces the WNYC production podcast/radio show Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin.  She has been a contributor to The Moth and This American Life. Past producing credits include: two movies with Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Gray’s Anatomy, And Everything Is Going Fine) and the Obie Award-winning play, Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell.

Tony Dec is the Co-Director of the Audio Podcast Fellows Program at Stony Brook Southampton.  He created and launched Bloomberg News's podcasting startup and curated content and produced programming for Bloomberg's many media properties. Tony was the principal editor for the Peabody Award-winning documentary, Leonard Bernstein: An American Life; a producer at Sirius and Sony; and has produced audio content for Time and Conde Nast magazines.

Sung-Gheel (Gil) Jang is the director of the Geospatial Center at Stony Brook University, and the faculty director of the Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Geospatial Science. He received his Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Elyse Graham is Assistant Professor of English at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on the future of books and textual culture in the internet age. She also writes about the history of the English language – and in particular the history of the English language in New York City. Her first book, The Republic of Games: Textual Culture Between Old Books and New Media, was published in May 2018 by McGill-Queen's University Press.

Peggy Spitzer Christoff is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies and is Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University.  She received her BA in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and an MA and a PhD also in International Relations, from American University. Before coming to Stony Brook, Peg managed programs and conducted research in Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery for Asian Art, the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center for International Scholars and Federal Research Division, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s China Debate Series, and the East-West Center’s Asia Matters for America initiative. 

Susan Scheckel, Associate Professor of English, teaches American literature and culture before 1900, with a special interest in race, affect theory and the history of emotion. She has served as the Associate Provost for the Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development and currently co-chairs the Provost's Task Force on Applied Learning and the Stony Brook Experiential Learning Committee, working to expand and improve opportunities for experiential learning at Stony Brook across all disciplines.

Jennifer Anderson,  Associate Professor of History, has a PhD from NYU and an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. She has worked as a curator, exhibition developer, site director, or consultant at over a dozen museums. She's currently collaborating on projects with the National Park Service, Preservation Long Island, and the Long Island Museum.  

Adrienne Unger is the Program Coordinator at the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. She has worked for the  Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation of Maryland, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the Kennedy-Krieger Institute and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She was a reporter for Crain Communications Inc.’s Business Insurance in their Washington, D.C., bureau and did freelance writing for various publications including Jubilee, Black Engineers and NSBE Magazine. Adrienne’s poetry, essays and reviews have been published in The Southampton Review, Chautauqua, Harvard Review Online, FLARE: The Flagler Review, Linden Avenue Journal, Fifth Wednesday Journal,Passager and The Scene and Heard, among others.

Stacy M. Hartman has been project manager of Connected Academics at the Modern Language Association (MLA) since 2015. Her interest in the relationship between PhD education and careers began during her doctoral studies at Stanford, where she organized a speaker series of Stanford staff members who had PhDs. Since coming to the MLA, Dr. Hartman has been an advocate for doctoral reinvention in the humanities, arguing that for the sake of both graduate students and the humanities as a whole, graduate education in the humanities must become more sustainable, more engaged, and more student-centered. She is one of the co-authors of the Doctoral Student Career Planning Guide for faculty members and programs, and she is currently co-editing a volume titled Mission Driven: Reimagining Graduate Education for a Thriving Humanities Ecosystem for MLA.


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