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Humanities Research and Transferable Skills for PhD Students: A Lunchtime Conversation

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

To what extent does humanities Ph.D. training prepare students for a broad range of careers? Are the skills honed by taking classes, writing seminar papers and dissertations, and teaching truly transferable beyond the academy? How might diverse or innovative research experiences help Ph.D. students enhance their preparation for both academic and nonacademic job markets? If you are interested in these questions (and need a break from writing that single-authored twenty-page seminar paper), join us for lunch and lively conversation. Our panel of Ph.D. students will address the relationship between research activity and skill building—specifically, how their research engagements with Bass Connections, Humanities Labs, and Data+ honed project management skills that can transfer to myriad academic and nonacademic work settings.


  • Iara Dundas, Art, Art History & Visual Studies
  • Mary Caton Lingold, English
  • Ashton Merck, History
  • Cole Rizki, Literature


  • Edward Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies; PI, Versatile Humanists at Duke

This event is sponsored by Versatile Humanists at Duke, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and The Graduate School. Questions? Contact Maria LaMonaca Wisdom at

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Rubenstein Library, Room 249
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Event Category

  • Professional Development