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“Planning Your Intellectual and Professional Future in Challenging Times,“ with Dr. Leonard Cassuto - Canceled

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

In accordance with the university's guidance on the novel coronavirus response, this event has been canceled.

Whether planning for an academic career or options beyond the academy, doctoral students confront a challenging and rapidly shifting professional landscape. Although many of the challenges facing today’s doctoral students are well documented, this talk by Leonard Cassuto, “Graduate Advisor” columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education, outlines how individual students and PhDs can make sense of multiple (sometimes conflicting) messages about career trajectories, understand and assess risk, and cultivate resiliency as they transition to life beyond the PhD. Cassuto will frame his remarks around the concept of “The New PhD”—also the title of his forthcoming book (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020).

Leonard Cassuto, Ph.D. headshotDr. Leonard Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University and author or editor of eight books on American Literature and culture. His most recent book, “The Graduate School Mess: What Caused it and How We Can Fix It (Harvard UP, 2015),” was inspired by the monthly column, “The Graduate Advisor,” that he writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Cassuto, a national authority on graduate education, has served as a consultant for the Mellon Foundation, the Modern Language Association, and for top-ranked PhD programs across the country.

This event is part of the 2020 Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week and is sponsored by Duke Religious Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, and The Graduate School. Questions? Contact The Graduate School's professional development team at



Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library (rm 153)
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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity
  • Appreciation Week