Learning from Predoctoral Workshops (Humanities Without Walls)
The "Humanities Without Walls" consortium, of which Penn State is a member, has created an innovative approach to graduate training in the humanities. It consists of a three-week intensive, residential summer workshop in Chicago for individuals who are working towards but have not yet received a PhD in a humanities discipline, and who plan to continue their degree programs while also considering careers outside the academy and/or the tenure-track system.
The summer workshop shows students how they can use their developing skills towards the pursuit of careers in the public humanities and the private sector (also sometimes referred to as “alt-ac” careers). Past participants in the workshop have described it as "two years' worth of networking in three weeks". In this event, three Penn State workshop participants will share their experiences from the first two summers of the Humanities Without Walls program, and explain what it might offer current Penn State graduate students - regardless of whether they are thinking of careers in or out of academe.