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Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, 18 February 2021

  • 12:00 – 1:15pm EST: Welcome and Plenary Session HistoryLab: A Blueprint for Humanities at Work in the World
  • 2:00 – 2:30pm EST: Lightning talks 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • 2:45 – 3:15pm EST: Lightning talks 5, 6, 7, and 8
  • 3:30 – 4:00pm EST: Lightning talks 9, 10, 11, 12 + wrap up

Friday, 19 February 2021

  • 12:00 – 1:00pm EST: Discussion groups (choose A or B)
  • 1:30 – 2:30pm EST: Discussion groups (choose C or D)
  • 3:00-4:00pm EST: Discussion groups (choose E or F)
  • 4:15 – 5:15pm EST: Closing Remarks + Networking/Social Event

Full Program

Opening Plenary

February 18, 12-1:15pm EST

HistoryLab: A Blueprint for Humanities at Work in the World

As graduate education seeks to expand its reach well beyond the academy, how should visionary doctoral programs foster transferable skills, innovate more collaborative modes of teaching and learning, and support humanities research in the public service? What would a truly collaborative, public-facing research seminar in the humanities actually look like at the levels of conception, implementation, logistics, and sustainability? This panel showcases a highly successful pilot partnership between the University of Michigan History Department and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to create content for the Museum’s flagship digital primary source tool – Experiencing History: Holocaust Sources in Context – for college classrooms around the world. UM History faculty and Museum professionals worked together to design and co-teach a HistoryLab, in which teams of students created, researched, and contextualized digital primary source collections now live and being used in over 1,000 courses in 45 states and 20 countries. The emphasis here will be on practical questions of impact and efficacy, explaining how this collaboration came together from three different vantage points – course instructor, institutional partner, and department chair.


  • Dr. Rita Chin, Professor of History and Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Jay Cook, Professor of History and Department Chair, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Leah Wolfson, Rosalyn Unger Director of Campus Outreach, National Academic Programs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks 1, 2, 3, and 4 (combined session)

February 18, 2-2:30pm EST

  • “Transforming Graduate Education by Working with Community Leaders” with Ryan McBride
  • “Creative Approaches to Community-Engagement During COVID-19: Research and Resources through Speculative Fiction” with Ivan Gonzalez-Soto
  • “A Story of a 360 Education: From my community to college to my community again” with Kashema Hutchinson
  • “Not Losing the Birth Lottery: Increasing Access for International Graduate Students in the US” with Qiyang Zhang and Soumya Mittal

Lightning Talks 5, 6, 7, and 8 (combined session)

February 18, 2:45-3:15pm EST

  • “Combining Models of Project-Based Learning and Work” with Brennan Collins
  • “Interdisciplinary Solutions for Social Impact: A Graduate Experience at Arizona State University” with Sally Kitch
  • “Climate and Environmental Justice Problem and Project-Based Teaching at CUNY” with Milena Popov and Paul Bartlett
  • “Applying Ideas from an Experimental Urban Humanities Graduate Program to Undergraduate Teaching” with Nerve Macaspac

Lightning Talks 9, 10, 11, and 12 (combined session)

February 18, 3:30-4:00pm EST

  • “Career Boot Camps for Humanists” with Chris Golde and Beth Seltzer
  • “Convincing the Public to Invest in the Liberal Arts” with Raymond Haberski
  • “Theorizing Humanities Skills: A Pedagogy for Program Management” with Yevgenya Strakovsky
  • “Transformative Learning as Collaborative Learning: Co-Writing a Student-Centered Cookbook” with Tatiana Ades, Kendra Sullivan, and Dree-el Simmons

Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups A or B (pick one)

February 19, 12:00-1:00pm EST

  • “The Public Humanities: Expanding Graduate Educational Opportunities and Outcomes” with Kristen Galvin
  • “Reimagining Graduate Recruitment and Admissions” with Daniel Fisher, Scott Muir, Kathryn Temple, and Amy Defibaugh

Discussion Groups C or D (pick one)

February 19, 1:30-2:30pm EST

  • “Peer Mentorship” with Lucien Baskin, Kate McPherson, Kia Thomas, and Manuel Gonzalez
  • “Managing Administrative Burnout in Student-Centered Programs” with Jenna Lay

Discussion Groups E or F (pick one)

February 19, 3:00-4:00pm EST

  • “Pedagogy’s Publics: Access-Oriented Teaching as Public Humanities Practice” with Francisco Delgado, Tara Coleman, and Brian DeGrazia
  • “Inclusion, Agency and Community in Higher Education: Making the most of ‘Student Life’” with CUNY Peer Leaders: Sam Ascencio, Moses Matos, Ramesh Beharry, Sheila Janeo; Program Co-Directors Lauren Melendez, Kashema Hutchinson, Kaysi Holman​

Closing Remarks + Networking/Social Event

February 19, 4:15-5:15pm EST