GSAS: Cracking the Culture around Careers


Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm



Recent contraction of the already tight academic job market this past year has made graduate students and their faculty advisers even more aware of the need for PhD students to explore their career options beyond academia. However, the culture of academic departments, especially in the humanities, can discourage students from openly discussing their career interests amongst their peers and their advisers. Come join this candid conversation with GSAS students, faculty and alumni in the humanities as we discuss the value of the PhD throughout the world of work and tackle the remaining taboo around pursuing “Alt-Ac” careers.

With an introduction from Robin Kelsey, Dean of Arts and Humanities and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, panelists include:
• Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature
• Ariane Schwartz, Digital Delivery Specialist, McKinsey Academy at McKinsey & Company (PhD ’11, Classical Philology, The Classics)
• Emily Silk, Editor, Harvard University Press (PhD ’20, English)
• Richard Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics

This event is co-sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities, The Advising Project at GSAS, and the FAS Office of Career Services


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