CANCELED - GSAS: Cracking the Culture around Careers


Friday, April 3, 2020, 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Barker Center, Thompson Room

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. We plan to offer it again in the future. 

The academic job market has been tight for years and many graduate students in the humanities express interest in exploring career options beyond academia. However, the culture of academic departments, especially in the humanities, often discourages students from openly discussing their career interests amongst their peers and their advisers. And yet, students, alumni, and many faculty recognize the necessity of opening the conversation and breaking the taboo around pursuing “alt-ac” careers. Come hear from alumni and current students about their experiences exploring careers beyond academia, and from faculty who advise them. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions anonymously.

Panelists include:

Lisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, and her advisees:

- Field Brown, PhD candidate, English

- Emily Silk, PhD candidate, English

- Elizabeth Weckhurst, PhD candidate, English

Richard Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics, and his former advisee:

- Ariane Schwartz, Course Operations Specialist, McKinsey Academy, McKinsey & Co.



This program is co-sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities and OCS.