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Graduate Student Open House & Resource Fair

Event Type
Reception/Open House
Humanities Research Institute
Levis Faculty Center
Feb 16, 2024   2:00 - 5:00 pm  
Humanities Research Institute
Originating Calendar

Join us for an afternoon of presentations, conversations and more—a showcase of graduate student work in the humanities and arts and the opportunity to explore resources available to graduate students in humanities-based graduate education.

Don’t forget to visit the HRI table at the resource fair to learn more about all we do to support graduate students on and off campus!  And do join us for a culminating reception/happy hour at 5 p.m.

All activities below will take place in Levis Faculty Center.


2:00–5:00 p.m.

Resource Tables - Room 300
Visit with representatives from a variety of campus organizations to learn all about the programs and resources they offer for graduate students in the arts and humanities.  

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Writers Workshop Live  – Rooms 304 and 307
Note: Advance registration is required for the Writers Workshop consultations. 30-minute sessions with Writers Workshop counselors. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

2:00-2:50 p.m.

Lightning Round of Graduate Research Projects – Room 300
Hear graduate students from a range of disciplines in the humanities and arts present their work in 5 minutes or less, followed by a Q&A. Featuring:

  • María B. Serrano-Abreu, Educational Psychology, Interseminars Fellow, 2022-23
  • Joseph Coyle, Anthropology and HRI Graduate Fellow, 2021-22
  • Beatriz Jiménez, Spanish and Portuguese and Interseminars Fellow, 2022-23
  • Ky Merkley, Classics and HRI Graduate Fellow, 2023-24
  • Alexandra Sundarsingh, History and HRI Graduate Fellow, 2023-24
  • Toyosi Tejumade-Morgan, Theatre, Interseminars Fellow, 2022-23
  • Dora  Nicole Watkins, Social Work and Interseminars Fellow, 2023-24

3:00-3:50 p.m.

Campus Connections Panel – Room 300
Have you ever wondered who can connect you to campus resources aimed at graduate students thinking beyond their courses and programs? This panel features short presentations and Q&A from three campus leaders with PhDs in the humanities who are spearheading initiatives that relate to careers in academia and beyond. Featuring:

  • Derek Attig, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development, Graduate College
  • Karen Rodriguez’G, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Mary Ton, Digital Humanities Librarian, University Library

4:00–4:50 p.m.

Public Humanities in Action Panel – Room 300* 
Public Humanities is one of the most dynamic and fast-growing arenas in colleges and universities today. Come and hear about what projects in this field look like first-hand from humanities practitioners at the University of Illinois. Short presentations followed by Q&A. Featuring:

  • Ashli Anda, Philosophy and HRI-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Public Humanities, 2023–24
  • Divya Nair, HRI-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Humanities as Social Practice, 2023–24
  • Azlan Smith, Writing Studies/English and HRI-Mellon Predoctoral Fellow in Public Humanities, 2021–22

Demo: Graduate College's Fellowship Finder - Room 304* 
Learn how to use the Graduate College's database of grants and fellowships for graduate students.

*Simultaneous sessions

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Reception/Happy Hour – Room 210


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